Faculty Experts Lead Immunization Forum

by Kathryn Sill, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University School of Pharmacy will host an immunization and public health expert panel on April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Center for Biblical and Theological Studies, Room 115. 

This event, which is open to the public, is being hosted by Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP) Community Outreach Committee, comprised of pharmacy students. The panel will discuss the debate over the government’s interference in public health concerns and the right to civil liberties. 

Cedarville faculty members speaking on the panel include Dennis Sullivan, M.D., director of the center for bioethics and professor of biology; Mark Pinkerton, M.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice; Phillip Thornton, Ph.D., vice chair of experiential programs and associate professor of pharmacy practice; and Melody Hartzler, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice. 

“I am hoping this event will increase public awareness and respect of vaccines in society and limit the fears of vaccines,” Sullivan said. 

Sullivan said this event was also created to address myths that have risen in regards to vaccinations and allows Cedarville University School of Pharmacy to have a unique role in hosting this event.

“This event gives Cedarville the opportunity to engage in the culture and let the school of pharmacy be in the public arena,” Sullivan said. 

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,620 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.