The Destination for Pharmacy Education

Welcome from Dean Hansen

Dean Richard Hansen

Welcome to Auburn University’s James I. Harrison School of Pharmacy. The Harrison School of Pharmacy prides itself on an outstanding faculty, staff, student body, and alumni base.  At the core of our mission is the advancement of human health, which we address through education, research, and patient care. Let me tell you briefly how we do this.


We offer the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.), as well as research-based M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences.  The Harrison School of Pharmacy has long been a leader in educational innovation. Keeping with this tradition, we will launch an innovative new Pharm.D. curriculum beginning Fall 2017. The curriculum is based on a backward design and is specifically geared towards outcomes that make our graduates practice ready and life-long learners. This novel approach is like no other pharmacy program in the world.

Further, our M.S. and Ph.D. programs offer focus areas in Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, and Health Outcomes. These programs offer hands-on experience to prepare graduates for research careers in the pharmaceutical industry, contract research organizations, government institutes such as NIH or FDA, academic institutions, and many other areas.


A key strategic priority for Auburn University is to expand our footprint in research to advance the economy and health of our citizens. In that regard, the School of Pharmacy is dedicated to conducting research to prevent and treat illness, as well as to reduce healthcare costs through improved use of medicines. Our research program spans from the basic sciences such as early discovery of entities that may have medicinal value all the way to the social and behavioral sciences such as understanding societal and health system factors that influence how people receive and use medicines. Key growth areas in our research programs are in the areas of pharmaceutical engineering, human genetics/genomics, and health disparities.

Patient Care

In line with our educational mission of training the next generation of pharmacists, the Harrison School of Pharmacy provides leading examples of how pharmacists can work within healthcare teams to maximize medication-related outcomes. We do this through faculty and students embedded in clinical sites all over the state and a variety of outreach programs. These Auburn faculty and students provide innovative services for a range of patient care needs in settings such as acute care hospitals, ambulatory clinics, and community pharmacies.

Further, the Harrison School of Pharmacy provides services to the students and employees of the University and the State. This is done by our Pharmacy Health Services unit, which currently provides care for Auburn University employees, dependents, retirees, and students, and State of Alabama employees, dependents, and early retirees.

As part of the mission of Auburn University, we promote an inclusive and diverse environment that supports success and professional growth. We continually work to meet the needs of our students, faculty, staff and citizens of Alabama. We believe in the Auburn Family and the Auburn Creed – I believe in Auburn and love it. I hope you too will take time to learn more about our programs and believe in these things. 

War Eagle!

Dean Hansen's Signature

Richard Hansen, Ph.D.
Dean and Gilliland Professor

Last Updated: August 10, 2021