Cultivating Pharmacy Practice, Driving Research & Scholarship and 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.

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. pharmacy practiceOur 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.  dataLearn 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 advanacing education in:

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

graduate schoolStudy 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:
Kylee Funk

kylee funk in clinicPart of interprofessional partnership to improve medical access for growing, diverse downtown community.

Faculty Spotlight:
Oscar Garza

Oscar GarzaAddressing critical health inequities using a framework of social justice and University-Community partnerships.

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: MPRMesabi 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."

PCHS News

chrystian pereira smileys clinic

When I was asked to talk about a recent patient experience, I could not stop thinking of one particular patient. We can call him Bucky, because he loved Wisconsin teams. He is likely on my mind because he has just died and I am going to miss his big personality in our clinic.  

american pharmacists month

Each October, American Pharmacists Month is celebrated and promotes pharmacists as medication experts, an integral member of the health care team, and directly involved in patient care.

The goal of American Pharmacists Month is to educate the public, policy makers and other health care professionals about the role pharmacists play in the reduction of overall health care costs and the safe and effective management of medications. Pharmacists have a significant role in assessing patients’ medication management in patients and referring them to physicians.

herbal therapies

Diabetes is a growing concern for people in the United States — over 29 million Americans suffer from this chronic disease today.

“Diabetes is a complicated chronic condition requiring intensive self-care management,” said Greg Rhee, Ph.D., M.S.W. The adjunct assistant professor at the College of Pharmacy believes complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) could be the key to maintaining the healthy lifestyle needed to combat diabetes.

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