COVID-19 Reponse

COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Read about Dean Panyam’s experience leading the School of Pharmacy during the COVID-19 pandemic here.


The School of Pharmacy complies with the policies and procedures set forth by Temple University’s Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR).



Department of Pharmacy Practice/Doctor of Pharmacy Program

Distance learning was implemented for didactic education as of March 14, 2020 via Zoom. Faculty delivered the curriculum in real time without interruption through the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Lectures, recitations, and team based active learning activities were held as scheduled.  Lecture recordings were posted for students to review and prepare for their final exams. All exams were administered and proctored remotely.  All students received necessary support for accessing lecture materials and exam resources.

All clinical faculty continued their clinical practices in the inpatient and outpatient settings.  The majority of patients were managed via telemedicine with particularly complex patients seen in person.   

Virtual experiential education was implemented throughout March for most practice sites. Onsite experiential education continued for most community practice sites for a time, but those have recently moved to a virtual format. For nearly all practice sites that cancelled experiential education, activities resumed virtually in a timely manner at an alternate site. We are hopeful that live experiential education will resume at most sites in the very near future.

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences/Graduate Programs

Distance learning was implemented for didactic education as of March 14, 2020. Faculty delivered the curriculum without interruption through the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Students received necessary support in accessing materials and resources and thesis proposals and oral examinations continue on schedule..

See also “Research” above.

Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance 

Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance (RAQA) was the first program at Temple University to offer online courses as well as provide its Master of Science degree program entirely online. All RAQA courses will be entirely online during summer 2020 using Zoom. 

 Global Clinical and Pharmacovigilance Regulations

All summer Global Clinical and Pharmacovigilance Regulations courses will be entirely online during summer 2020 using Zoom.

Pharmaceutics (Non-Thesis MS)

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (8005) will be offered online during summer 2020 using Zoom.   


Currently, we expect to have both online and in-person classes and labs at the start of the Fall 2020 semester; however, this is not a guarantee at this point in time. The best-case scenario is that all students will be in close proximity to campus in order to be responsive to ongoing changes in policy.

Normal application submission and review processes remain in place. Prospective student interviews are taking place virtually. In-person building tours are suspended. 

The Doctor of Pharmacy program admissions application deadline has been extended to July 1 for Fall 2020 entry. Click here to apply for admission. 

Student Services

The School of Pharmacy created a Student Emergency Fund to help those students who are facing a financial crisis as a result of the pandemic. Students can apply for assistance here. Click here to support this Fund. 

On Friday, May 8, the School of Pharmacy hosted a virtual celebration for 132 Doctor of Pharmacy graduates, five Doctor of Philosophy graduates and one Master of Science graduate. Click here to experience the tribute, including videos.

Starting in March, all students were surveyed weekly to assess needs and perceptions. Responses requiring action were disseminated to the appropriate departments and addressed on a one-one basis or to students as a whole. 

Behavioral health services were available by phone provided by the in-house student counselor as needed.

Alumni Association

The 2020 Sprowls Lecture was delivered virtually by Martin Van Trieste, PHR ’83, CEO & Founder of Civica Rx, on Tuesday, March 24. Read more here

Community Service

David Lebo, PhD, RPh, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director of Current Good Manufacturing Practice Services, and his assistant Justine Williams are producing and donating up to 50 liters of hand sanitizer per day for Temple Health and other facilities at the School of Pharmacy. Click here to support this effort. Read more here.

As volunteers for the Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps, Clinical Professor Christina Rose, PharmD, BCCCP and alumna Suzanne Brown, MS, co-established Pharmacy Services at the COVID Surge Facility at Temple University’s Liacouras Center. Their collaboration resulted in licensure, guidelines and a formulary, and a staff training protocol. They will continue to volunteer in an advisory capacity until the effective closure of the facility.