Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy Sciences (CAPS)
The Department is composed of two major disciples - pharmacy practice component and social and administrative pharmacy sciences. There are sixteen faculty dedicated to pharmacy practice, and four to social and administrative pharmacy. Consequently, our department teaches close to seventy percent of the college's curriculum. In addition to the didactic component of the courses offered by the department, CAPS is also responsible for the experiential component of our curriculum. The Ph.D. program in social and administrative disciplines also falls under the umbrella of our department.
As a result of the College of Pharmacy being an integral part of the Health Sciences Center, the department has developed a closer relationship with the Howard University Hospital Pharmacy Department. We are jointly developing descriptions of new faculty positions. These descriptions reflect the mission of the Health Sciences Enterprise as a whole and embody the needs of the College of pharmacy as well as those of the Department of Pharmacy Services and the medical staff of the hospital. The major thrust of this approach is to build and strengthen all of the collaborative aspects of the provision of excellent healthcare. While Howard University Hospital serves as the primary site for in-patient professional clinical experience for our students, the college is also affiliated to many of the best medical facilities located in and around the Washington Metropolitan area.
The department continues to strive for excellence in teaching, clinical practice, research and public service consistent with the strategic mission, initiatives, goals and objectives of the University.
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences provides pharmaceutical education of excellent quality to students with high academic, scholarship and leadership potential in the Pharm.D. and Ph.D. degree programs. The students will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to deliver contemporary pharmaceutical care or to pursue advanced training to become pharmaceutical scientists and/or educator to meet the changing demands of the society. Faculties in the department have expertise in medicinal and computational chemistry, natural products, physical pharmacy, formulation, drug delivery, biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics
Research programs are one of department's main areas of focus. Students enrolled in the graduate program will have a state-of-the art research facility which includes cell culture, synthesis, formulation and pharmacokinetic labs. The department has a Center for Drug Research and Development, a cGMP facility with Dr. Emmanuel Akala as its Director. The department offers graduate teaching assistantship to qualified students along with a tuition waiver on a competitive basis. Interested students are encouraged to browse through the Web pages and request further information by contacting the Office of Admission.
Experiential and External Programs
Experiential education comprises approximately one-third of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. It includes two major components which are the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE).