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Mission, Vision and Values

Mission Statement

The mission of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy (the School) is to prepare students for lifelong success in health careers by providing an excellent, student-centered learning environment. We aspire to develop leadership skills in our students and a strong commitment to their professions, to interprofessional collaboration, and to society. These efforts are assisted by linkages across the University of the Pacific (the University) professional and liberal arts programs. We support outstanding professional and graduate teaching, research and other scholarly activity, and services as a means of achieving our mission.

Vision Statement

The Pharmacy program of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy will be among the top 25% of private pharmacy schools in the United States, nationally and internationally recognized as a source of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists of exceptional ability who can effectively contribute to the healthcare team and system through the optimization of patient outcomes and scholarly work, and will be distinguished by innovative student-centered teaching, inter-professional education experiences, and curricular programming, research, and service.


We will consistently strive to achieve and promote the following values:

  • Excellence - in practice, academics (both teaching and learning), research, service and leadership;
  • Professionalism - encouraging integrity as an essential part of pharmacy practice, research and education;
  • Student-centeredness - encouraging and fostering academic and professional interactions between students and faculty, both inside and outside of the classroom;
  • Critical thinking and problem solving - developing effective leaders and citizens of our communities and the world, as providers and consumers of healthcare and members of our profession;
  • Discovery - recognizing the obligation of the academy, contributing through discovery and scholarly activity to knowledge in the fields of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences;
  • Accountability - recognizing that, as healthcare professionals, we are patient-centered and responsible to help our patients optimize their health outcomes;
  • Human dignity - recognizing that every individual deserves respect and will at different times both struggle and excel;
  • Ethics - in all of our interactions, so that our teaching, practice, research, leadership and service are above reproach; and
  • Quality improvement - developing and utilizing measurable quality assessment techniques and best practices to inform decision-making and enhance the quality of our programs.