School of Pharmacy


School of Pharmacy (SoP) at Haramaya University

Overview and historical background

The school of Pharmacy was established in 2007 (1999 E.C.) under the College of Medical Sciences, Haramaya University, with the objective of training highly qualified pharmacists who fulfill the essential, minimum common expectations of healthcare systems worldwide while fulfilling local needs. The school accepted its first batch in 2000 E.C to train with Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) Degree program. As part of the nationally harmonized move to revise the curricula of Pharmacy education in Ethiopia, the school revised its curriculum in 2008; the four year training program has been changed to five years training. The new curriculum bench-marked the global context of pharmaceutical education and practice adopted patient-centered philosophy as its central value. In addition, the school launched generic evening B.Pharm program in the 2012 (2005 E.C.) academic year.

Department heads since establishment

Since the school’s establishment, different individuals have coordinated the activities of the school as heads and this is summarized in table below with their years of coordination;

S.No. Name of the head, School of Pharmacy Sex Years of work (G.C)
Abraham Nigussie M Establishment –Aug, 2008
Yohannes Mulualem Tsehai M Sept, 2009 – Aug, 2009
Yenus Tadesse M Sept, 2010- Jan, 2011
Tadesse Bekele Tafese M Feb, 2011 – Sept, 2012
Abraham Degaga Abdi M Oct, 2012 – Oct, 2014
Dumessa Edessa Negasa M Nov, 2014 – present

Programs of the School of Pharmacy  There are two programs run under the school. The first program is a regular undergraduate bachelor degree in pharmacy which is harmonized. And the second is the generic extension program of the bachelor degree of pharmacy at Harar and Dire Dawa Centers.Student enrollment and graduation statuses So far more than 211 pharmacists had graduated from the school. Currently, there are 239 students in the school studying regular program of pharmacy and 152 students studying evening classes both at Harar and Dire Dawa centers. The total numbers of students who are active to study pharmacy are, therefore, about 391 students. The regular students’ enrollment trend over the past Ethiopian fiscal years starting from the school’s launch were 50 students (2000 E.C), 70 students (2001 E.C), 65 students (2002 E.C), 40 students (2003 E.C), 40 students (2004 E.C), 35 students (2005 E.C), 50 students (2006 E.C), 50 students (2007 E.C), 56 students (2008 E.C) and 70 students (2009 E.C). Similarly, the enrollments to evening classes were 50 students each at Harar and Dire Dawa centre (2005 E.C), 50 students at Dire Dawa (2006 E.C), 50 students at Dire Dawa (2007 E.C), 30 students at Harar and 35 students at Dire Dawa (2008 E.C). The above explanation is shortly depicted in table below;

Year of entry (E.C) Enrollment status Past or current status
Graduated On study
Regular CEP Regular CEP Regular CEP
2000 50
2001 70
2002 65
2003 40 44
2004 40
2005 35 100 60 27 41
2006 50 50 44 42 36
2007 50 50 32 46 35
2008 56 65 31 54 40
2009 70 70
Total 526 265 211 0 239 152
Grand total 791 211 391