Michael T. Rupp, Ph.D.

Glendale, AZ

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Dr. Rupp is Professor of Pharmacy Administration at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy in Glendale, AZ. He holds a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy from the University of Kansas and a doctor of philosophy in pharmaceutical administration with emphasis in public policy from The Ohio State University. He is a fellow in the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APRS) of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).


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The Ohio State University | 0 | M.S.
The Ohio State University | 0 | Ph.D.
University of Kansas | 0 | B.S.

Courses Taught

Health Care Systems, 3cr (PPRAG 1571)  

Pharmacy Management 1, 2.5cr (PPRAG 1675)

Thinking Better: The Philosophy of Logical Reasoning, 1.5cr (PPRAG 1301)


Dr. Rupp’s experience in pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical economics and health care administration spans over 40 years. As a clinician, he practiced institutional and community pharmacy in five states, including as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (Indian Health Service). As an academic researcher, his principal focus has been to improve the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of medication use through targeted improvements in clinical decision support tools including data-driven computer-assisted drug utilization review (DUR) and electronic prescribing.


Rupp MT. “Assessing the Quality of Pharmacy Care: It’s Not About Adherence.” J Manag Care Spec Pharm, 2019;25:1046-7.

Rupp MT. “10 Ways to Improve Medication Safety in Community Pharmacies.” J Am Pharm Assoc, 2019;59:474-478.

Rupp MT. “Encouraging Students to Challenge Assumptions.” Am J Pharm Educ, 2019;83:727-728.

Rupp MT. “Dying Better.” J Am Pharm Assoc, 2018;58:250-252.

Rupp MT. “Assessing the Quality of Care in Pharmacy: Remembering Donabedian.” J Manag Care Spec Pharm, 2018;24:354-56.

Rupp MT. “The case for philosophy in pharmacy education.” Am J Health-Syst Pharm, 2017;74:1192-5.

Reynolds JL and Rupp MT. “Improving Clinical Decision Support in Pharmacy: Toward thePerfect DUR Alert.” J Manag Care Spec Pharm, 2017;23:38-43.

Rupp MT. “Of Philosophers and Pharmacists.” Am J Health-Syst Pharm, 2016;73:1278-80.

Dhavle AA, Yang Y, Rupp MT, et al. “Analysis of Clinician Notes in Electronic Prescriptions in  Ambulatory Practice.” JAMA Intern Med, 2016;176(4):463-70.


Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)

American Pharmacists Association (APhA)

Arizona Pharmacists Association (AzPA)


“Improving Medication Safety by Providing Pharmacists with Diagnosis on Electronic Prescription Orders,” funded by The Cardinal Foundation,      subaward from El Rio Community Health Center, Tucson, AZ, (Co-PI).

“Expanding a Successful Program to Increase the Number and Quality of Services in Community Pharmacy,” funded by the Community Pharmacy Foundation, subaward from The Ohio State University, (Co-Investigator). 

“Maximizing Effectiveness of e-Prescribing Between Physicians and Community Pharmacies” funded by AHRQ (Grant Number: 1 U18 HS016394-01), subaward from Surescripts LLC, (Co-Investigator).

“Measuring the Impact of E-Prescribing on Staff Productivity and Dispensing Costs in Community Pharmacy” funded by Surescripts LLC, (PI).

“Evaluation of Computer-generated DUR Alerts in the Community Pharmacy” funded by the Community Pharmacy Foundation, (Co-Investigator).

 “A Survey of Technology-Related Needs of Community Pharmacies,” funded by the NCPA Foundation, (PI).


Dr. Rupp is a recipient of numerous awards and honors in pharmacy, including the NCPA Foundation Award for Faculty Excellence, the AACP Rufus A. Lyman Award, the Ohio State University Jack L. Beal Award, the Arizona Pharmacy Alliance Faculty Excellence Award and the NCPA Foundation Faculty Liaison Recognition Award.