Charles D. Peterson, Pharm.D.
Dean, College of Health Professions
123 Sudro Hall
CHARLES D. PETERSON is Dean and professor in the College of Health Professions at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. The College includes the School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, Department of Allied Sciences, Department of Public Health, and Family Health Care Pharmacy. He is currently responsible for approximately 2,000 students, 460 graduate and professional doctorate students, 15 degree programs, and a total College research portfolio of more than $30M. He received both his B.S. and Pharm.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1976 and 1977, respectively. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Toxicology at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis in 1978.
Dr. Peterson’s scholarly achievements include over 60 peer reviewed publications on a variety of topics including toxicology, curriculum innovations and development, telepharmacy, and public health. He has procured over $15M in grants and contracts as principal investigator from private, state, and federal funding agencies, including $3.3M from HRSA/HHS to support the implementation of a state-wide telepharmacy program in North Dakota to restore, retain, and develop pharmacy services in medically underserved rural communities in the state. Eighty-one telepharmacy sites have been established in ND (53 retail and 28 hospital) serving more than 80,000 rural citizens restoring access to health care in rural areas and adding $26.5M annually to the local rural economy. NDSU’s telepharmacy program has been featured in over 100 national media outlets including CBS news, US News & World Report, USA Today, Modern Medicine, ND Blue Book, AJHP, J Pharm Technol, Telemed J E Health, and The Common Wealth Fund.
Dr. Peterson procured funding from the State Legislature establishing the state’s first Master of Public Health degree program and helped develop the nation’s first vaccinology minor. He has garnered philanthropic and institutional support for three major capital projects including $3.5M addition to Sudro Hall in 2002, $1M renovation of Sudro’s Animal Research Facility in 2016, and a recently approved $28M addition to Sudro Hall (in process). He also has served as a member of the evaluation team for the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.