Christopher Owens PharmD, MPH, RPh
Title: PPRA Associate Professor/Associate Vice President for Health Sciences
Office: LH 265
Telephone: (208) 282-4454

Dr. Christopher Owens is an associate professor at Idaho State University College of Pharmacy and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences. He joined the faculty in July 2003. Before entering the professional pharmacy program at ISU, he served as a Hospital Corpsman in the U.S. Naval Reserve and earned his B.A. degree in German at Utah State University. After graduating with his Doctor of Pharmacy degree, he completed a specialty residency in ambulatory care at the Southeast Idaho VA Outpatient Clinic in Pocatello.  In 2013, he earned a master's degree in Public Health (MPH) and his master's project "Online Sources of Herbal Product Information" was published in the American Journal of Medicine. Dr. Owens is a past recipient of Mylan's Excellence in Pharmacy Award and was named an American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) Scholar for advanced study in the pharmaceutical sciences. His instructional interests include Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, pain management, alternative and complementary medicine, professionalism and medical ethics, and inflammatory bowel conditions. In addition to his teaching duties in the college of pharmacy, he coordinates the clinical pharmacology course for PT/OT students, dental hygiene students, and nursing students.  He lectures in both the Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner programs. Dr. Owens served as the staff coordinator for the Idaho Drug Utilization Review (DUR) project from 2003 to 2008, which conducted educational interventions and collected and analyzed drug use data for the State of Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare. His clinical practice site is at the Pocatello Health West Community Clinic where his duties include the management of an anticoagulation and diabetes clinic and provision of drug information services to clinic staff members. He has published work in the peer-reviewed pharmacy and medical literature, including the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy, and Clinical Therapeutics. A commentary published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology on the topic of pharmacists' refusals to dispense emergency contraception received national attention in 2006.