About the Harrison School of Pharmacy

The Walker Building

Auburn University, chartered in 1856, is located in Auburn, Alabama. For more than 150 years, Auburn has evolved into a premier comprehensive university. The University has a unique role among the State’s higher education institutions in that its mission involves three interrelated components: instruction, research, and extension. Undergraduate, graduate and professional students receive outstanding instruction at Auburn University. The University is recognized for providing quality instruction that is economically accessible for students. Many areas of research conducted by Auburn University are providing the citizens of Alabama with a better quality of life.

Founded in 1885, Auburn University's pharmacy program ranks among the top 20 percent in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. In November of 2000, the Pharmacy Building was named in honor of W.W. Walker, founder of Birmingham-based Walker Drug Company. On Jan. 25, 2002, the Auburn University School of Pharmacy was named the James I. Harrison School of Pharmacy, honoring the contributions Harrison and his family made to the field of pharmacy in the state of Alabama.

The Harrison School of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, as well as graduate degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The School has campuses both in Auburn and in Mobile, Alabama. The Mobile campus, created in 2006, is housed within the University of South Alabama Research Park and is a collaborative venture with USA.

The school is made up of three academic departments (Drug Discovery and Development, Health Outcomes Research and Policy, and Pharmacy Practice) and three administrative divisions (Academic Programs, Clinical Affairs and Outreach, and Faculty Affairs and Strategic Initiatives).

More on the Pharm.D:

The Auburn Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program is a four-year course of study that requires the completion of the pre-pharmacy curriculum prior to enrollment. The curriculum is designed to facilitate the development of those abilities necessary for entry-level practitioners in various practice settings. Consistent with accreditation standards and guidelines, the curriculum provides an appropriate balance of course work in the following areas: biomedical sciences (basic and clinical); pharmaceutical sciences; behavioral, social, and administrative pharmacy sciences; pharmacy practice; and pharmacy practice experience. The goal of the curriculum is to prepare students who can provide pharmaceutical care and are life-long learners. To accomplish this, the curriculum involves students in continuous patient care responsibilities starting upon entry into the School. Students also participate as active, self-directed learners in interdisciplinary teaching models.

More on Graduate Studies:

The Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy offers interdisciplinary M.S. and Ph.D degree programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Those pursuing one of these degrees must select one of four curricular options: 1) Medicinal Chemistry, 2) Pharmaceutics, 3) Pharmacology, or 4) Health Outcomes Research and Policy.Dual-degree programs are also offered for those interested in Pharm.D.-Ph.D. and Pharm.D.-MPH.

The Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology options are designed for students interested in the drug discovery or development processes, and are affiliated with the Department of Drug Discovery and Development. Areas of interest include neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases, cancer, diabetes and other metabolic diseases, synthetic organic chemistry, forensic analytical chemistry and drug delivery, disposition and formulation.

The Health Outcomes Research and Policy option is designed for students interested in analyses of pharmaceutical care outcomes and the management and optimization of pharmaceutical care organizations, and is affiliated with the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy.

The M.S. degree is offered under the thesis option. Students must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate courses, 6000 level or above. Thesis students register for Research and Thesis in semester(s) when working on the thesis, when submitting, defending or awaiting final approval of the thesis, and when taking final examinations. Candidates for the M.S. degree are required to prepare a thesis proposal and complete a proposal defense.

Last Updated: September 9, 2019