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Department of Clinical Pharmacy

About Us

Our Mission, Vision, Core Values, Philosophy and History

To advance health through excellence and innovation in pharmacy education, patient care, research, and public service.

Our Vision
To be the best at bridging gaps in patient care, especially for the underserved.

Our Core Values
Caring, Integrity, Diversity, Collaboration, and Excellence.

Our Philosophy


  • Provide innovative, inter-professional experiences to develop students and pharmacists as integral members of the health care team
  • Educate students and pharmacists to apply evidence-based approaches to practice
  • Develop students and pharmacists to become leaders in all practice settings
  • Provide educational programs to the public at large

Patient Care

  • Provide evidence-based care that optimizes medication use across all health care settings
  • Optimize health outcomes through partnerships with patients, caregivers, health care professionals, policy makers and health plans
  • Ensure safe and effective therapy through secure and reliable medication prescribing, supply and delivery systems


  • Generate and disseminate knowledge to advance patient care, medication safety, disease prevention and treatment, health care cost-effectiveness and quality, and pharmacy education
  • Apply new knowledge to develop, evaluate and disseminate innovative health care delivery models, pharmacy education models, and health policy

Public Service

  • Participate in local, state, national and global health programs that promote and advocate health improvement, wellness, disease prevention and treatment, and access to health care
  • Serve as patient advocates especially for underserved populations
  • Participate as active leaders of the University and the public at large

Our History
The Department of Clinical Pharmacy has functioned as an independent unit since 1973 when the Department was approved by campus administration as the School of Pharmacy Division of Clinical Pharmacy. Through a cutting edge approach to practice, education, and clinical research, Clinical Pharmacy at UCSF has achieved international prestige. The faculty developed and established the first clinical pharmacy curriculum in the world. This curriculum serves as a model for many other Schools of Pharmacy. Over one-third of the paid faculty have been elected to serve on the boards of state and national professional organizations. Four have served as President of the California Society of Hospital Pharmacists and have been recognized as Pharmacist of the Year. Over 60% of the Clinical Pharmacy faculty have received formal recognition for excellence in teaching during their careers. The Clinical Pharmacy Residency Program is the largest accredited residency program in the nation. In 1996, the Office of the President of the University of California approved departmental status for Clinical Pharmacy. Since that time, the faculty of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy continue to lead in practice, education, and clinical research.


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