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.

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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 advancing education in:

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

Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. Jean Moon & Dr. Jody Lounsbery

Dr. Jean Moon on left and Dr. Jody Lounsbery on right

Dr. Jean Moon and Dr. Jody Lounsbery are faculty in PCHS, College of Pharmacy at the Broadway Family Medicine Clinic. Dr. Moon is the Program Director for the Postgraduate Pharmacy Residency Program. Dr. Lounsbery is an Assistant Director for the Postgraduate Pharmacy Residency Program.

Research Spotlight:
Dr. Lisa Hillman

portrait of Lisa Hillman

Exploring the medication experience of African American women living with or at high risk for chronic kidney disease: A phenomenological investigation.

PCHS Announcements

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.

Joel Farley

Joel Farley, PhD, has been named the Peters Endowed Chair in Pharmacy Practice Innovation, effective July 1, 2019.

Farley joined the College of Pharmacy as a professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems in August 2017. He previously served as interim director of the Center for Medication Optimization through Practice and Policy; and as professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rui Zhang

The three-year award is given to the most promising faculty who have been newly granted both tenure and promotion to associate professor.


PCHS in the News

Stephen Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD, was invited to testify at a Senate Hearing of the Homeland Security & Govt. Affairs Committee. COVID-19 Part II: Evaluating the Medical Supply Chain and Pandemic Response Gaps.

Jon Schommer, MS, PhD, RPh, was named ed Editor-in-Chief of PharmacyIn 2018, he joined Pharmacy as an associate editor. In the past 3 years, Dr. Schommer has been active in editorial work and has done an excellent job. Taking on the new role, Dr. Schommer has a message for you and all Pharmacy readers, expressing his enthusiasm and expectation of the journal. Please see:

Stephen Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD, is a key contributor to the COVID19--CIDRAP Viewpoint: Part 6 Ensuring a Resilient US Prescription Drug Supply.

Stephen Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD, is quoted in a Politico story about the drug industry pushing the FDA to solve its growing inspection backlog.

Jason Varin, PharmD, received the Pharmacy Advocacy Award at the MPhA Annual Meeting, for his work to help pharmacies that were damaged by vandalism and looting in the aftermath of civil unrest in the Twin Cities.

Ann Philbrick, PharmD, BCPS, Chrystian Pereira, PharmD, BCPS, and colleagues had their work "Education and Attitudes on Medical Cannabis in Family Medicine Residency Programs," published in Family Medicine.

Stephen Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD was interviewed by Fox13 Salt Lake City for the article, COVID-19 pandemic strains the US's prescription drug supply chain.

Stephen Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD was quoted in a Medpage Today article, No Easy Fixes for Drug Supply Chain Problems.

Amy Pittenger, PharmD, MS, PhD, has been appointed as part-time liaison to the Executive Vice President & Provost’s Office. In this role, Amy will help advance discussions with academic leaders at all levels of the University to achieve its goal of developing “innovative, coordinated, and scaled systemwide distributed learning models that increase access and meet workforce needs” as part of the Systemwide Strategic Plan.

Stephen Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD, was quoted in a CNN article,Coronavirus pandemic is causing 'unacceptable' shortages in US drug supplies, report says.”

Kristin Janke, PhD, Keri D. Hager, PharmD, BCACP, and Anita Sharma, PharmD, presented evidence in support of short, targeted, patient-centered care IPPEs in this case study report, “Unpacking student learning from an early experience with the Pharmacists' Patient Care Process.” 

Ann Philbrick, PharmD, BCPS, was quoted in the Time article, “Why This Year's Flu Vaccine Will Be So Vital in the Fight Against COVID-19.”

Stephen Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD, was interviewed for the Science article, "Drug recently shown to reduce coronavirus death risk could run out, experts warn." The interview was also referenced as part of the Latin Post article, "Gilead to Launch Human Trials for Inhaled Form of Remdesivir To Treat COVID-19."

Jason Varin, PharmDwas interviewed for the NBC News story, "Elijah McClain was injected with ketamine while handcuffed. Some medical experts worry about its use during police calls."

Amy Pittenger, PharmD, MS, PhD, was interviewed for the Star Tribune story, "In first year, University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel leads school through health and social crises."

Todd Sorensen, PharmD, and Carrie Martin Blanchard, PharmD, MPH, authored the article, "A Partnership to Optimize Medication Use and Patient Outcomes," for Drug Topics.
Ann Philbrick, PharmD, was interviewed by the U of M to discuss the flu vaccine,
Joel Farley, PhD  and Betsy Hirsch, PharmD, RPh, were interviewed for the PolitiFact story, "What is remdesiver? Why experts are hopeful but cautious about its use for COVID-19." Hirsch was also quoted in the MedPage Today story, "COVID-19 Antibiotic Overuse Puts Stewardship Efforts at Risk."

Kylee Funk
, PharmD, BCPS, had her article "Teamwork Really Does Equal Dreamwork - How Pharmacists Might Reduce Burnout" published in the spring 2020 issue of MPhA's, Minnesota Pharmacist.
Diana Langworthy, PharmD, BCPS  and Scott Chapman, PharmD, were interviewed for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement blog article, "Mobilizing Student Innovations During COVID-19."

Stephen Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD, was interviewed by CBS This Morning for the story, "Pandemic exposes drug supply shortages doctors have grappled with for 'more than two decades.'"
Wendy St. Peter, PharmD, was interviewed by the U of M to discuss kidney health awareness,