Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Students in Lab

Providing Outstanding Education, Excellence in Research, and Service to the Public and Other Health Professions.

The Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences (PPPS) is one of five academic departments within the College of Pharmacy and is geographically located on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. PPPS is an interdisciplinary department with faculty engaged in scholarship, practice and teaching across disciplines encompassing clinical, basic, and social sciences.

Our faculty and outstanding administrative and research staff are dedicated to continuously improving interdisciplinary pharmaceutical care education, research, practice and service focused on the health and wellbeing of underserved, rural, and Indigenous communities.

Graduate Studies

PPPS faculty are actively involved in a number of graduate programs within the College of Pharmacy and Medical School. They currently hold graduate faculty appointments in these programs:

For more information, contact the individual graduate programs.

Strategic Plan

 Read the PPPS strategic plan

The Minnesota PharmD

University of Minnesota Doctor of Pharmacy students become pharmacists who are generalist pharmacy practitioners prepared to identify, resolve and prevent drug related problems.  Students learn to provide patient care to achieve positive drug therapy outcomes that improve the quality of patients’ lives.


Students in Lab

Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty can best be described as multidisciplinary with expertise in the basic, clinical, social, and behavioral sciences. This diverse focus and departmental infrastructure sets the stage for collaborate research opportunities with colleagues in the Medical School Duluth, local and regional health care systems, and across other departments in the Academic Health Center.

Students play an important role in PPPS research laboratories, and numerous opportunities exist for students who have a desire to gain research experience as an undergraduate, professional, or graduate student.

Learn about College of Pharmacy faculty research expertise

Read our faculty's publications

Research Facilities

Facilities include a Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Laboratory with over 4000 square feet of laboratory space that serves four bench scientists and their research teams. An extensive and impressive list of state-of-the-art equipment is accessible to PPPS researchers in support of their research efforts.

RICH is an interdisciplinary health center focused on building alliances between researchers and tribal communities for community-based participatory research.

Brain Barriers Research Center (BBRC), a distinctive research group involving many disciplines in the College of Pharmacy and the Medical School (Duluth and Twin Cities) and dedicated to using cutting edge technologies in the treatment of brain disorders.


College of Pharmacy, Duluth celebrating 15 yearsCollege of Pharmacy, Duluth, 15 Year Celebration

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

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Meet Our Faculty and Staff

Department Head

Grant Anderson, PhD

Grant Anderson, PhD

Students talking

Since early September, Deann Tims and Sarah Patton, PD 4 students on rotation with Dr.

Mike Swanoski

The closing of rural pharmacies affects vulnerable demographics, such as the elderly and those suffering from chronic illnesses—leading to poorer health outcomes for individuals and their communities.

Laura Palombi

"Community pharmacists have an opportunity to engage with patients who might be at risk of opioid use disorder or of overdose," said Assist. Prof. Laura Palombi.