Since pharmacy and medicine are the backbone of the healthcare system, the Faculty of Pharmacy at Ziauddin University has taken it upon themselves to construct Pharm.D programmes that are one of the best offered by any university in Karachi.
In today’s fast paced world, we cannot afford to be left behind other developing nations in providing quality drugs to our masses and professional manpower to our healthcare institutions. We have to cater to the needs of this system by producing well qualified, professionally trained and highly competent pharmacists to perform specialised tasks in their specific areas of activity, such as drug design, synthesis, manufacturing, quality assurance, marketing and supply system, procurement, storage, distribution and use of drugs in industry, hospital setting or in community practice. In all advanced healthcare systems, the support of a clinical pharmacist who is a drug therapy consultant and drug information specialist, is considered vital.
Realising the importance of the pharmaceutical industry, Ziauddin University started its 5-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) programme in January 2005. The Pharmacy institution of Ziauddin University is following the curriculum approved by Higher Education Commission (HEC) & Pharmacy Council of Pakistan (PCP) based on the semester examination system. This is an accredited and recognised programme of the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan.
The programme provides students with core knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes and values that are essential to the provision of pharmaceutical care. The professional courses in the Pharm.D curriculum consist of didactic material, laboratory courses, and practical experience in the patient care environment.
The Faculty of Pharmacy at Ziauddin University strongly believes in “professionalism”. The key values include acting in a patient’s interest, responsiveness to the health needs of society, maintaining the highest standards of excellence in the practice of pharmacy and in the generation and dissemination of knowledge.
In addition to knowledge and skills, pharmacists should present psychosocial and humanistic qualities such as caring, empathy, humility and compassion, as well as social responsibility and sensitivity to people’s culture and beliefs. We believe that all these qualities are required to ensure safe and effective medication use which can be achieved through the design of educational programmes.
Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Pharm.D open doorways of opportunities in numerous careers that make one successful and also help in evolving the field of healthcare. The career opportunities include Clinical researcher, Higher education lecturer, Medical sales representative, Pharmacologist, Research scientist, Science writer, Toxicologist etc.