Rich to lead public health program

Wesley D. Rich, PhD, has been appointed chair of public health and associate dean of administration at Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences effective June 1. He is currently the assistant dean of administration and assistant professor of public health.


Rich joined Campbell University in 2007 as the director of assessment for CPHS and was appointed assistant professor in the College’s Clinical Research program in 2009 and served as interim chair in 2011. He was later appointed assistant dean of administration and assistant professor of Public Health in 2011, and he received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013.


Rich holds a master of education from Campbell University and received his doctor of philosophy in research and policy analysis from North Carolina State University. During his time at Campbell, he has provided evaluation services for the doctor of pharmacy program and was heavily involved in the College’s ACPE self-study for accreditation in 2009. In addition, he led the college-wide strategic planning efforts in 2010 and the feasibility study and implementation efforts for the bachelor of science in nursing program which is currently accepting students for the fall semester.


The Public Health program at Campbell University was announced in 2011 with the purpose of addressing the shortage of public health professionals in the community and state with a focus on rural healthcare disparities. The College offers several dual degree program options with this degree that allows for students to earn their doctor of pharmacy, master of physician assistant practice, or juris doctor along with a master of science in public health. The program’s inaugural class graduated earlier this month.