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Miriam Purnell

  • Miriam Purnell
    Dr. Miriam Purnell, Pharm.D.

    Miriam C. Purnell, Pharm.D.
    Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration

    Program Director, PBC Rural Health Disparities and Social Inequities


    Academic Leaders Fellowship Program (2017)-American Academy of Colleges of Pharmacy-Washington, D.C.

    Drug Information Residency (1997)-Janssen Research Foundation-Titusville, NJ

    B.S. Pharmacy/Pharm.D. (1996) - Pharmacy-Philadelphia College of Pharmacy-Philadelphia, PA


    Dr. Purnell teaches in the areas of drug information, literature evaluation, evidence-based medicine, and scientific writing.  She also precepts students on advanced pharmacy practice experiences and serves as the advisor for the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) student chapter at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).  Prior to joining UMES, Dr. Purnell worked in pharmaceutical industry for more than 12 years, including 7 years in the field of Drug Information.  She held various roles at Janssen Research Foundation and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals including Specialist, Manager, and Director.  She joined UMES in 2009 as an Assistant Professor/Director of the Drug Information Center. Prior to her current role as Department Chair, she served as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and was responsible for directing and overseeing recruitment, admissions and matriculation of students, and student organization operations.  Dr. Purnell was named Interim Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Administration in Aug 2017 and became permanent Chair in January 2019. She is primarily responsible for overseeing department operations and supervising department staff, managing the department budget, and providing mentorship to the faculty in the areas of teaching, scholarship/research, and service. She also provides administrative oversight to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program in Rural Health Disparities and Social Inequities.  Additionally, she serves as an active member of the School’s Executive Committee and contributes to the development of School policy and strategic planning.  Dr. Purnell is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Maryland Pharmacist Association, and CPFI.

    Courses Taught

    PHAR 501 Basics of Drug Information and Introduction to the Pharmacy Profession

    PHAR 641 Practice of Drug Information and Literature Evaluation

    PHAR 660 Scientific Writing

    Areas of Interest

    Drug information, predictors of student success, cultural competence/spirituality in healthcare

    Scholarly Activities

    Purnell M, Johnson M.Response to “De-Conflating Religiosity/Spirituality”.  Am J Pharm Educ. 2019; 83(7): Article 7776.  Available at

    Purnell M, Johnson MS, Jones R, Mills E, Hammond DA, Hall LA, Spadaro DC.  Spirituality and Religiosity of Pharmacy Students. Am J Pharm Educ. 2019; 83(1): Article 6795.  Available at:

    Purnell M, Wade L. Implicit Bias in Health Care. Presented at the Maryland Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting, Ocean City, Maryland; June, 2018

    Park SK, Purnell M, Freeman MK, Reese RV, Varga S.  Preference and Frequency of Mobile App Use for Drug Information among Student Pharmacists. Journal of Pharmacy and Technology 2017; 33 (3): 87-95. Available at:

    Tejada FR, Parmar J, Lang L, Purnell M. Admissions Criteria as Predictors of Academic Performance in a Three-Year Pharmacy Program in an HBCU Institution. Am J Pharm Educ. 2016; 80 (1) Article 6.  Available at:

    Purnell M. Working with Diverse Students: Tips & Tools for Success.  Presented at the UMES Pharmacy Preceptor Training Continuing Education Breakfast, Salisbury, MD, August 2016.

    Parmar J, Tejada FR, Lang L, Purnell M, Acedera L, Ngonga F.  Assessment of Communication Abilities Admissions Criteria in a Three Year Pharmacy Program at an HBCU. Am J Pharm Educ. 2015; 79 (6) Article 86. Available at:  

    Purnell M. The Pharmacist’s Role in Identifying and Managing Shift-Work Disorder. US Pharm. 2012;37(2):Epub. Available at