Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems

A student talking with a professor inside Pharmacy store

Cultivating Pharmacy Practice.
Driving Research and Scholarship.
Advancing Education.

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.

Featured Offerings

Cultivating Pharmacy Practice

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

Driving Research and Scholarship

Faculty and trainees within our department study the pharmacy profession, patient care behaviors, government policies, and the economic, clinical, and humanistic aspects of medications. 

  • Patient Care
  • Pharmaceuticals and Public Policy
  • Educational Research

Learn more about our research and scholarship

Advancing Education

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. 

  • Curricular Domains
  • PharmD Emphasis - Leadership
  • Advancement of Experiential Education
  • Innovations in Teaching

Social & Administrative Pharmacy Graduate Program

Study the social, psychosocial, political, legal, historic, and economic factors that impinge upon the use, non-use and abuse of drugs. 

Learn more about SAPh Degree Programs

Faculty Spotlight

Portrait of Stephen Schondelmeyer

"We want to move away from the "fail and fix" approach to the "predict and prevent approach", which includes transparency and supply-demand databases."  

Research Spotlight

Dr. Ann Philbrick

Dr. Ann Philbrick is an associate professor in PCHS, College of Pharmacy and the department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. She is on the faculty of Woodwinds Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program and maintains her pharmacy practice at Bethesda Family Medicine Clinic.

Portrait of Debbie Pestka

Embedding researchers into practice can help health systems ensure that they are providing evidence-based care delivery, and the highest quality and most cost-effective care.


Slice of PIE Blog

Optimizing Meds, Creating Value, Transforming Practicc

Learn more about the Slice of PIE blog

News and Announcements

Dr. Jean Moon and Dr. Jody Lounsbery

Dr. Jean Moon on left and Dr. Jody Lounsbery on right Broadway Family Medicine Named Clinical Training Site of Excellence

Dr. Ann Philbrick

Dr. Philbrick leads the College of Pharmacy in COVID-19 education programs

William Elmquist and Todd Sorensen Headshots

William Elmquist, PharmD, PhD, and Todd Sorensen, PharmD, FAPhA, FCCP, have received the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education as part of the University of Minnesota 2020-2021 Distinguished Teaching Awards.

Portrait of Stephen Schondelmeyer

"We want to move away from the "fail and fix" approach to the "predict and prevent approach", which includes transparency and supply-demand databases."  

Barbara Brandt and Mark Schneiderhan Headshots

Barbara Brandt, PhD, and Mark Schneiderhan, PharmD, BCCP, have been inducted into the Academies of Excellence.

Dr. Andrew Traynor Headshot

Dr. Andrew Traynor, PharmD, BCPS, has accepted the position of assistant dean of experiential education, effective June 30, 2020. He also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems.