Department of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences

John Devlin

John Devlin
Acting Chair

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.

John Devlin
Professor and Acting Chair

Department News
Leading Researcher on Medication Use in Nursing Homes Joins Northeastern
Leading Researcher on Medication Use in Nursing Homes Joins Northeastern
Associate Professor Becky Briesacher, an international authority on the clinical, economic and policy issues surrounding medication prescribing and reimbursement for older adults who reside in nursing homes joined the Department of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences this past fall.   Dr. Briesacher, the recipient of well over $ 5 million in funding from the National Institutes ...more
Pharmacy Student Groups - Engaged in Community
Pharmacy Student Groups - Engaged in Community
Each week, Gabriella Pepe, A P3 Pharm D student and secretary of the Executive Board of the school's Pharmacy Student Government Organization (PSGO) sends out her "PSGO Weekly Dose" to faculty and students. The informative email catalogues activities, lectures, service opportunities, and news from eleven very active School of Pharmacy student groups engaged in ...more
Pharmacy Student Presents Research on the Effects of ECMO-Associated Sedative Clearance at Critical Care Congress
Pharmacy Student Presents Research on the Effects of ECMO-Associated Sedative Clearance at Critical Care Congress
At the recent Society of Critical Care Medicine World Congress in Phoenix, AZ, Joshua Etheridge, PharmD 2017, presented the results of a research collaboration with Tufts Medical Center and Columbia NewYork Presbyterian Medical Center that characterized the incidence, risk and outcomes associated with ECMO-associated sedative clearance. Most of Joshua’s research was completed during a 4-month ...more
PGY1 Residency Received Receives Full Accreditation
PGY1 Residency Received Receives Full Accreditation
We are delighted to share that the School of Pharmacy's postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency program, in collaboration with federally qualified health centers (FQHC) and Program All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), was approved for re-accreditation and granted accreditation for six years. The program provides a structured education and training experience for post-graduate pharmacists ...more
Steve Leonard receives 2014 Young Investigator Award
Steve Leonard receives 2014 Young Investigator Award
Steve Leonard, Assistant Professor, was awarded the 2014 Young Investigator Award by the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists (SIDP) at the recent September 2014 Inter-science Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in Washington, DC. The Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP) is a an association of health professionals dedicated to promoting the appropriate use ...more
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