Akua Appiah-Num Safo, PharmD, MS

PhD Student
Akua Appiah-Num Safo



PhD Student


Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy, 2012

MS, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Florida, College of Pharmacy, 2017

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Akua is currently pursuing her PhD in Social and Administrative Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems. She is also finishing up minors in Global Public Health and Program Evaluation. Akua received her PharmD degree from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy-Duluth with Leadership Emphasis in 2012 and her Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Concentration in Medication Therapy Management) from the University of Florida- Gainesville in 2017. Akua has experience in Tele-Pharmacy, Long term care, Inpatient and Out-Patient Pharmacy practice. Her research interest is in education and implementation science within the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) – the influence of students’ experiences on their learning and practice. In Global Public Health, her interest is in knowledge application in solving public health issues around the world. And in evaluations, she seeks to understand the “why” and “how” programs work and to identify gaps for improvement.

Awards & Recognition

Marcellus and Laura Grace Inaugural Fellowship (2022)

Social & Administrative Pharmacy Grants to Advance Graduate Education (GAGE) Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems (2019)

Professional Associations

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)

International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)

UMN Alumni Association

Curriculum Council

University of Minnesota - Medical Reserve Corps (UMN-MRC)


Research Assistant (2021-present); Graduate Teaching Assistant (2022); Course: Advance Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE); Course Instructor (2020-2021) Pharmacy Learning Collaborative (PLC); Courses: Phar 4204w-5204 Drugs and the US Healthcare System; Phar or Masters or Grad students; Graduate Teaching Assistant (2019-2020); Courses: PHAR 7411; PHAR 7412; PHAR 7413; Community Pharmacy; Ambulatory Care (CPAC); PharmD students