College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

About the College

College Vision Statement

A diverse community of learners leading the way to a healthy world.

College Mission Statement

Preparing today's learners to be tomorrow's health care leaders.

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences provides an intellectually stimulating learning environment with collaborative learning among students, faculty and staff. Graduates are liberally educated professionals who are dedicated to serving their clients, patients, profession and communities. The college emphasizes excellence and leadership in professional education, service and scholarship.

Pharmacy History

The first college of pharmacy in Des Moines was the Iowa College of Pharmacy. It was organized in 1882. This college affiliated with Drake University in 1887 and operated as one of the colleges of the University until 1906 when it was discontinued.

The Highland Park College of Pharmacy was organized in Des Moines in 1889. Highland Park College, in 1918, changed its name to Des Moines University, with the college of pharmacy continuing as an integral part of the university.

In 1927, the faculty of the College of Pharmacy of Des Moines University organized an independent college of pharmacy, the Des Moines College of Pharmacy. This college operated as an independent institution from 1927 until 1939, when the Des Moines College of Pharmacy Corporation was dissolved and the college’s staff and facilities became part of Drake University.


  • Athletic Training
  • Pharmacy
    • Doctor of Pharmacy
    • Joint Degree Programs
      • Doctor of Pharmacy - Juris Doctor (PharmD-JD)
      • Doctor of Pharmacy - Master of Business Administration (PharmD-MBA)
      • Doctor of Pharmacy - Master of Public Administration (PharmD-MPA)
      • Doctor of Pharmacy - Master of Science in Leadership Development (PharmD-MSLD)
      • Doctor of Pharmacy - Master of Public Health (PharmD-MPH)
  • Occupational Therapy Doctorate
  • Evidence-Based Healthcare Certificate

Health Informatics and Analytics

The online Master of Science in Health Informatics and Analytics (MS HIA) empowers students to apply data analysis and information technology solutions to the evidence-based delivery of health care. Available as a joint degree option for Drake pharmacy students or as a stand-alone program for current clinicians, healthcare administrators, and information technology workers looking to advance their career, the program provides students with the opportunity to collaborate effectively with data scientists, statisticians, and healthcare professionals in interdisciplinary healthcare settings.

Graduates of the MS HIA program will be particularly agile in the fast-changing healthcare landscape, and well-positioned to take on innovative roles in the health care information technology field. The unique inclusion of data analytics with informatics addresses the growing employer demand in graduates with both of these skills.


  • GPA Requirement:  3.0 from a regionally accredited institution
  • Entrance Exam Requirement:  GRE, GMAT, MCAT, PCAT, DAT, OAT
  • Entrance Exam Waiver

The entrance exam is automatically waived if the student meets one of the three conditions below:

  • Is a Drake undergraduate or professional program alumnus from within the last five years and has a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Is a current Drake University undergraduate or professional program student with cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and have completed 90 semester credits
  • Holds a master’s or terminal degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from a U.S. regionally accredited institution

The entrance exam waiver will also be automatically waived if the student meets all of the conditions below:

  • Has five years of progressive post-graduate work experience
  • Has a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher from a US regionally accredited institution
  • Has at least 9 semester credits of undergraduate quantitative coursework
  • Quantitative coursework may include courses in math, statistics, economics, or other quantitative oriented courses



Course Credits
Required Courses
HLTH 264 - Beyond Ethics: Policy and Health Care, or
HLTH 266 - Healthcare Regulation, Law and Advocacy
HSCI 201 - Introduction to Health Informatics and Analytics 3
HSCI 260 - Survey of Evidence Based Health Care 3
HSCI 285 - Practicum/Capstone 3
IS 231 - Data Management and Visual Analytics, or
MDAL 230 - Data Management and Visual Analytics
MDAL 240 - Statistical Modeling, or
STAT 240 - Statistical Modeling
Elective Courses
HSCI 270 - Practicum/Capstone (may be fulfilled by HSCI 285 with permission) 1
HLTH 261 - Health Care Policy 3
HLTH 261 - Review of Statistics for Evidence-Based Health Care 3
HLTH 262 - Critical Analysis in Health Care 3
HLTH 263 - Health Care Administration 3
IS 210 / MDAL 210 - Business Analytics, Teams, and Projects 3
IS 220 / MDAL 220 - Information Technology Legal and Ethical Issues 3
MBA 245 - Leading with Data 3
MBA 254 - Leadership and Human Capital Development 3
QUAN 270 - Quantitative Analytical Methods 3
STAT 260 / MDAL 260 - Applied Analytics Project 3
Other courses as approved by the program director

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.