Christopher Owens PharmD, MPH, RPh
Title: Associate Vice President for Health Sciences/PPRA Associate Professor
Office: Kasiska Division of Health Sciences
Telephone: (208) 282-3008
E-Mail: owenchri@isu.edu

Dr. Christopher Owens is currently Associate Vice President for the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences (KDHS) at Idaho State University for the Pocatello campus, a position he has held since August 2017. In this capacity he works with the Vice President for Health Sciences to oversee the 20+ health programs housed in the College of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, School of Health Professions, School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences, and the Office of Medical and Oral Health. He also maintains his position as an associate professor of pharmacy practice with the College of Pharmacy where he provides clinical and professional instruction.  

Dr. Owens served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a hospital corpsman and was honorably discharged in March of 1999. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in German with a minor in Philosophy at Utah State University in 1998. During his undergraduate studies he worked as a pharmacy technician at Shopko Pharmacy in Logan and developed an interest in studying Pharmacy. He graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from Idaho State University in 2002. He then completed a specialty pharmacy residency at the Southeast Idaho Veterans Affairs (VA) Outpatient Clinic and became a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. He has practiced as a pharmacist in both the community retail setting and also in the capacity of clinical pharmacist at the Health West Pocatello Clinic from 2003 to 2012. As a clinical pharmacist, he assisted in the management of patients on anticoagulation therapy and provided diabetes education and counseling for patients, as well as drug information and other related clinical services to providers and nursing staff.

He was the clinical coordinator for the Idaho Drug Utilization Review (DUR) program from 2003 to 2007, which conducted quarterly educational interventions with the goal of improving patient care and reducing overall healthcare costs in the State of Idaho. During that time, he and other faculty at the College of Pharmacy collected and analyzed medication use and pharmacy fill data for the Idaho Medicaid Pharmacy Program and provided input to the State’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) committee during medication class reviews and preferred drug list (PDL) discussions.

Dr. Owens is the author of ten peer-reviewed publications that have appeared in journals including Annals of Pharmacotherapy, the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, Clinical Therapeutics, and the American Journal of Medicine. He has also authored over two dozen abstracts at local, state, and national pharmacy meetings and several other articles and commentaries in Idaho Medicaid newsletters. 

He earned his Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree in May of 2013 at Idaho State University. His teaching and research interests range from professionalism and medical ethics to evidence-based complementary and integrative medicine and he gives lectures on a variety of clinical topics throughout the pharmacy and physician assistant professional curricula -- including in areas of pain management, endocrine disorders, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and appropriate drug therapy for the elderly. He has been named Teacher of the Year for the College of Pharmacy several times and was nominated for ISU Distinguished Teacher in 2016. He is a regular presenter at local and state meetings. Nationally, he is a member and has served as President of the Pharmacy Ethics Special Interest Group as part of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).