Department of Pharmacy Administration

College of Pharmacy

Mission, Vision & Guiding Values

Department of Pharmacy Administration

Strategic Plan 2006-2010



The mission of the Department of Pharmacy Administration is to serve as a catalyst to enhance the quality of professional and graduate education within the College and University; generate and communicate knowledge through innovative research to improve pharmacy education, pharmacy services, healthcare outcomes, and health policy; and contribute to community well being through service in the domain of the social, administrative and educational pharmaceutical sciences.


It is committed to excellence in all its pursuits.  Its goals are to:

  create an atmosphere of learning and inquiry within the Department community that  builds upon the strengths and attributes of its faculty and graduate students.

  foster scholarship, research, education, and service initiatives that reflect and respond to the increasing needs of the profession of pharmacy and the health outcomes of society.

  educate doctor of pharmacy students in the social and administrative sciences with the ability to translate that knowledge and skill development to the practice of pharmacy and the benefit of an increasingly diverse US society.

  educate graduate students in the scientific method and its use in scientific discoveries within the social and administrative sciences and pedagogy.

  establish research directives that nurture and promote the scholarships of discovery, integration, application, and learning.

  partner in collaborative research of an intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary nature.

  disseminate knowledge with the goal of encouraging the safe, effective, and rational use   of pharmaceutical products and services, improving healthcare outcomes, and influencing health policies that benefit society.


The Department of Pharmacy Administration aims to be a premier disciplinary program among the Colleges/School of Pharmacy in the United States by 2010 in
pharmacy health services research, pharmacy health policy, and pharmacy education through the strength of faculty collaboration and initiative.  It aims to foster and facilitate high intellectual, scholarly, and meaningful pursuits for its faculty and graduate students and the professional students within the College.  It recognizes, too, the invaluable contribution and enrichment gained from collaboration with colleagues within and outside of the College and endeavors to create meaningful, lasting relationships that will serve society in the new millennium.

Central Guiding Values

 Boldness – To advance knowledge and seek new horizons of inquiry in a confident manner.
 Collaboration – Recognizing that this value synergizes creativity, innovation, discovery, and public service.
 Diligence – Investing the time and energy to fulfill the Department’s teaching, research, and service mission.
 Excellence – Committing to high quality in all Department pursuits on an individual and a programmatic basis.

 Initiative – Recognizing and performing what needs to be accomplished and performed to benefit society and advance the profession of pharmacy.

 Justice – Taking responsibility to uphold what is pure, right and true to those the Department serves through its initiatives and create an environment that promotes respect for and understanding of diversity of people, beliefs, and ideas.
 Knowledge – Creating it with the goal for societal benefit through the advancement of the profession of pharmacy.

 Service – To use knowledge and skills to the benefit of a dynamic, global society.


Doctor of Pharmacy Program

 1.        Continually review and improve professional program departmental course work for continuity and cohesiveness and to ensure that course objectives and  goals contribute to the development of performance-based abilities in students.

 2.        Implement and evaluate additional active learning principles to complement existing teaching strategies in the PMAD professional course offerings.

 3.        Advise/counsel doctor of pharmacy students with the commitment toward effective and meaningful career planning.

 4.        Create an Academic Residency Program to accommodate one yearly doctor of pharmacy




Departmental Graduate Program

 1.        Establish the Doctor of Philosophy degree as the central focus of the program.

 2.        Review and enhance the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree program curricula.

 3.        Create innovative learning models and strategies that foster interdisciplinary education with other graduate programs at UIC.

 4.        Develop a cohesive seminar series that nurtures and increases the performance-based abilities of departmental graduate students and is at the cutting edge of important issues that confront the profession and the patients/consumers it serves.

 5.        Monitor and review outside UIC graduate courses for their contribution to the knowledge and skills of Department graduate students.

 6.        Develop strategies and opportunities to enhance the number of American students and domestically educated students to make application to the program.

 7.        Increase enrollment of doctor of pharmacy students into the program through various strategies (e.g., Pharm.D.-Ph.D.)

 8.        Develop methods to encourage and work with mid-career pharmacists desiring to enter graduate school.

 9.        Fund graduate student attendance at one national meeting per year for students who actively participate in meeting activities (e.g., poster/podium   presentation, roundtable   discussion, major committee assignment, national office).

10.       Increase graduate student participation at national professional/research conferences.

11.       Augment administrative (e.g., clerical) support for the graduate program infrastructure.



Department Faculty

 1.        Ensure faculty and staff excellence through competitive compensation and supportive resources.

 2.        Develop a systematic peer review system for teaching evaluation.

 3.        Focus on three strategic research areas and recruit two new faculty members (i.e., one Assistant Professor, one Associate Professor) to complement and work integrally with departmental faculty engaged in those areas of inquiry.

             a.         Pharmacy Health Services Research

                        1)    Outcomes research

                        2)    Pharmacoeconomics

                        3)    Pharmacoepidemiology

                        4)    Operations Research

                        5)    Systems Evaluation

                        6)    Safe Medication Use

                        7)    Social/ Behavioral Pharmacy

                        8)    Workforce Studies

             b.         Pharmacy Health Policy

                        1)    Pharmacy Management

                        2)    Comparative Health Systems

                        3)    Politics of Healthcare

                        4)    Industrial Organization

             c.         Pharmacy Education

                        1)    Pedagogy/Andragogy

                        2)    Instruction Methods and Evaluation

                        3)    Curriculum Design and Evaluation

                        4)    Educational Policy

                        5)    Theory of Education

 4.        Develop strategic goals, e.g., research plans, for individual faculty.

 5.        Secure increased research funding for scholarly activity and Departmental infrastructure.

 6.        Secure funding for an endowed professorship/head.

 7.        Work collaboratively with the profession and professional associations to address issues/problems confronting the profession (e.g., medication errors, pharmacist reimbursement for cognitive services).

 8.        Work collaboratively with faculty colleagues within and outside of the UIC COP.

 9.        Work with pharmacy colleagues in the pharmaceutical industry on projects of mutual interest.

10.       Work with community and/or local/state/national policy makers (e.g., State of Illinois, Community Outreach Programs, CMS, the FDA, the USP) on projects of mutual interest that serve patients/consumers.


 Department Graduate Students

 1.        Generate travel funds to attend one national conference (e.g., ISPOR, Midwest Social and Administrative Pharmacy Conference) per year for students who actively participate in meeting activities (e.g., poster/podium presentation, roundtable discussion, major committee assignment, national office).

 2.        Generate funds to provide needed infrastructure support to perform research and teaching activities.

 3.        Create a balance between teaching assistant and research assistant experiences during the student’s graduate education to promote one’s success beyond graduate school.


 Graduate Alumni

 1.        Maintain contact with and follow alumni longitudinally in their careers to assess the value of the program to their careers and through this mechanism identify methods to enhance the current program more so.

 2.        Nurture alumni continued involvement in Department programs and offerings through adjunct appointments and research advisory groups, among others.