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
  • Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • 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 Health Informatics and Analytics (PharmD-MSHIA)
      • Doctor of Pharmacy - Master of Science in Leadership Development (PharmD-MSLD)
      • Doctor of Pharmacy - Master of Public Health (PharmD-MPH)
  • Diabetes Concentration
  • Occupational Therapy Doctorate
  • Health Informatics and Analytics

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