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Sharon Youmans, PharmD, MPH
Vice Dean and Professor
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
Community pharmacy practice, Pediatrics
MPH, Public Health, San Jose State University, 2005
PharmD, University of California, San Francisco, 1985
Pre-Pharmacy, University of Southern California (USC), 1981
Sharon L. Youmans, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, 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 also holds a volunteer faculty appointment as Professor in the UCSF School of Nursing, Department of Community Health Systems.
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 competence. Her research interests include health communication, health disparities, global health, and pharmacy education.
Licensure and certifications
Licentiate in Pharmacy, California, 1985