UCSOP Student Receives US Public Health Services Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award


Carissa Dotson, University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) fourth-year student pharmacist, has been selected as a 2018 United States Public Health Services (USPHS) Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award recipient. This prestigious award recognizes pharmacy students who have made significant contributions to public health by promoting wellness and healthy communities. 

One of only 26 student pharmacists nationwide to be selected, Dotson was nominated for her contributions towards voluntary health related services. She is expected to receive her Doctor of Pharmacy degree with honors from UC in May 2018.

“It is a great honor to be chosen as a top recipient of this national award and is a great way to wrap-up my academic career as a student pharmacist,” explained Dotson. “Receiving this award for my efforts in advancing public health during the past four years is encouraging and motivating, as I look to continue similar efforts as a practicing pharmacist in the near future.”

“Carissa has demonstrated her academic prowess by being awarded the Dean’s list recognition every semester while in pharmacy school,” said Dr. Michelle Easton, UCSOP Dean. “Her achievements are equally as remarkable outside of the classroom.  She is a leader who is committed to serving and helping others in rural, medically underserved areas, where healthcare access and education is limited. This recognition is well-deserved and we could not be more proud of Carissa.”

As part of the effort of the U.S. Public Health Service to encourage pharmacy students to become active in public health, the Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy award is issued by the Pharmacist Professional Advisory Committee of the USPHS.