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The School of Pharmacy includes the Departments of Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Pharmacy. The PharmD core curriculum includes courses from all three Departments (as well as courses from Conjoint and Pharmacology, in the School of Medicine). Students may also choose elective courses from all three departments. Faculty listings (including areas of focus and contact information) may be found on each Departmental website, as listed below. Students may also explore options for future and/or concurrent graduate study.

Department of Medicinal Chemistry

Location: Health Sciences Building H-Wing, 1st floor
Phone: (206) 543-2224
Chair: Kent Kunze, Ph.D.

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry seeks to provide an understanding of the biological effects of drugs at the molecular level. Topics addressed in the PharmD program include fundamental concepts of medicinal chemistry, principles of physical organic chemistry and reaction mechanisms relevant to drug specificity and metabolism. In addition, practically all of the important classes of medicinal agents are covered from the perspectives of biological activity, mechanisms of action, biotransformation, and the chemical and physical properties that govern absorption, distribution and excretion. To facilitate student preparation for the medicinal chemistry courses, a qualifying exam, developed by Medicinal Chemistry faculty, is administered to entering students prior to entering the program. Students who do not pass this exam are required to take MEDCH 400, Fundamental Concepts in Medicinal Chemistry in Autumn Quarter of the first year.

Research activities of department faculty include studies on various aspects of drug metabolism, mechanisms of drug action and toxicity, the metabolic consequences of phenotypic and genotypic diversity in the population, drug-drug and drug-gene interactions, biophysical aspects of virus assembly and virulence, and biomedical mass spectrometry. Department faculty offices and laboratories are located on floors -1 and 1 of the H-Wing in the Health Sciences Center.

Graduate Study in Medicinal Chemistry

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry offers a program of graduate study leading primarily to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Occasionally students complete the M.S. degree. The faculty in Medicinal Chemistry offer diverse opportunities for study and research at the interface between chemistry and biology. There is an emphasis on the chemical and molecular aspects of drug action and drug metabolism that includes both laboratory experimentation and computational work. Additional information is available on the Department of Medicinal Chemistry site.

Department of Pharmaceutics

Location: Health Sciences Building H-Wing, 2nd floor
Phone: (206) 543-9434
Chair: Kenneth E. Thummel, Ph.D.

The Department of Pharmaceutics is a place where an unwavering commitment to excellence in research, instruction and service is demonstrated through the extraordinary productivity and success of our faculty, staff and students. Our program focuses on physiologically-based approaches to drug delivery and disposition. We offer a training environment that includes cutting edge laboratory instrumentation and technologies, award-winning faculty, devoted and experienced teachers, and knowledgeable staff.

Graduate Study in Pharmaceutics

The Department of Pharmaceutics offers programs of graduate study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy. The program provides research training in the fundamental aspects of drug disposition, drug delivery, and drug action. Additional information is available on the Department of Pharmaceutics site.

Department of Pharmacy

Health Sciences Building H-Wing 3rd floor
Phone: (206) 543-6788
Chair: H. Steve White, Ph.D., B.S.Pharm., R.Ph.

The Department of Pharmacy faculty are responsible for teaching the practice-related portion of the PharmD curriculum, specifically in pharmacy administration, therapeutics, practice and outcomes. The Department also offers graduate study (see below), certificate programs, and supports general and specialized pharmacy residencies, as well as research fellowships in select areas of pharmacotherapeutics. Please review the Department of Pharmacy webpage and Mission and Vision page for more information about training programs, certificates, graduate degrees, research, and our faculty.

The Bracken Pharmacy Learning Center

Location: Health Sciences Building T482
Contact: Rachel A. Allen, Bracken Center Director

The Bracken Pharmacy Learning Center (BPLC) provides an optimal environment in which to help students develop competency in patient skills, communication skills, and foundational pharmacotherapy skills needed to provide optimal patient-centered care. Students spend time during the first, second, and third professional years in the BPLC attending skills courses in pharmacy practice, advanced communications, applied pharmacotherapeutics, compounding, drug information, and physical assessment. Additionally, the BPLC is a multipurpose space used to support health fairs, open houses, certificate programs, and used by pharmacy practitioners in the community for skills development programs and special projects.

Graduate Study in Pharmacy

The Department of Pharmacy offers graduate study leading to the following graduate degrees:

Residency and Fellowship Programs

The Department of Pharmacy offers Fellowship and Residency programs.

Clinical and Affiliate Faculty Preceptors

In addition to the School of Pharmacy’s full and part-time faculty, over 850 pharmacists throughout the Pacific Northwest contribute to our program as members of our clinical and affiliate faculty, representing a variety of pharmacy practice settings such as community, hospital, nursing home, government and industry. Information on the names, addresses and practice settings of these faculty members can be obtained from Experiential Education.