About the College

Welcome and Message from the Dean

David Hill

Welcome to the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition’s website.  Pharmacy and Nutrition are dynamic, challenging disciplines, committed to the promotion of health and the treatment of disease.  Our programs provide students with the essential knowledge and skills to be professional leaders and committed to high quality patient care.

The College is currently housed in the historic Thorvaldson Building on the U of S campus. In the coming months, our two health science disciplines will join many of the other health science disciplines at the U of S in the new Health Sciences building.  The Health Sciences project is led by the Council of Health Science Deans and will create a new standard for interprofessional teaching, learning, research and practice.  Although the College will be saddened to leave its home of nearly 50 years, the new environment in this state-of-the-art, integrated facility will create a true team-centred approach for the training of health professionals in Saskatchewan.

The College will celebrate its centennial in the academic year 2013-2014.  This will be a time to celebrate our past, embrace the present and look ahead to our future. We have commenced planning with co-chairs Garry King (BSP 1970), and Dr. Dennis Gorecki (BSP 1969), former Dean, and look to alumni and friends to help us commemorate this magnificent milestone and to ensure the success of our fundraising objectives.  We have created the Pharmacy and Nutrition Centennial Fund to provide scholarships and bursaries for undergraduate students and to enable us to identify additional priorities as the College moves forward.

As we look toward ahead, we are reminded of the budget difficulties that the University currently faces. With a substantial budget deficit forecast for the next four years, the institution is reviewing its workforce and all of its programs to develop plans to respond to this financial challenge. These are indeed difficult times for the College and the University.  However, we are committed to ensuring our students receive the education required to become exceptional health professionals.

I am pleased to report that in June 2012, the College has received a renewal of the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy accreditation status from the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs.  CCAPP’s principal recommendation concerned the urgency to refresh the pharmacy curriculum and we have started work on a full redesign of this program with a target implementation date of fall 2015..

The next Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program accreditation review is expected in late 2014.  Nutrition faculty, staff and partners in the profession are working on revising the curriculum to ensure students achieve the new profession-defined integrated competencies.

The College has seen tremendous growth in its graduate programs in recent years.  We currently have 67 graduate students in the MSc and PhD programs in pharmacy and nutrition. Our programs provide students with challenging and rewarding research projects, leading to exciting opportunities in academia, industry, research and many other fields.  Our graduate students come from across Canada and around the world to study with our committed faculty.   As our faculty complement continues to grow, so too will our vibrant research programs.  We have recently welcomed a new research chair in Health Quality Improvement Science and recruitment for a chair in Rational Drug Design is underway.

Promise and Potential 2012-2016, the University’s third integrated plan, based on the combined efforts of all colleges and units, was implemented May 1, 2012.  Our College Plan for this period lays out how we aim to contribute to the University’s identified four areas of focus – knowledge creation, innovation in academic programs and services, Aboriginal engagement, and culture and community.   Our Plan also details college-specific priorities that ensure alignment of our professional programs with the future direction of the professions, enhance college operations, foster college culture and identity and look ahead to our future.

We greatly value our students, faculty, staff, alumni, partners in our professions and friends who support us.  We look forward to celebrating our Centennial with you all and working collaboratively to achieve the priorities we have set for the College.

We hope that you find the new College website informative and appealing.  We encourage you to visit or email us.  We welcome your  feedback.

David S. Hill
Dean, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition