Olihe Okoro, PhD, MPH, MPharm

Director of Community Engagement and Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences
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Office Phone
Office Address

College of Pharmacy, 235 Life Science
Duluth, MN 55812-3003
United States

Administrative Assistant

Anna Foster


Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Director of Community Engagement


PhD, Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy, University of Florida, Gainesville

MPH, Social & Behavioral Sciences, College of Public Health & Health Professions, University of Florida, Gainesville

MPharm, Clincal Pharmacology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka

BPharm, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka

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Professional Associations

Association of American Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP); American Public Health Association (APHA); Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA)

Research Interests

  • Health Disparities
  • Social and Behavioral issues in Healthcare Services and Medication Utilization
  • Linkage to care and Medication adherence in vulnerable populations living with HIV/AIDS
  • Cultural Competency in Pharmacy Education and Healthcare Delivery



  • Okoro ON, Rutherford CA, Witherspoon SF. Leveraging the family influence of women in prostate cancer efforts targeting African American men. J. Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-017-0427-0
  • Okoro ON, Bastianelli KM, Wen Y, Bilden EF, Konowalchuk BK, MD2, Schneiderhan ME. Awareness of state legislation on naloxone accessibility associated with willingness to prescribe naloxone. Substance Abuse (2017). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08897077.2017.1356787
  • Okoro ON, Whitson SO. HIV risk and barriers to care for African-born immigrant women: a sociocultural outlook. International Journal of Women's Health. 2017 Jun 8;9:421-429. doi: 10.2147/IJWH.S129355. eCollection 2017
  • Okoro O, Odedina F. HIV Treatment in African American Women—Care That Makes a Difference. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 2016 Apr 29:1-9.
  • Okoro, O.N., Odedina F.T. Improving medication adherence in African American women living with HIV/AIDS: Leveraging the provider role and peer involvement. AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, Published online August 17, 2015. Available at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/095401...
  • Okoro O, Odedina F, Smith WT. Determining the Sufficiency of Cultural Competence Instruction in Pharmacy School Curriculum. Am J Pharm Educ. 2015; 79 (4) Article 50.
  • Okoro ON, Odedina FT, Reams RR, Smith WT (2012). Clinical Cultural Competency of 3rd Year Doctor of Pharmacy Students (3P) in Two Florida Public Institutions. Am J Pharm Educ. 2012; 76 (3) Article 40.
  • W. Thomas Smith, PharmD, JD, Justin J. Roth, 2012 PharmD Candidate, Olihe Okoro, BPharm, Carole Kimberlin, PhD, and Folakemi T. Odedina, PhD. Disability in Cultural Competency Pharmacy Education. Am J Pharm Educ. 2011; 75(2) Article 26