A Vision for the Future

Published on 25 July 2022

At University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, we embrace change as opportunity. We’re not ones to rest on our laurels. And as pharmacy and health care continue to evolve, we are evolving right alongside them to ensure our students are well-prepared for the ever-changing landscape and demands of health care. 

The last few years have been full of excitement. We expanded our brand, building off the legacy of St. Louis College of Pharmacy and paving the way for future growth in the areas of health sciences and graduate studies. 

We have invested in our student experience through the addition of new programs, athletic teams, student support services and extracurricular opportunities, and we have welcomed new leaders to bring the University’s vision to life. 

But even as we evolve and innovate, we remain grounded in our mission to educate and advance communities of discovery to foster a healthier society. Every opportunity we have embraced, we have embraced with purpose, each time adding one more piece to our puzzle. 

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A UNIVERSITY 

To fulfill our vision of being a transformational leader in health education and research, our transition to a university structure became an essential evolution for our institution. With a university designation, we are empowered to pursue opportunities that previously would not have been possible. 

As a university, we can build on our strengths, explore new avenues to provide our students with expanded opportunities in and outside of the classroom, diversify our campus community and fortify our legacy in pharmacy and health care education. 

EXPANDING PROGRAMS 

In addition to our flagship Doctor of Pharmacy program, we offer 13 undergraduate and two graduate programs to encourage our students to think outside the box when it comes to a career in health care. 

Each pathway was designed to prepare students to make a positive impact in the lives of patients, from research to bedside care to administration, while demonstrating the power of interprofessional education and care. 

Undergraduate Programs 

  • Applied Behavioral Sciences 
  • Biochemistry 
  • Biomedical Sciences 
  • Biopsychology 
  • Computer Science* 
  • Data Science* 
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Health Care Administration and Management* 
  • Medical Humanities 
  • Neuroscience* 
  • Nursing (in partnership with Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College) 
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry 
  • Pharmaceutical Science 

Graduate Programs 

  • Global Health and Equity 
  • Medicinal Chemistry  

*In partnership with LCMC 

PATHWAY PARTNERSHIPS 

We have partnered with institutions across the region to provide our undergraduate and professional students with even more opportunities to enhance the value of their degree. These partnerships offer numerous benefits, including reserved seats and interviews, for students who want to jumpstart their pursuit of a health professions career in fields such as medicine, physical and occupational therapy, and dentistry. 

NEW COLLEGES

College of  Global Population Health 

The College of Global Population Health will serve as a primary home for the University’s global and population health related academic and research programs. The college also was created to help grow University engagement with the St. Louis community to promote health equity and to positively impact health outcomes. In addition, the college will help St. Louis College of Pharmacy equip pharmacy students with the population health competencies necessary to practice effectively in a rapidly evolving health care environment. 

Leading as the founding dean of the new College of Global Population Health is David Steeb, Pharm.D., MPH. Steeb came to UHSP from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy, where he served as an associate professor and Director of Global Engagement. 

College of Graduate Studies 

The College of Graduate Studies was established to elevate the status of graduate education at UHSP and provide a central home and needed infrastructure for graduate education at the University. The mission of the College of Graduate Studies is to provide leadership, coordination and administrative structure to support all graduate programs  at UHSP. 

The new College of Graduate Studies is led by Giovanni Pauletti, M.Pharm., Ph.D., interim dean of St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Gustavus and Henry Pfeiffer Endowed Chair and professor of pharmaceutics. Pauletti possesses 24 years of academic research, teaching and administrative leadership experience that provides a solid foundation for the development and implementation of a vision for graduate education that is aligned with the mission and core values of UHSP. 

EUTECTICS FORWARD 

The Eutectics Forward plan, launched in 2021, has spurred incredible growth in providing our students with a fulfilling and supportive experience while at the University. From expanding student services in academics, career support and cocurricular activities to growing our athletics opportunities, we are ensuring our students benefit from a complete college experience. 

WORK HARD. PLAY HARD. 

High achievers are often highly involved throughout their high school experience. UHSP has a knack for attracting bright students who challenge themselves academically, creatively and physically. At UHSP, we know that a nourished soul provides fuel for our students to pursue their career passions. 

Throughout our history, the fine arts, student organizations and decades-long traditions, have played a vital role in building the tight-knit, family community we have come to be known for. From theater and music opportunities to more than 63 student organizations, our students benefit from a full college experience, which allows them to create memories and forge friendships that last a lifetime. 

Through the launch of our Eutectics Forward program, we also have further expanded our broad offering of competitive athletics, allowing students to play the sports they love while getting a first-class education. 

A LASTING LEGACY 

University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis will always be known for educating exceptional pharmacists. The success of our students and alumni has been our legacy for 157 years. And as we continue to invest in our future, we will be known for so much more. 

Through a robust curriculum and unique opportunities in research, the arts, athletics and student life, we are committed to providing a campus community that encourages self-discovery and the pursuit of excellence. 

 


This story was first published in the spring 2022 issue of Script Magazine. To view past issues of Script, visit the Script Magazine archive. 

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