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About the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

A Message from the Dean


Our growth is a testament to the increasing role that pharmacy is playing in health care.

Today, our faculty researchers are finding ways to ensure that emerging biopharmaceuticals are effective and safe so patients can survive or manage otherwise deadly diseases; developing vaccines that can be distributed to countries where refrigeration is nonexistent; and exploring how botanicals can help prevent cancer.

But we’re not just in laboratories; we’re in the community.

Students and faculty have donated thousands of hours annually to Denver and the state of Colorado. Our students are getting hands-on experience in clinics for the underserved with free screenings and prescriptions. Our alumni are performing as preceptors to students and spearheading programs to prevent medication errors, a significant cause of death in this country.

I’m proud of these achievements and so many others: proud of our standing as one of the best pharmacy schools in the country; proud that we’re nationally recognized for NIH funding; and proud that our school’s students and faculty are so diverse and contribute to the health and well being of the communities in which we live.

Welcome to the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

- Dean Ralph Altiere