Historical Background | Jimma University College of Public Health and Medical Science
Historical Background

School of Pharmacy was established in September 1985 under the auspices of the former Jimma Institute of Health Sciences with the aim of the training to produce mid- level pharmacy professionals, who will take part in teaching the community in proper use of drugs and render pharmaceutical services.  Since September 2001, the school commences training of pharmacists at Bachelor Degree level in both regular, extension and summer programs of the University. 

The school is one of the oldest schools of the university under the College of Public Health and Medical Sciences. It is stationed in Pharmacy and Laboratory Building (PLB) where as some offices and a lab is in Preclinical (PC) building. It encompasses three general purpose laboratories (Pharmaceutics laboratory, Pharmacology Laboratory, Pharmaceutical Analysis and Pharmacognosy laboratory) and one advanced core laboratory, Laboratory of Drug Quality Control.

The students of the school pass through intensive laboratory practices where they grasp adequate knowledge in pharmaceutical sciences which will be utilized as a tool in their professional carrier. In addition, in line with the training philosophy of the University, Community Based Education (CBE), teaching in the school accommodates adequate practical exposure in health institutions and community settings. As a strategy of CBE; Team Training Program [TTP], Community Based Training Program (CBTP) and Student Research Project [SRP] are among which our students of pharmacy are a lot benefiting. The high performance of the graduates at any post they are assigned as witnessed by different stakeholders is indicative.

Since March 2009, the school launched the first graduate program in Clinical Pharmacy in the history of all universities in the country.

1.2. Pharmacy Practice versus Pharmacy Education in Ethiopia

  •  Pharmacists should move from behind the counter and start serving the public by providing pharmaceutical care instead of pills only.
  •  There is no future in the mere act of dispensing. That activity can be taken over by the internet, machines and/ or hardly trained technicians. 
  • There should be paradigm shift in pharmacy practice: Pharmaceutical care (focus on patient care) than product based practice.
  •  Pharmacists already in practice were mainly educated on the basis of the old paradigm of pharmaceutical product focus.
  • If these pharmacists are to contribute effectively to the new patient centered pharmaceutical practice, they must acquire the new knowledge and skills required for their new role.
  • However, pharmacy curricula have long been neglected at many learning institutions, which have helped perpetuate the undervalued status of pharmacists in the health care sector, particularly in Developing countries.
  • Strategies to implement patient focused pharmacy training
  • Option 1: Masters in Clinical Pharmacy (still practiced exclusively in patient settings and hospitals where access to patient data and other medical team is available).
  • B.Pharm Degree +2 years of clinical oriented training
  • Option 2: Pharm D (Doctor of pharmacy) Program: leading to professional doctor degree
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