Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems

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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.

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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.  

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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

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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. 

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Faculty Spotlight

Research Spotlight

Dr. Pakhomov

Research in Dr. Pakhomov’s lab is focused on development and validation of novel computational methods and technology for collection and analysis of unstructured time-series data. For example: continuous speech and language, heart rate, and galvanic skin response in order to understand how behavioral and physiological characteristics related to changes in cognition and mental states are affected by neurodegenerative and mental health disorders, effects of medications, and exposure to stress. Currently, Dr. Pakhomov’s lab is engaged in three NIH funded projects. 


Slice of PIE Blog

Optimizing Meds, Creating Value, Transforming Practicc

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News and Announcements

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This is the highest recognition of excellence in the practice or provision of health care by AHC faculty.

Randy Seifert

Randy Seifert, PharmD, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, has been named the Peters Endowed Chair in Pharmacy

Pharmacy faculty

College of Pharmacy faculty received the highly-competitive Innovations in Teaching Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Mike Swanoski

Associate Professors Michael Swanoski and Sarah Westberg have been named Co-Associate Deans of Clinical Affairs.