Department of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences


Andrew Orr-Skirvin
Department Chair

Welcome to the Department!


The Department of Pharmacy and Health System Sciences is an academic unit within the School of Pharmacy, Bouvé College of Health Sciences.

The faculty members who make up the department are a diverse group of professionals, including clinical pharmacists who practice in hospitals, ambulatory care clinics and community pharmacies, clinical scientists who conduct research in both laboratory and patient care settings, and social and administrative scientists who research a variety of aspects of medication use and health care delivery.

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Members of the department teach in the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program and in other programs in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and across the university. Many faculty participate in team-taught courses offered by the department, allowing them to share their unique expertise and experience with students both inside and outside the classroom. Most faculty members precept Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs), allowing students to receive applied instruction in a variety of pharmacy practice and research settings.

All members of our department are active scholars. Faculty have received research funding from sources such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), and from a variety of foundations, professional associations, and private industry. Members of the department have also received funds to create and administer programs for the Nonprescription Medicine Academy, Boston Public Health Department, and the Collaborative for Community Engagement and Research. Our faculty are involved in the scholarship of teaching, developing innovative teaching methods in their classrooms and practice sites, and evaluating the learning outcomes that result. The products of these scholarly pursuits are regularly published in leading journals in the pharmacy, medical and educational literature. Faculty members also contribute to numerous textbooks and learning resources utilized by pharmacy educators throughout the world.

Our faculty provide service to the university community, to the profession of pharmacy, and most importantly, to patients. Faculty members practice in hospitals, clinics, and community pharmacies. We have affiliated with many Community Health Centers in Boston and surrounding communities, providing medication therapy management and other health services to underserved patients. Many members of the department are also active in professional associations in roles ranging from committee service to elected leadership positions.

We’re excited that you are interested in the department, school and college. Please explore this site to learn more about our faculty and the work that they do.

Michael Gonyeau
Clinical Professor and Interim Chair


And the Webb Award goes to...
And the Webb Award goes to...
  On October 23, 2017, the School of Pharmacy proudly hosted the 33rd Annual John W. Webb Lecture Award Program. James A. Jorgensen, RPh, MS, FASHP, was the recipient of the John W. Webb Visiting Professorship in Hospital Pharmacy. Each year the Visiting Professor presents a lecture on excellence in pharmacy management. Jorgensen delivered his lecture ...more
NAPLEX Success!
NAPLEX Success!
Whether it's placement in a post-graduate fellowship or residency, securing employment with a community pharmacy, or pursuing an advanced degree, Northeastern University Doctor of Pharmacy students are well-prepared and poised to succeed. Our most recent North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) results were strong. We are pleased to share the pass rates for this period: All Northeastern ...more
Northeastern Alumna, Dr. Afton Wagner, Honored with 2017 Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award
Northeastern Alumna, Dr. Afton Wagner, Honored with 2017 Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award
Northeastern Alumna, Dr. Afton M. Wagner, Manager of Federal Affairs for the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), was honored with the 2017 Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award during the Annual Meeting of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) in San Francisco, becoming the first-ever Northeastern alumnus/a to accept this honor. The Prescott Award was established ...more
Department of Pharmacy Practice Faculty & Staff