The mission of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health, in concert with Florida A&M University, is to transform lives through the advancement of health and wellness of all populations, with a special emphasis on the health equity of vulnerable and underserved populations. The College is committed to supportive teaching, learning, and research environments that instill cultural competence, ethics, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and interprofessional. Our commitment prepares learners for leadership roles as health care providers, practitioners, advocates, innovators, researchers, and life-long learners. The College promotes the provision of the population and patient-centered evidence-based care, the discovery, and dissemination of knowledge, community engagement, and service-learning.
The Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health program offers its learners PharmD, B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. It has produced over 2,000 graduates, which represents 20% of the nation’s African American pharmacists, and over 60% of the African American PhDs in the pharmaceutical sciences over the past decade. With its main campus in Tallahassee, Florida, it is the only pharmacy program in the United States with a fully accredited Institute of Public Health. The College has additional practice centers in Jacksonville, Davie, Tampa, and Crestview, which support the infrastructure for the College's statewide commitment to pharmacy education and public service.
The research vision of FAMU COPPS is to conduct world-class research that emphasizes minority health and health disparities. The goals are to enhance faculty competitiveness in health disparities research in attracting significant extramural funding, address basic biomedical/behavioral disparity; develop faculty competencies/skills; improve and the quality of all scientific inquiry and promote health disparity research among minority populations. FAMU COPPS has been ranked as one of the most prominent pharmacy schools regarding the issue of patents for drug discovery in the nation. In 2021-2022, FAMU COPPS is one of the nation’s top cancer research institutions with total research funding of more than $18 million.