Charles D. Peterson, Pharm.D.

Dean, College of Health Professions and School of Pharmacy
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. He is currently responsible for approximately 2,000 students, over 100 graduate students, 156 employees, 15 degree programs, and a total College research portfolio of approximately $15 million. Under his leadership, the College has recently developed and procured funding from the State Legislature for the state’s first Master of Public Health degree program and has also developed the nation’s first Vaccinology Minor.  He also serves as Principal Investigator and Project Director for the North Dakota Telepharmacy Project. 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 most recently public health.  He has procured over $15.0 million in grants and contracts as principal investigator from private, state, and federal funding agencies, including $3.3 million awarded from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth/HRSA/HHS to support the implementation of a state-wide telepharmacy program in North Dakota to restore and retain pharmacy services in medically underserved rural areas of the state. Dr. Peterson has recently authored articles on telepharmacy applications in both retail and hospital pharmacy settings and has also authored a primer for the federal government providing guidelines for other states on how to successfully implement a telepharmacy program.  In addition, he recently published a book chapter on Rural Health and Telepharmacy in APhA’s textbook The Pharmacist in Public Health, Education, Application, and Opportunities. Dr. Peterson also serves as a member of the evaluation team for the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education, the agency responsible for accrediting schools of pharmacy nationally.

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