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School of Pharmacy

UCSF School of Pharmacy
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About the School

Whether moving forward an agenda of drug-related science or guiding young PhD scientists-in-the making, whether giving patients specialized pharmacy care or preparing a new generation of Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) clinicians, the School is focused on preserving and improving the quality of human life.

  • As the nation's top-ranked doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program, it is succeeding.
  • As the oldest school of pharmacy in the West, it has a long history of accomplishment in science, patient care, and in training tomorrow's PhD researchers and PharmD clinicians.
  • As pioneers on the frontiers of everything from the biology of drug dosing to the application of computers in drug design, the School's faculty members are used to leading the way.

Today, the UCSF School of Pharmacy is working to create a future where sophisticated and tailored medicines subdue disease and sustain lifelong health effectively, efficiently, cost-effectively.

To this end, the School is:

  • Studying molecules that are involved in both normal and disease-related biological processes with the goal of disrupting the steps that lead to disease
  • Investigating how our unique genetic profiles affect our responses to drugs, and how we can use this information to better treat people with medicines and design new and vastly more effective medicines with fewer side effects
  • Researching the economic, social, behavioral, and public policy issues that affect drug use and health care delivery -- everything from the best way to help people stop smoking tobacco, to the cost of drugs for the elderly -- all with the goal of improving pharmaceutical care
  • Training a new PharmD as the consummate clinician prepared to pursue a broad range of careers in pharmaceutical science, pharmaceutical health policy and management, as well as direct patient care
  • Preparing young scientists in fields that will hasten drug discovery -- including the fields of chemistry and chemical biology, pharmacogenomics, and biological and medical informatics
  • Serving on national committees and boards that influence the direction of research and health care delivery, especially as it relates to medications
  • Empowering people with the information they need to make the best personal choices about medications.

The UCSF School of Pharmacy is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

logo University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/664-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.

More about the School

Go to: School of Pharmacy home page

Historical highlights

  • Founded in 1872 as the first pharmacy school in the West.
  • Affiliated with the University of California in 1873.
  • First to train pharmacists as drug therapy specialists.

Signs of success

Accomplishments

More: Accomplishments

Dean

  • B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD

Academic departments

Academic programs

PharmD professional programs

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) professional degree with pathways in:

Also: PharmD/MSCR, PharmD/PhD.

PhD graduate programs

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduate degrees in:

Postdoctoral training

Numbers

as of July 18, 2013

Faculty

 

salaried

97

without salary

738

Students

 

PharmD

491

PhD

353

 

Biophysics

54

 

BMI (BI only)

33

CCB

53

PSPG

46

UCSF/UCB JGGB

196

Postdoctoral

 

fellows

108

residents

19

Staff

284

Academic appointees

101

Alumni (living)

 

PharmD (includes BS)

5,761

MS

115

PhD

1,137

Budget FY 2010-2011

More than US$67 million of which 30% is from federal contracts and grants. (See Funding.)

Location

The School is located in San Francisco, California, on the UCSF campuses of Parnassus, Laurel Heights, and Mission Bay, and also at other locations throughout California.

UCSF

The School is part of the University of California, San Francisco, a graduate institution devoted solely to the health sciences.

UC

UCSF is one of 10 campuses of the larger University of California system.

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