Sharon L. Youmans, PharmD, MPH

Vice Dean and Professor
Eric Davila
Phone: +1 415 502-2063
Fax: +1 415 476-6632
513 Parnassus Avenue, MSB, Rm 160
UCSF Box 0403
San Francisco, CA 94143
United States


What I do

I serve as vice dean of the School of Pharmacy and lead all aspects of School administration in the absence of the dean. My specific responsibilities are to oversee the education and diversity initiatives of the School.

Departmental research area

My research expertise

health literacy, health communication including culturally sensitive communication strategies to enhance medication compliance, pharmacy education

Clinical expertise

community pharmacy practice, pediatrics

Professional background


Sharon L. Youmans, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA is a Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and in July 2013 was appointed as Vice Dean of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy. In her role as Vice Dean she oversees the schools education mission and diversity initiatives.

She received her PharmD degree from UCSF in 1985 and a MPH degree from San Jose State in 2005. Prior to receiving a faculty appointment in 2001, she worked as a pharmacist in the hospital and community pharmacy settings. From 2007 to 2013 she served as Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Clinical Pharmacy. From 2010 to 2013 she served as the clinical pharmacist at Glide Health Services, a nurse managed primary care clinic for homeless and uninsured citizens of San Francisco. Her focus was medication management and adherence strategies.

Dr. Youmans teaches on the topics of public health, communication, and cultural humility. Her research interests include health communication, health disparities, global health, and pharmacy education.

Research keywords

  • global health
  • pharmacy education
  • Health Communication/Health Literacy
  • Health Disparities in Pharmacy
  • pharmacists
  • Patient Care Team
  • Interinstitutional Relations
  • Fraud
  • Public Opinion
  • International Cooperation
  • Professional Role
  • Drug Labeling
  • education, pharmacy, graduate
  • Students, Pharmacy
  • Health Education
  • Schools, Pharmacy
  • toxicology
  • Education, Pharmacy
  • Counterfeit Drugs