Full course description

Course Date:



7 weeks


2 hrs/week



Course Type:





The Introduction to Pharmacy course is a survey of the profession of pharmacy including its history, evolving scope of practice, ethical foundations, regulation, educational and career opportunities, and more.

Topics relating to medication use and drug development are explored through the course lectures and interviews with practicing pharmacists.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Detail the educational and career pathways related to the profession of pharmacy.
  • Describe issues relating to medication safety and adverse drug events.
  • Explain some of the regulatory and ethical considerations in pharmacy practice.

Target Audience: High school students and undergraduate students, life-long learners, and those with an interest in pharmacy.

Course is offered by The Ohio State University Global One Health Initiative.

Course Instructors

Kenneth Hale

Kenneth Hale, RPh, PhD


Dr. Hale is a registered pharmacist and a Clinical Professor in the Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administration within the College of Pharmacy at the Ohio State University. Read More.

He holds a B.S. in Pharmacy degree as well as a Master’s in Educational Theory and Practice and PhD in Educational Policy and Leadership. He has taught pharmacy courses for over 30 years and once practiced as a pharmacist in the Ohio State University Medical Center.