Founded in 1908, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is the state's only pharmacy school. Through its education, research, and service missions the school aims to improve the health of our state citizens as well as the nation and the world.
The school is comprised of six academic departments (Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacognosy, Pharmacology, Pharmacy Administration, and Pharmacy Practice). Graduate degrees are offered by five departments. The Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (RIPS) is also housed within the School of Pharmacy. RIPS was established to discover and disseminate knowledge of natural drug products, develop and commercialize new products, improve public health, and stimulate the economy. Within RIPS, are the Pii Center for Pharmaceutical Technology, the Center for Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management and the National Center for Natural Products Research. The Pii Center is devoted to research related to hot-melt extrusion and other pharmaceutical processing technologies. The CPMM advances research, teaching, and service in the areas of medication use and health outcomes, management of health care organizations, and the marketing and utilization of cost-saving and appropriate medications in all segments of the health care industry. The NCNPR is the nation's only university research center devoted to improving human health and agricultural productivity through the discovery, development and commercialization of pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals derived from plants, marine organisms and other natural products.
Continuing education opportunities are offered through the Division of Pharmacy Professional Development. Live CE programs are available to pharmacists at various locations throughout the state.