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UTHSC College of Pharmacy Vision: To be the premier college of pharmacy by creating a rich culture of learning, research, scholarship, outreach and clinical care with the overall goal of improving human health in a team-based environment.


Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy is to bring the benefits of the pharmacy profession and pharmaceutical sciences to the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service.

The College of Pharmacy pursues this mission and supports the achievement of the University’s mission by:

  • Offering a professional degree educational program that produces knowledgeable, skilled and caring pharmacists who are prepared to optimize medication therapy;
  • Conducting research, scholarship and post-graduate training in the design, development,production and utilization of medications and in the areas of clinical care, education and healthcare in order to prevent or treat disease and injury; and
  • Delivering patient care services, based on contemporary evidence-based guidelines, best practices and research findings to the citizens of Tennessee and the region; and
  • Serving as a resource to the community, health care professionals, policy makers, and scientists on the safe, equitable, efficient and effective use of medications for the citizens of Tennessee and beyond.

UTHSC and UT Mission Statements

Core Values

In pursuing the mission of the College of Pharmacy the faculty, students, and staff are guided by these shared values, which are the foundation of its practices, spirit, and culture. We are dedicated to:

  • Advancing excellence.
  • The profession of pharmacy with an orientation to the future.
  • Our student pharmacists, alumni, citizens of Tennessee and beyond.
  • Professionalism in faculty, staff and students.
  • Mutual trust, respect, honest, integrity and accountability.
  • Interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork.
  • Diversity in our faculty, staff and student body.
  • Continuous quality improvement.
  • Practice that is evidenced-based.

The College of Pharmacy pursues these mission elements by focusing on the four major areas of:

  1. Student Access and Success
  2. Research and Scholarship
  3. Clinical Care and Outreach
  4. Resource Stewardship
Fast Facts
  • Founded in 1898
  • One college with three campuses across the state: Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville


  • Eight-year accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education until 2023


Degrees Offered

  • Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD) - UTHSC College of Graduate Health Sciences
  • Dual PharmD/PhD - with UTHSC College of Graduate Health Sciences
  • Dual PharmD/Master of Health Informatics and Information Management (MHIIM) - with the UTHSC College of Health Professions
  • Dual PharmD/Master of Business Administration (MBA) - with University of Memphis

College Leadership

Leadership Position Name


Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, MBA

Associate Dean, 

Peter A. Chyka, PharmD

Associate Dean, 
Academic Affairs

Dawn Havrda, PharmD

Associate Dean, 
Graduate Programs and Research

Bernd Meibohm, PhD

Associate Dean, 
Continuing Education

Glen Farr, PharmD

Associate Dean, 
Strategic Initiatives and Operations

Brad Boucher, PharmD

Associate Dean, Student Affairs

Jennifer Williams, PharmD

Assistant Dean, 

Shelia Cooper

Associate Dean, 

Tracy M. Hagemann, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy

Richard A. Helms, PharmD

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Bernd Meibohm, PhD


Student Body Profile (incoming PharmD students, Fall 2016)



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Out-of-State Students (%)


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The class entering in the fall 2016 is comprised of 25.3% minority students, of which 8.6% are African-American students.

A Letter from Dean Chisholm-Burns


Dean Chisholm-BurnsFor more than a century, the College has been a leader in pharmacy education, practice, and research. In fact, the U.S. News and World Report magazine recently ranked the College as one of the top 20 pharmacy schools in the nation. We are accredited by the American Council for Pharmacy Education.

The College has successfully recruited and retained a very high quality faculty, that consists of nationally and internationally recognized educators, practitioners, pharmaceutical scientists and leaders in academic pharmacy. Student pharmacists receive an exceptional education because of the excellence of our faculty, staff, student services, curriculum and experiential learning programs. Our students are among the brightest in the nation. Our student pharmacists also possess a heart to serve humankind. One of the major strengths of the College is the national recognition of our student organizations and professional fraternities via awards for excellence. These accolades demonstrate not only the quality of our student body, but the College’s commitment to student professionalism and community service. Read more...

Last Published: Nov 21, 2017