The College of Pharmacy has announced the creation of a new division – the Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice Division.
The division represents the union of two former divisions – the Pharmacy Administration Division and the Pharmacy Practice Division.
Dr. Ken Lawson will serve as head of the new division while Dr. James Karboski, will serve as assistant division head. Dr. Karen Rascati will serve as graduate advisor for the division.
Dr. Marvin Shepherd, who served as head of the Pharmacy Administration Division, and Dr. Jim Wilson, who served as head of the Pharmacy Practice Division, will remain as full-time faculty within the new division. Dr. Shepherd will continue to serve as Director of the Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies and Dr. Wilson has recently been appointed as chair of the University of Texas Institutional Review Board.
At the PharmD level, division faculty members are responsible for a variety of courses designed to prepare students to provide outstanding patient care. In addition, faculty members are involved in the pharmacotherapeutics sequence of courses and professional development convocation courses. Division faculty members also teach courses open to non-pharmacy students including Pharmacology for Nursing Students, Drugs in Our Society, and a variety of health-related topics open to entering freshmen known as Signature Courses.
Graduate-level courses taught by division faculty members help prepare graduate students to conduct research focused on improving the health of society. Topics related to utilization and cost of medication and other health care services, patient behaviors and outcomes, pharmacoeconomics, pharmaceutical marketing and management, pharmacoepidemiology, and practice-based research are covered.
Along with graduate coursework, division faculty members supervise research projects conducted by more than 30 post-graduates, including Master's and Ph.D. graduate students and health outcomes fellows. In addition, community and ambulatory care pharmacy practice residents are trained to deliver innovative clinical pharmacy services to patients and to become leaders in their respective fields.
The new division fosters opportunities for collaboration among faculty within and outside of the division in both teaching and research activities, particularly those that are practice-related.