Mary McClurg, Pharm.D., M.H.S.

Associate Professor Associate Director for Academic Innovation

Mary Roth McClurg, Pharm.D., M.H.S., is the executive vice dean for academic affairs at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and an associate professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She also serves as the associate director for academic innovation at the Eshelman Institute for Innovation.

For twelve years, Roth McClurg practiced as a clinical pharmacist first in inpatient medicine in the VA Health System and then fully integrated within a primary care clinic, providing direct patient care as part of a collaborative team.

As a health-services researcher, Roth McClurg has focused her efforts on advancing the role of the pharmacist in primary care, with the goal of optimizing medication use and improving care in patients with multiple chronic diseases. One of her primary areas of work has been the development of a consistent approach to providing comprehensive medication management in the delivery of team-based care, and the impact of the program on medication use, health outcomes, and acute health-services utilization. She is particularly interested in improving the safe and effective use of medications in health care, advancing the role of the clinical pharmacist in medical home care delivery models, and in establishing new payment models for clinical pharmacy services.

Roth McClurg is coleading the design, implementation, and evaluation of a transformative new doctor of pharmacy curriculum (Curriculum 2015) to better position students to meet the health-care needs of society. In addition to her work in health services, she is engaged in the scholarship of education focused on the advancement of student learning through the creation of new approaches to teaching and learning both in the classroom and the experiential setting.

Roth McClurg was instrumental in helping to lay out the vision for the Academy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and served as its first executive director from 2013–2014. She was also involved in coleading the School’s development of the 2012–2017 Strategic Plan and  served as director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Assessment at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy from 2009–2013, with responsibilities for establishing new processes for using data to guide decision-making, strategic planning and monitoring of plan progress, and creating a culture of planning, assessment, and continuous quality improvement.

Roth McClurg completed her Pharm.D. and residency training at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and received her Masters of Health Sciences in Clinical Research from Duke University School of Medicine. She is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.


Educational Research

  • Assessment of student learning
  • Organizational outcomes and program evaluation

Health Services Research

  • Transforming medication management in the medical home
  • Establishing a consistent approach to providing comprehensive medication management in the delivery of team-based, patient-centered primary care
  • Value-based payment reform

Bachelor of Science Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy (1994), Saint Louis College of Pharmacy
Clinical Pharmacy Practice and Education Residency (1994-1995), St. Louis College of Pharmacy and John Cochran VA Medical Center
Masters of Health Science in Clinical Research (2002), Duke University School of Medicine
Fellow and Scholar, NIH K30 Clinical Research Program (2002-2006), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Faculty Administrators Development Program (2013-present), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

North Carolina License 14214
Missouri License PHA 043727

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