Message from the Dean

Welcome to the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia. As you explore our website you will discover an outstanding community of faculty, practitioners, students and staff working together to advance and influence education, research and practice in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences.

This is a time of profound and multi-faceted change across the healthcare system, which supports an expanded scope of practice and expectations for pharmacists. Most notably, this includes new models of care and a heightened focus on medication management and patient outcomes. The pace of change in academia is unprecedented, with growth in areas such as online learning, team science and continuing education demanding new approaches. And the roles and relative strengths of different players across the healthcare, pharmacy and higher education landscapes continue to evolve.

This is also a time of tremendous opportunity and we are playing a key role in developing the profession and preparing our graduates for an exciting future in a wide variety of careers. Moreover, the development of our strategic plan – Catalyst for Change: 2017–2022 – provides us with a unique set of opportunities to engage and work with the various members of our extended community and be a catalyst for positive and lasting change in pharmacy practice and the pharmaceutical sciences.

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences fosters a collegial and supportive environment where students thrive, where research and scholarship flourishes, and where people are proud to belong. I strongly encourage you to find out more about us through this site, and of course you are very welcome to come and visit us and see for yourself what makes this such an inspiring place to be.

Michael Coughtrie BSc(Hons) PhD FCAHS
Professor and Dean