Departments and Divisions


The teaching, research and service activities of the 100+ full-time faculty members and hundreds of volunteer faculty are focused in the following five disciplines.

Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology

The department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology (ECP) is where bench and patient-centered research come together. ECP faculty, staff and graduate students work together to discover, apply and disseminate new knowledge to advance the science of human pharmacology and therapeutics and improve the outcomes of their patients.

Medicinal Chemistry

Medicinal Chemistry is a dynamic, multifaceted scientific discipline that is dedicated to the improvement of human health through research leading to new concepts for the design and development of safe and effective therapeutic, diagnostic, and environmental agents. Research in Medicinal Chemistry involves the application of both chemical and biological principles to investigations between molecular structure and biological activity.

Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems

The mission of The Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems is to advance the practice of pharmaceutical care and its role in the health care system for the benefit of patients and society through professional, graduate, and post-graduate education, research and service.


Pharmaceutics is the study of the quantitative aspects of drug delivery, and involves the design, development, and evaluation of drugs in combination with an appropriate dosage form. A pharmaceutical scientist characterizes physical properties of drugs, develops innovative delivery systems for drugs, quantitatively evaluates drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and pharmacological activity in the living organism.

Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences

We are dedicated to continuously improving interdisciplinary pharmaceutical care education, research, practice and service focused on the health and well-being of underserved, rural, and indigenous communities.


Clinical Affairs Division

The purpose of the Clinical Affairs Division is to provide visionary leadership of clinical practice for the College of Pharmacy.   This includes developing and maintaining relationships with external clinical partners for both the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses.  Clinical practice faculty are embedded into 3 departments within the College of Pharmacy:  Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems.  The division of Clinical Affairs works to unite clinical faculty across departments for support in clinical practice, scholarship and teaching.

Professional and External Relations

Serving the College of Pharmacy, the University of Minnesota, and the profession by building strong alumni and external loyalty through communication, recognition and advocacy.

Professional Education Division

To support the College's teaching and learning mission through the coordination of our professional programs, experiential education offerings, and innovative online learning opportunities. We additionally provide services to support student learning and professional development as well as our faculty members’ world-class instruction in pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice.