Florida Board of Governors approves USF pharmacy program
After a robust discussion in a subcommittee meeting earlier today, members of the group that oversees Florida’s 11 public universities approved the University of South Florida’s proposal to establish a four-year doctor of pharmacy degree program.
The approval means that USF Health can begin planning the four-year professional degree program using a $1 million donation and funds from the College of Medicine. The university will not apply to the Florida Legislature for program funding until 2011, the year it expects to welcome its first class of 50 students.
“The institutional commitment that is being made in the three planning years is probably unprecedented, but it’s probably indicative of the changing landscape of funding for higher education,” said USF provost Ralph Wilcox. “Either we sit back and wait for the economic conditions to improve and risk failing in our mission to meet the needs of the community we serve, or we adopt a different model than we’ve had in the past.”
The full-service pharmacy program will emphasize interdisciplinary collaborations that will draw on faculty and other resources from USF Health’s Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health.
Donna Winchester, higher education reporter