Diversity

Ohio State and the College of Pharmacy value diversity in people and ideas. We’re an inclusive, supportive community where you can comfortably join in and confidently stand out.

 

Patient care is a complex negotiation between the provider’s judgement and the patient’s unique background and experiences. We know from research that gender, race, ethnicity, and other components of diversity such as sexual orientation or religion, impact how patients receive, interpret and act on health information. At the College of Pharmacy, diversity is a core value. We strive to provide an unsurpassed, student‐centered learning experience led by engaged world‐class faculty and staff and enhanced by a globally diverse student body.

At Ohio State, we realize that discordance between practitioners’ and patients’ backgrounds can lead to misunderstandings, medication and medical errors, and diminished outcomes. As such, we have created programs such as Pharmacy Ambassadors to help people navigate America’s health system. We are also training students in culturally diverse settings such as Southeast Ohio, Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio, Heart of Ohio Family Health, PrimaryOne Health, and at free clinics both at home and abroad through Buckeyes without Borders.

In addition to providing diverse learning experiences, having faculty and a student body that represents our changing population has never been more important than it is today. The United State Census predicts that racial, ethnic and cultural minorities will make up the majority of the United States population by 2043. When you closely examine today’s pharmacy workforce, you will find that pharmacy simply does not mirror today’s patient population. Therefore, at Ohio State we are actively working collaboratively to enhance the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the pharmacy workforce through recruiting more underrepresented and minority populations into pharmacy schools and pharmacy faculty.

To learn more about The Ohio State University’s commitment to diversity, please go here.