The Newly Appointed Assistant Dean


Dr KarodehCollege of Pharmacy is proud to introduce the new Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Youness R.Karodeh!

 Background and Education

Dr. Karodeh received his Bachelors of Science degree (B. Pharm) in Pharmacy from Howard Universi­ty College of Pharmacy, in 1986. He then went on to re­ceive his Doctor of Pharma­cy degree (PharmD) from Shenandoah University, in Winchester, Virginia, in 2001. He first started serving the College of Pharmacy in a community preceptor ca­pacity

 Starting in 1990, all the way to 2001, while also serving as an adjunct facul­ty member. In 2001, he was appointed as the Inaugural Director of the Non-Tradi­tional Doctor of Pharmacy (NTDP) program—a long distance learning program for working pharmacists.

In addition to spending the past 26 years in a precept­ing, teaching, and mento­ring capacity; Dr. Karodeh has actively published nu­merous pharmacy related articles, papers, abstracts, and has presented at vari­ous professional meetings, and conventions, including the National Medical Asso­ciation (NMA). He serves on the Editorial Board of Archives of Pharmacy Prac­tice, and has been the recip­ient of several grants and awards over the years, in­cluding, being the recipient of the 2011 “Distinguished Faculty of the Year”; as well as, traveling around the world to speak at Pharmacy Continuing Education pro­grams— Kuwait, Ethiopia, India, and Iran, are just a few of the countries he has visited and presented in.

 In his efforts of consistent­ly staying up to date on his skills and knowledge, he has earned several certificates, including; “Delivering Medi­cation Therapy Management Services in the Communi­ty,” “OTC Advisor Pharma­cy Based Self-Care Service,” “Physical Assessment in Pa­tient Care Management,” “Pharmacy Based Immuni­zation Delivery,” and “Phar­maceutical Care for Patients with Diabetes.”

Community Service

Dr. Karodeh has a strong belief in giving back to both the local and global commu­nity. As such, he continues to serve as an officer to his local Community Associa­tion Board, and is a volun­teer member of the State of Maryland Professional Vol­unteer Corp (MPVC), and the Maryland Pharmacy Emergency Response Team, since 2001. He continues his services as health-care con­sultant to the Sofi Develop­ment Association (SoDA), a Non-Governmental Or­ganization (NGO), which serves the people of Ethio­pia and North Africa.

Why Pharmacy In The First Place?

 “I chose pharmacy for many reasons, but most impor­tantly because historically speaking, pharmacy is one of the most noble and re­puted professions in the world,” says Dr. Karodeh. “Pharmacists are the people who provide you with the right medication, they are among the people who con­duct different research and studies on various kinds of drugs, and make them safer, more effective, efficient, and useful.”

Dr. Karodeh values the op­portunity to work with, and learn from different people every day, in the field of pharmacy.

Why Academia?

Dr. Karodeh’s transition into academia after practicing in Retail for many years, was because of his belief that aug­menting bench side practice with bedside practice would allow him to, “Practice what I preach, and preach what I practice.” In addition, his position as clinical-educa­tor offers a unique blend of patient care, and academic activities. “The challenges are many, but the rewards can be great for those who are committed to achieving their personal vision of pro­fessional success,” says Dr. Karodeh.

The Assistant Dean of Stu­dent Affairs Position/Histo­ry/Goals:

The history of this posi­tion goes back about a de­cade and a half ago, when the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Health Sciences were merged. As a result of the merger the Office of Academic and Stu­dent Affairs was overseen by the Associate and Assistant Dean.

About two years ago, the President Commission on Academic Renewal (PCAR), recommended this merger to end. Hence, the College of Pharmacy was once more a separate and single entity within the Health Sciences enterprise. Dr. Karodeh be­lieves his new position will enable him to make stron­ger contributions to the ad­vancement of professional education, and student ex­perience at the College of Pharmacy.

His personal goals and that of the Office of Student Af­fairs are very much alike and run parallel to each oth­er. His hopes for the Office of Student Affairs is to be an exemplary administrative operation that contributes to the mission of the Col­lege of Pharmacy, through fostering a student-centered environment, where all stu­dents achieve their academ­ic, personal, and profession­al goals.

Advice to Students?

Dr. Karodeh encourages students to stay committed, work hard, perhaps make a few mistakes (learn from them), and instill a strong passion for their chosen profession. He also em­phasizes the importance of going above and beyond mastering the didactics and clinical skills within the pharmacy profession. Af­ter all, pharmacy is about “patients” and not “drugs”; drugs don’t have doses, pa­tients do.

Dr. Karodeh continues to emphasize the importance of being familiar with the different avenues of the pharmacy profession, and getting involved in the area(s) that interest them while matriculating. He encourages students to be aware of the dynamics of the pharmacy profession, including the many chang­es that affect the profession; these include legislative changes within healthcare that will affect pharmacy practice. Students should stay engaged in the process of these changes that are taking place, and be able to articulate, initiate, and ac­tively contribute to their im­plementations, in ways that benefit their patients and the profession. For more, click here

The College of Pharmacy's mission is to provide pharmaceutical education of excellent quality to students with high academic, scholarship and leadership potential, with particular emphasis on the recruitment, retention and graduation of African-American and ethnically diverse students. The principle goals of the college are to recruit, train and educate those students to assume leadership roles in pharmacy; to produce skilled pharmaceutical care practitioners, proficient pharmaceutical scientists and competent educators to meet the challenges of the profession and society; to recruit and retain faculty dedicated to teach and mentor students, conduct research and pursue other scholarly activities, and to provide postgraduate and continuing professional education and community services that will enhance the quality of pharmaceutical care.

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at
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