Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity at UF's College of Pharmacy

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With an innovative curriculum featuring team-based learning and many interprofessional opportunities, the University of Florida's Pharm.D. program is creating the next generation of health care leaders. At every level of pharmacy education, our students, faculty and staff are working to advance health equity through representation, research and outreach.

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Why Choose UF’s College of Pharmacy?

Top 5 Ranked pharmacy college by U.S. News & World Report

#1 In residency placement for 6 of the 7 past years

$1,135,000 Awarded in scholarship funding for 2020-2021

Who’s in our pharmily?

34% Of students are under-represented minorities (URM).

25% Of students are first-generation.

50% Of students reside in a HRSA-designated medically underserved area.

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Our Student organizations

Student organizations in the UF College of Pharmacy provide opportunities for professional exploration and development. Several organizations specifically encourage and help underrepresented minority student succeed in pharmacy school and the profession. Through these organizations, UF College of Pharmacy students are building a community amongst each other and branching out into their local communities to serve others with their professional skills and expertise.

Organización Latina de Estudiantes de Farmacia


OLEF empowers pharmacy students to be innovators and leaders in the profession, transforming the Hispanic/Latinx community through service and education. We aim to create opportunities to develop leaders in pharmacy that will positively transform the lives of the increasing Hispanic/Latinx population in the United States. The organization will provide opportunities for the students to give back to the community and serve others with their acquired professional skills.

Puerto Rico Students

Student national pharmaceutical association

SNPhA – Gainesville

The Student National Pharmaceutical Association is an educational service association of pharmacy students who are concerned about the profession of pharmacy, health care issues, and the poor minority representation in these areas. SNPhA plans, organizes, coordinates and executes programs geared toward the improvement of the health, educational and social environment of minority communities.



SNPhA – Orlando

Student National Pharmaceutical Association is an educational service association of pharmacy students who are concerned about the profession of pharmacy, health care issues and the poor minority representation in these areas. SNPhA’s mission is to execute programs geared toward the improvement of the health, educational, and social environment of minority communities by raising awareness and educating future pharmacist on how to address community specific health disparities. Through community engagement and professionally led skills workshops, they empower students to be a voice of change in the field of pharmacy.

SNPhA - Orlando

Black Lives Student Coalition


Black Lives Student Coalition, or BLS-C, serves to proactively facilitate conversations concerning racial bias and civil injustice in different aspects of our society, while furthering unity on the UF campus and beyond. We aim to foster an environment where students feel encouraged to inquire and be educated on issues facing the Black community. We provide the opportunity to learn from and impact black lives in hopes of creating well-rounded pharmacists that are equipped to provide equitable care to all patients in the future.

Black Lives Student Coalition


Graduate Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Graduate students seeking to enhance diversity, inclusion and representation among College of Pharmacy students by improving racial equity in research and scholarship, ensuring leadership’s commitment to graduate students, and cultivating an environment conducive to the success of a diverse student body.

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Diversity & Inclusion Student Council

A council committed to the advocacy of a diverse and inclusive environment within the University of Florida Health Science Center. We aspire to recruit, retain and support individuals across all identities to promote a diverse medical and scientific workforce, improving health care equity for all. Each college has a student representative from their clinical program and one from their graduate program on the council.

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Asian Student Pharmacist Coalition


The Asian Student Pharmacists Coalition is an Asian interest, tri-campus organization that aims to promote and empower the interest of the Asian Community and to share with our fellow UF COP colleagues our culture and the experiences and barriers we face.

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National Diversity Award

The UF College of Pharmacy is honored to receive one of the nation's top diversity awards in higher education. INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine selected the college as a 2022 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award winner. The award recognizes many strides the college has made in recent years to become more diverse and inclusive.

2022 HEED Award

#1 URM percentage in Pharm.D. student body among US News & World Report Top-40 Pharmacy Schools

#1 URM percentage in overall student body among other UF Colleges

#2 Nationally in URM Pharm.D. student headcount

Health Equity Research at the College of Pharmacy

Researchers in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy are committed to helping underserved populations overcome health inequities driven by social, economic and environmental factors. By understanding and removing the barriers to health equality, only then can everyone attain their full health potential.

Prostate Cancer Disparities

Folakemi Odedina, Ph.D. works on the development of a predictive behavioral model of prostate cancer disparities among Black men and the implementation of cost-effective, community-based intervention programs in minority and underserved communities.

Prostate Cancer Research

Medication Therapy Management

Drs. Richard Segal and Folakemi Odedina work on finding and implementing medication therapy management solutions to medication use experiences that are fundamentally shaped by cultural experiences of ethnocultural minority groups. Their current work focuses on creating partnerships between community health workers and pharmacists.

Medication Therapy Management

CaRE2 Health Equity Center

The CaRE2 Health Equity Center aims to reduce health disparities in the Black and Latino community. Led by researchers in the UF Colleges of Pharmacy and Nursing, it’s goal is to partner with the community to share accurate health information to prevent negative health outcomes.

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Social Stress

The laboratories of Drs. Eric Krause and Annette de Kloet are conducting basic science research examining how psychosocial stress associated with relegation to low social status promotes the development of cardiometabolic disease and affective disorders. The goal of this research is to better understand the impact that social stress has on the mind and body in hopes of identifying novel therapeutic interventions aimed at alleviating health inequities.

Dr. Eric Krause
Dr. Allen

Health Equity at UF

Learning from Covid-19: A Path Towards Health Equity

Check out Dr. John Allen's research presentation from the 28th Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy online graduate program seminar weekend. The 2022 seminar topic was Racial Inequities in Medication Use.

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Summer Health Professions Education Program

The Summer Health Professions Education Program, or SHPEP, is a FREE summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions.

SHPEP Program

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