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University of Pittsburgh

School of Pharmacy

1104 Salk Hall, 3501 Terrace Street
15261-1911, Pittsburgh
United States

Chartered in 1878, the School of Pharmacy is the oldest of the University of Pittsburgh's Schools of the Health Sciences. The School of Pharmacy is located in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, adjacent to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Like the five other Schools of the Health Sciences, the School of Pharmacy is affiliated with the internationally renowned academic medical center, the UPMC-Health System, which provides the region's largest and finest network of tertiary, specialty and community hospitals. Collectively, these facilities provide one of the nation's greatest, most complete health centers for teaching, patient care, and research in the health sciences.

Pharmacists are held in high esteem by the public, as evidenced by the nine-year number one ranking in honesty and ethical standards among the professions (Gallup polls). The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy is on the forefront of educating pharmacy's future practitioners with its four-year PharmD program. Setting the School apart from others is a curriculum that 1.) integrates science and practice throughout the course of study; 2.) emphasizes team building through collaborative learning in group work; 3.) leads the nation in its service learning program; 4.) offers professionally and technologically advanced methods of instruction delivery; and 5.) prides itself in excellent student-faculty relationships. The School of Pharmacy also enjoys a national reputation for the Clinical Pharmaceutical Scientist Program, a relatively unique PhD program that educates scientists to conduct translational or patient-oriented research.

Today, the School of Pharmacy is a leader in research, with endeavors ranging from patient care outcomes and human clinical research to research in molecular genetics. The School of Pharmacy is home to four centers: the Center for Pharmacogenetics, the Center for Education and Drug Abuse Research (CEDAR), the Pharmacodynamic Research Center, and the Center for Innovation in Health Care. The School also houses the Cell Imaging Core of the Center for Reproductive Science, a Neuroendocrinology Research Consortium, as well as, considerable chemistry expertise in the Bioanalytical/Proteomics Core and Medicinal Chemistry/Pharmacognosy Group . Collectively, these programs catapulted the School in the year 2000 into the top 10 among schools of pharmacy based on competitive research funding from the National Institutes of Health.

In education and patient care, the International Smoking Cessation Specialist Program and the Program for Pharmaceutical Care to the Underserved Population, respectively, are landmark programs that reflect the quality and excellence in the School of Pharmacy as are the Drug Information Center and Pittsburgh Poison Center. The School also has a direct link to the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) through one of its faculty members who also serves as the Scientific Director of IRETA. The latter is an organization through which state-of-the-art research is translated to the practice of substance abuse treatment.

The School of Pharmacy's overall reputation is grounded in the excellence of the teaching, patient care, research, and service conducted by the faculty, graduate students, residents, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and alumni of the School of Pharmacy.