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Message from the Dean

At the SIUE School of Pharmacy (SOP), we are committed to preparing future health-care leaders in an environment of interdisciplinary education, scholarship and service. Since we opened in 2009, our students, faculty and staff have distinguished themselves at the state and national level as leaders in education, patient care and research. Our alumni practice and contribute to their communities all around the country.

Our fully accredited four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) curriculum is unique in many respects. Our pharmacotherapeutics courses integrate the basic and clinical pharmaceutical sciences, and students begin their experiential learning in their first semester, allowing them to apply their didactic learning very early in their professional development. Our Pharm.D. curriculum provides the option of obtaining an education specialization for students who may be interested in pursuing a career in academics. We also offer a concurrent Pharm.D./MBA program in collaboration with the SIUE School of Business to prepare students for highly competitive management and administrative positions in business and pharmacy. All our students complete a capstone project in the final year, which allows them to apply the knowledge gained during the earlier years of their curriculum.

In addition to offering a diverse curriculum, the School houses state-of-the art laboratories that allow for use of contemporary technology throughout the program. Our pharmaceutical sciences faculty — who have received funding through extramural sources, such as the National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) support students who wish to gain additional experience in these laboratories. Some other unique features of our School include the Express Scripts Drug Information and Wellness Center — the only such center in the area — and the only NIH-designated Center of Excellence in Pain Education in the Midwest.

The success of our School can be attributed to the efforts of our committed students, faculty and staff, and the ardent supporters in our wonderful community. I invite you to explore SIUE’s beautiful 2,660-acre campus and the opportunities available with the School of Pharmacy. Please feel free to contact us at (618) 650‑5150 or at if you would like more information or to arrange a visit. We would be honored to show you our School and what we have to offer. You will not be disappointed!

Gireesh V. Gupchup, PhD, FAPhA
Dean and Professor

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