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Mission & Vision

Foundation and Values

The School of Pharmacy is an inclusive community that fosters an environment supportive of advancing our goals and enabling us to take active roles in regional and global initiatives relating to our overall mission. We are committed to a culture that is open, ethical, and collaborative, embraces excellence, respects diversity of thought, and encourages diversity among its faculty, staff and students.

School Vision

To be recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in pharmacy education, research and service that partners effectively with others to promote the discovery, development and appropriate use of medications for the welfare and safety of the public.

Mission Statement

Instructional: We educate student pharmacists to work in partnership with other health professionals to provide accessible, compassionate, and integrative pharmaceutical care with the goal of enhancing patient outcomes. In addition, we provide high quality graduate and post-graduate education tailored to foundational and advanced training in the pharmaceutical, clinical and health outcomes sciences.

Research and Discovery: We provide scientific leadership through development of innovative research programs in the biomedical sciences, conduct basic, translational and outcomes research, and make informed decisions at preclinical, clinical and post-approval stages of drug discovery, development and implementation.

Service: We serve patients and the wider community as committed and compassionate leaders in the use of our knowledge and discoveries to help develop and disseminate solutions to complex healthcare problems and promote the health and well-being of regional, national and global populations.

Educational Philosophy Statement

The goal of the PharmD program is to ensure our graduates possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to render care in an evolving health care system. Our educational experiences are designed to provide a strong foundation in the biomedical, socio-behavioral, administrative, clinical, and pharmaceutical sciences, a heightened understanding of the economic, cultural and social issues affecting patients and health care delivery, and the ability to apply this knowledge in collaboration with others to further practice, education, and research. Students are also encouraged, through professional and community outreach activities, to develop and incorporate new practices that enhance public health, systems management, and patient-centered care in diverse populations and settings. 

Strategic Plan

The School of Pharmacy 2010 Strategic Plan addresses the instructional, research and service missions of the School. Because these missions are highly interrelated, there is a unifying focus of the strategic plan: to promote “the safe, rational and cost-effective use of pharmaceuticals in patients and populations.” Read the Strategic Plan (PDF).


University of Washington 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, www.acpe-accredit.org.


Showcasing Our School's Excellence

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The School of Pharmacy is proud of our accomplishments in teaching, research and service to the community. Our special report highlighting those accomplishments, "Excellence at the School of Pharmacy 2013," showcases many of the exciting achievements of our School, faculty and students. View the digital version or the PDF of the report or request your own print copy by e-mailing Sarah Guthrie.