Oscar Garza, MBA, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health System

Oscar Garza

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-624-0124

Office Address:
7-177 Weaver-Desnford Hall
308 Harvard St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address:
University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems, 308 Harvard Street SE, 7-177 Weaver-Densford Hall, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health System

Director, PRAXIS Institute for Community Health and Education

Curricular Domain Lead - Population Health and Health Equity

Program in Pharmaceutical Socioeconomics (Global Health & Health Services Research), University of Iowa

MBA, Specializations in Marketing, Finance, and International Business, University of Toledo

Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy Administration, University of Toledo; Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Toledo


Awards & Recognition

Academic Leadership Fellow - American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Health Equity Leadership and Mentoring Fellow - University of Minnesota Medical School

New Investigator Award - American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Member of Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society


Research Summary/Interests

Health Equity, Patient Medication Experience, Decision Making in Health Care Service Utilization, Global Health Services Development, Brand Development and Marketing Strategy for Health Care and Pharmacy Services, Population Health Management Strategy, Cultural Competency in Health Professional Education

Research Methods/Techniques

Community-Engaged Participatory Action Research/ Asset-Based Community Development Approaches, Social Epidemiology, Health Services Research and Behavioral Economic Analysis

Research Funding Grants

Funding Agency: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health Award Number UL1TR000114 - University of Minnesota Community Health Collaborative Grant, Title: Keeping our Food Supply Healthy: A Pilot Evaluation of Health Care Access and Bilateral Community Health Education for the Rural Latino Agricultural Worker in Minnesota, Role: Co-Principal Investigator (Institutional PI)

Funding Agency: Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, Title: Global is Local: Creating, Piloting, and Evaluating a Community-Engaged Learning and Service Rotation with Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in rural Minnesota, Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Funding Agency: C Charles Jackson Foundation, Title: Building Leadership Self-Awareness and Personal Engagement in Leader Development, Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Funding Agency: University of Minnesota Provost's Office and the Center for Educational Innovation, Title: Community Engagement in a Social Justice Framework: Community Health and the Medication Experience, Role: Principal Investigator

Funding Agency: University of Minnesota Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy, Title: Missed Opportunities in Cancer Prevention: A Multicultural Perspective on HPV Vaccination Services, Role: Principal Investigator

Funding Agency: Community Pharmacy Foundation, Title: Community Pharmacy Transitions of Care Services: Utilizing Technology to Enhance Patient Engagement, Role: Co-Principal Investigator (Institutional PI)

Funding Agency: American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Title: Development of Community Pharmacy Social Capital Assessment Tool, Role: Principal Investigator


Academic Interests and Focus

Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning, Interprofessional Education, Leadership Development, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Social Entrepreneurship

Teaching Areas

Population Health, Global Health, Health Services Development and Management, Management and Marketing in Health Care and Pharmacy, Health Equity, Leadership and Advocacy


PharmD: First Year Seminar-Introduction to Population Health and Professional Engagement, Community Pharmacy Management, Structural Violence and the Medication Experience, Global is Local: An Interprofessional Mobile Health Rotation with Migrant Farmworkers

PhD: Pro-Seminar-Introduction to Social and Administrative Pharmacy, Social Measurement