Dalhousie University. Faculty of Health. College of Pharmacy

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Corporate body (Dalhousie University)

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Health. College of Pharmacy

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  • Dalhousie University. Faculty of Health Professions. College of Pharmacy (1961-2017)

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Formal pharmacy education in Nova Scotia began in 1908 with evening classes at the Nova Scotia Technical College. In September 1911 the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacy was established with a one-year diploma program. One year later the College became affiliated with Dalhousie University, with classes in the Forrest Building, the introduction of a four-year BSc in Pharmacy and the phasing out of the diploma program. 1917 the College became the Maritime College of Pharmacy, with the support and cooperation of the New Brunswick Pharmaceutical Society and the Nova Scotia Pharmaceutical Society. In 1950, the Prince Edward Island Pharmaceutical Association joined in the operation of the College. In 1961 the College was incorporated into Dalhousie University as part of the newly established Faculty of Health Professions, and became the Dalhousie College of Pharmacy. In 1968 the College relocated to its present location in the Medical Sciences Building on College Street, which was renamed in honour of George A. Burbidge, the first Dean of Pharmacy.


The College of Pharmacy is located in the Burbidge Building on Dalhousie's Carleton Campus.

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Functions, occupations and activities

The College of Pharmacy offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Pharm D, using an integrated problem-based learning (PBL) format, with a shift in emphasis from the sciences to drug information, patient care and clinical pharmacy. The Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences program is a research-intensive program designed for students with a BSc or Health Professional degree (including Pharmacy) who wish to pursue work as a pharmaceutical researcher or academic. The combined Pharm D/MHA degree program is built on collaboration between the School of Health Administration and the College of Pharmacy. Residency programs are offered in cooperation with Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre (Capital District Health Authority) in Halifax; Moncton Hospital (South East Regional Health Authority); and Saint John Regional Hospital (Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation).

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The basic statute relating to Dalhousie University is Chapter 24 of the Acts of 1863. This statute replaced earlier statutes, and the 1863 statute itself has been amended and supplemented several times over the years. The provisions of these various statutes provide for the establishment and regulation of the university, the membership of the Board of Governors and its rights and powers, the authority of senate for the internal regulation of the university (subject to the approval of the board), and various other matters.

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The College of Pharmacy is in the Faculty of Health and is administered by a director supported by associate directors.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Health (1962-)

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The College of Pharmacy is an academic unit within the Faculty of Health.

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Tonks, Robert (August 13, 1928 - April 17, 2012)

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Robert Tonks served as Director of the College of Pharmacy from 1973-1977.

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Burbidge, George A. (1871-1944)

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1925 - 1943

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George Burbidge was the first dean of the Maritime College of Pharmacy and the namesake for the building in which the Dalhousie College of Pharmacy is housed.

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