The Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems (PCHS) advances the practice of pharmaceutical care and its role in the healthcare system for the benefit of patients & society through education, research, & service.
PCHS is dedicated to the advancement of pharmaceutical care. Pharmaceutical care was originally conceptualized by faculty within our department and continues to be an integral focus to our departmental identity. Our faculty engage in a diverse array of pharmacy practice models and services in partnership with healthcare systems, health disciplines, and the community at large to provide high-quality patient-centered care. Our faculty meet this need through patient care, practice-based research, practice innovation, and education. Learn more about our practice faculty
Faculty and trainees within our department study the pharmacy profession, patient care behaviors, government policies, and the economic, clinical, and humanistic aspects of medications. Learn more about our research and scholarship in:
- Patient Care
- Pharmaceuticals and Public Policy
- Educational Research
PCHS embraces a leadership role in curricular innovation at the College. Our faculty are serving in leadership roles that are creating new learning experiences for Doctor of Pharmacy students and modeling innovative teaching and learning strategies in a variety of courses. Learn more about our advancing education in:
- Curricular Domains
- PharmD Emphasis - Leadership
- Advancement of Experiential Education
- Innovations in Teaching
PCHS in the News
Steve Schondelmeyer is featured in the CBS News story, "Prescription drug prices can vary by thousands of dollars depending on where you buy them." He was also featured in the Star Tribune stories "Minnesota employers target high medication prices with 'playbook" and "Minnesota patients paying the price of drug roulette."
Amy Pittenger is quoted in the Minnesota Daily story, "UMN looks to revamp longstanding lib ed requirements."
Greg Rhee was quoted in several news outlets regarding his research that found doctors are increasing simultaneous prescriptions of benzodiazepines and opioids: MPR, Mesabi Daily News, and Association of Health Care Journalists.
Kristin Janke, Social and Administrative Pharmacy graduate student Lisa Hillman, and alumnus Kathryn Smith were quoted in the December Academic Pharmacy Now article, “Together, We Write,” which celebrated the #RxWritingChallenge.
Wendy St. Peter is quoted in the Minnesota Daily story, "Long-awaited academic health restructure goes into effect."
Ann Philbrick is quoted in the Duluth News Tribune story, "Shortage of shingles vaccine expected to continue through 2019, St. Luke’s pharmacist says."
Amy Pittenger, PharmD, MS, PhD, has been named Head of the Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems Department effective Jan. 21, 2020.
More than 50 percent of physicians experience burnout. One suggested path toward reducing the rate of burnout has been to examine how teamwork can improve satisfaction on primary care teams.
Use of a class of pain drugs called gabapentinoids has increased more than three-fold between 2002 and 2015. Gabapentinoids treat epilepsy, burning pain and neuropathic pain associated with diabetes, fibromyalgia, anxiety and restless legs syndrome.