Paul Ranelli, PhD, MS

Professor Emeritus, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences
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Office Address

111 Life Science
Duluth, MN 55812-3003
United States

Administrative Assistant

Anna Foster


Professor Emeritus, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Honorary Fellow, Pain & Policy Studies Group, University of Wisconsin Madison, Fall 2014

PhD, Social Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin

Master of Pharmaceutical Administration, Wayne State University

Bachelor of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island

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Professional Associations

  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
  • American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society
  • Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

Research Summary

Factors influencing medication-use behavior, medication-use experiences, visual and performing arts as education tools for health-care professionals


Teaching Areas

Medication-use experiences; family caregiving and medications, medical sociology; societal/organizational issues in healthcare, communication, public health


Asojo, Abimbola O.; Ranelli, Paul L.; Cernasev, Alina; Pliska, Justine. Community Engaged Culturally Sensitive Pharmacy Design [Editorial], pp. 5-6. Community Engaged Culturally Sensitive Pharmacy Design [Research Article, Editors’ Choice], pp 30-35. Academic Exchange Quarterly, Fall 2018, ISSN 1096-1453, v22, n3; print version and online. To view four figures, see OA version, Editors’ Choice, Fall 2018 Community Engaged Culturally Sensitive Pharmacy Design,


Olander M, Waring S, Stenehjem DD, Taran A, Ranelli PL, Brown JT. Primary care clinicians' attitudes and knowledge of pharmacogenetics in a large, multi-state, healthcare system. Innovations in Pharmacy. [Accepted]

Schommer JC, Brown LM, Bortz RA, Cernasev A, Gomaa BT, Hager KD, Hillman L, Okoro O, Pakhomov SVS, Ranelli PL. "An Opportunity for Pharmacists to Help Improve Coordination and Continuity of Patient Health Care." Pharmacy (Basel). 2018 Aug 1;6(3). pii: E78. doi: 10.3390/pharmacy6030078.

Mager, NAD, Ochs L, Ranelli PL et al. Partners in Public Health: Public Health Collaborations with Schools of Pharmacy, 2015. Public Health Reports. 2017 132(3): 298-303.

Fierke K, Ranelli PL, Smith RC. "Leadership.History@Pharmacy: Teaching a historical perspective using a digital resource.” Pharmacy in History. 2012; 54(4): 112-114.

Smith F, Rees SA, Ranelli PL. “Pharmaceutical care: Incorporating the Needs and Perspectives of Caregivers." In Rickles NM, Wertheimer AI, Smith MC (Eds). Social and Behavioral Aspects of Pharmaceutical Care. 2nd Edition. 2010, Jones and Bartlett, 223-41. Chapter 12, Book chapter.

Worley MM, Schommer J, Brown L, Hadsall R, Ranelli P, Stratton T, Uden D. Pharmacists' and Patients' Roles in the Pharmacist-Patient Relationship: Are Pharmacists and Patients Reading from the Same Relationship Script? Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2007; 3(1):47-69.

Schommer JC, Pedersen CA, Worley MM, Brown LM, Hadsall, RS, Ranelli, PL, Stratton TP, Uden DL, Chewning BA. Provision of risk management and risk assessment information: the role of the pharmacist. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 2006; 2(2): 458-78.

Hardigan PC, Ranelli PL. Perceptions of cheating and self-reported cheating behaviors of first-year and third-year pharmacy students. The International Journal of Pharmacy Education, winter 2006, Issue 1. On-line journal. [

Haddad AM, Berger BA, Fassett WE, Ranelli PL, Buerki RA. Leading students to care: the use of clinical simulations in ethics reaction panel. Journal of Pharmacy Teaching, 2005: 12(1); 81-109. [Republished, 12/2011; 12(1), DOI:10.1300/J060v12n01_07]


Imagine Fund, University of Minnesota, To Really See: Exploring the medication taking experience through art, $3000.

Performance gift for play Go Ask Alice, 2016. $23,160. HealthPartners.

Consultant-team member, Engaged Department Grant, 2016. $5,000. University of Minnesota Office of Civic Engagement (Laura Palombi, PI).

Intercampus Grants Award Program Award, UMN College of Pharmacy, 2014-2016. Theater as an Educational Tool for Health Disparities and Medicines. $20,000. Paul Ranelli (Duluth campus) and Jon Schommer (Minneapolis campus).

College of Pharmacy and Academic Health Center Compact Funds (internal). Exploration of the use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for pharmacist workforce and health-outcomes analyses. 2007-2008. $10,000. Shared relationship with two College departments one on each campus

Wilderness Health Care Coalition Grant. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). 2004-07. HIT Based Regional Medication Management Pharmacy System. UC1HS14965. $1,374,616. Evaluation consultant (with University of Minnesota colleagues Timothy Stratton, PhD, and Marcia Worley, Ph.D.)