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Melvin H Weinswig, PhD

Dean & Professor Emeritus




Continuing education in pharmacy has two major objectives: (1) maintaining professional competency, and (2) educating for the changing role of pharmacists in today's society. With these two objectives in mind, one must continue to offer new courses as the need arises and in a manner that is conducive to learning and agreeable to the participant.

Our research deals with pharmacists' attitudes and goals relating to continuing education. We have been in the leadership role in developing audiocassettes, videocassettes, and computer aided instruction and in evaluating the knowledge gained by participants in continuing education programs.

Background: Melvin received his BS (1955) and MS (1957) degrees in pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and his PhD (1961) degree in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He served on the faculty of the College of Pharmacy at Butler University before coming to Wisconsin in 1969. Formerly the Chair of Extension Services in Pharmacy, Dr. Weinswig is currently the Dean of the School of Pharmacy. He has received awards for teaching and service while serving on the faculty of both institutions and has authored research articles on synthetic and analytical procedures of drugs, continuing pharmaceutical education, and drug abuse education.

Professional Interests: Continuing education in pharmacy


  • BS 1955 Pharmacy - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
  • MS 1957 Pharmacy - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
  • PhD 1961 Pharmaceutical Chem. - University of Illinois-Chicago
Highlighted Publications:
  • J. E. DeMuth and M. H. Weinswig, "Learners evaluation of an accredited continuing education course in a pharmacy journal," Mobius, 4(2), 12 (1984).
  • A. L. Hanson and M. H. Weinswig, "Effect of continuing education on pharmacists' response to drug product selection legislation," Am. J. Pharm. Ed., 44, 25 (1980).
  • M. A. Mergener and M. H. Weinswig, "Motivations of pharmacists for participating in continuing education," Am. J. Pharm. Ed., 43, 195 (1979).