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. Jon Schommer

Jon Schommer eventDr. Schommer is a professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems. He has devoted his career to teaching and research. Much of his work is related to the pharmacist workforce at both national and state levels.

PCHS Announcements

portrait of Don Uden

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy mourns the loss of Don Uden, PharmD, professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems, who died on Saturday, March 21.  

ranked 2 best pharmacy school U.S. news and world report

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy has ranked third in this year’s U.S.News and World Report’s ranking of pharmacy schools.

Amy Pittenger photo

Amy Pittenger, PharmD, MS, PhD, has been named Head of the Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems Department effective Jan. 21, 2020.


PCHS in the News

Improving Patient Outcomes Through Pharmacist-Led Comprehensive Medication Management

The Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT) funded eight projects this fall to improve health equity and accessibility in Minneapolis and across Minnesota. Wendy St Peter, PharmD, is leading a project to reduce medical-related disparities in African Americans with chronic kidney disease through her national initiative "Advancing Kidney Health Through Optimal Medication Management."

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.