College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Department of Health Sciences

A Health Science student working in a labThe health sciences department is chaired by Dr. Jean Hampton. The research focus of the 12 faculty in the department includes asthma management, evaluation of cardiovascular disease interventions, and healthcare assessment and process improvement. Through this department, students are prepared for careers in clinical laboratory science, environmental health, health administration, health information management, and respiratory therapy. The clinical laboratory science program prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills to perform sophisticated analytical testing of body fluids, tissues and cells to help detect various diseases and disorders; evaluate and interpret laboratory results; and help resolve discrepancies with the interpretation of diagnostic laboratory patient data. The profession supports both the vertical and horizontal mobility in research, academia, entrepreneurship and other medical careers. Graduates of the health care administration program are poised to oversee the management and delivery of health services. The health information management program supports students’ development in the planning and development of information systems that meet standards of accrediting and regulatory agencies. Students of the respiratory therapy program apply scientific principles to prevent, identify and treat acute and chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system. Graduates of the program are equipped with technical skills to perform diagnostic evaluation, therapeutic treatment, and disease management of patients. TSU’s environmental health program is the only National Environmental Health Sciences and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) accredited program in Texas. The environmental health program prepares graduates to enter the workforce in air and water quality control, solid and hazardous waste management, occupational health, industrial hygiene, and safety control. A primary focus of the environmental health program is improving the diversity in the environmental health workforce. In April of 2008 the program hosted the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs workshop at TSU. Environmental health faculty from minority serving universities across the U.S. met for two days to discuss strategies on how to prepare for accreditation and diversify the workforce. Recognizing that inequalities in access to health services and the unequal burden of disease are at the forefront of problems in healthcare, the COPHS has incorporated health disparities courses into the curricula. The COPHS collaborates with MD Anderson’s Center for Research on Minority Health, headed by Dr. Lovell Jones, to host the course, “Disparities in Health in America: Working Toward Social Justice.” The course rotates annually between TSU, Rice University, or University of Houston. In 2004, TSU served as the first historically black university to host the course. Renowned speakers and experts from across the United States are invited to lecture in the course. The course is offered through the college’s health care administration program.

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

A Pharmaceutical student working in labThe Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences chaired by Dr. Dong Liang, is made up of 14 faculty and several research personnel. The department strives to promote faculty and student participation in scholarly activities in the advancement of pharmaceutical education and research. In addition to providing basic pharmaceutical sciences instruction to doctor of pharmacy students, faculty are conducting research in several areas including atherosclerosis, hypertension, cerebrovascular diseases, cancer, infectious diseases and novel drug delivery systems. The faculty is also working to develop special programs to meet growing demands of the pharmaceutical profession or in pharmaceutical sciences. The pharmaceutical sciences department offers a master and doctoral degrees in pharmaceutical sciences with specialization in pharmacology and pharmaceutics. The program was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on July 15, 2004 and the first students were accepted into the program in the fall semester 2004. The major focus of the department’s graduate program is to provide students with a strong focus and training to prepare them for careers in academia, pharmaceutical industry, or research institutions. These degree offerings are intended to meet the high demand for professionals with broad-based training in pharmaceutical sciences. Furthermore, the need for minorities to be trained in this field is paramount since less than three percent of all minorities in the entire nation are in this field. The need for more minority pharmaceutical scientists is made even more imperative by the fact that certain diseases disproportionately affect minority urban populations. The graduate program in pharmaceutical sciences will increase the University’s capacity for graduate education in pharmaceutical sciences as a means of addressing the shortage of minority scientists in the state and nation. The department of pharmaceutical sciences also offers an IV Certification Program for second professional year students. Successful completion of this course currently meets the regulations set forth by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy for compounding sterile preparations (Texas Pharmacy Rules: Title 22 T.A.C., Part 15). Upon successful completion of the program, the students meet a total of 16 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education and receive IV Certification from ACPE.

Department of Pharmacy Practice

A Pharmacy Student practising Dr. Inyang Nora Osemene leads the pharmacy practice department, which is comprised of eleven faculty members. Pharmacy practice faculty are engaged in instruction, practice site development and research. Some of the research interests include geriatrics, medication management services for the elderly, diabetes intervention, and pharmacoeconomics. The faculty prepares students to monitor the health and progress of patients in response to drug therapy. The COPHS recently renovated the Prescription Practice Dispensing laboratory, under the guidance of Dr. Flora Estes, assistant professor of pharmacy practice. The laboratory offers students an opportunity to practice their medication dispensing and counseling skills in an environment that resembles a realistic pharmacy in a hospital or retail setting. The dispensing lab contains a medication drop off area, a prescription pharmacy system, and a counseling section. The laboratory is equipped with computer-aided workstations and a sterile products preparation area. The pharmacy practice faculty finds innovative means of exposing students to special populations and issues surrounding health disparities. Since 2004, the College has received funding from the Houston Area Agency on Aging to conduct medication management services for the elderly in the greater Houston area. Dr. Ivy Chui-Poon, associate professor of pharmacy practice, and Dr. Aisha Morris-Moultry, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, along with their students and other pharmacy practitioners, deliver pharmaceutical care to the elderly in their homes. The faculty members and their students develop materials and interventions to support their patients’ compliance with medication management therapy and prevention of illness. They develop newsletters on diabetes management and hypertension control and calendars to remind patients to comply with their medication regime. Other services provided through the program include medication reviews, consultations about the proper storage and handling of medicines, and distribution of medication dispensers to clients who take four or more medications and have a diagnosis of hypertension, diabetes or high cholesterol.