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Dr. Rosalyn C. King

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Dr. King's commitment to advancing pharmacy practice transcended borders, taking her to multiple countries, including Romania and Nigeria, where she provided healthcare services and contributed to crucial projects funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

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“When people hear about certain aspects of my career, I’m inevitably asked, “What did you do?” When they learn that I was a pharmacist, yet I traveled the world extensively working on global health issues, they often wonder how I could have spent so much time on the frontlines of public health rather than standing behind a counter dispensing medication.

The truth is, I’ve done both of these things, and my career is a testament to the many ways that a pharmacist can contribute to the world of health care in general, and public health in particular, on both the local and global fronts.”

Dr. Rosalyn C. King

About Dr. Rosalyn C. King

Dr. Rosalyn C. King, PharmD '76, is a distinguished pharmacist, author, professor, consultant, and global health advisor, boasting a remarkable career that spans over five decades. Her journey commenced as a pharmacist at Watts Health Center in Los Angeles, where she acquired invaluable experiences that ignited her dedication to providing healthcare to underserved communities.

Throughout her career, Dr. King held pivotal roles, including her historic position as the first African American to be employed by the American Pharmacists Association. Additionally, she served as the founding director of the Pharmacists and Continuing Education Center at Howard University. Her commitment to advancing pharmacy practice transcended borders, as she provided healthcare services in multiple countries across continents, notably in countries like Romania and Nigeria.

Dr. King's indelible mark on the field of pharmacy extends to her role in enhancing the training of community pharmacists in women's health in Romania and her collaboration on crucial projects funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Nigeria. Her work focused on strengthening pharmacy systems and services for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and tuberculosis.

Among her numerous accolades, Dr. King received Seton Hill University's Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award, recognizing her exceptional contributions to healthcare. Her inspiring journey is a testament to the diverse ways in which pharmacists can contribute to healthcare, both locally and globally.

Dr. King's literary contributions are equally noteworthy, with publications covering a wide spectrum of topics, from pharmaceutical care to global health policy. Her insights continue to shape discussions and policies in healthcare, serving as a wellspring of inspiration for future generations of healthcare professionals.

In her retirement, Dr. King remains dedicated to working closely with organizations focused on reducing health disparities, improving public health, and caring for underserved populations. Her remarkable story serves as a source of motivation and insight, not only for healthcare professionals but also for anyone seeking to understand how determination and passion can lead to a remarkable journey of service and impact.



Doctor of Pharmacy,

University of Southern California,

Los Angeles, CA


Master's in Public Health

University of Southern California,

Los Angeles, CA


Bachelor of Science,

Pharmacy, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Global Projects & Initiatives

AWAP (Anglophone West Africa Pharmacists HIV/AIDS) Project

Dr. King collaborated with the West Africa Pharmaceutical Federation (WAPF) to tackle the HIV/AIDS crisis in anglophone West African countries. This project aimed to reduce HIV/AIDS-related mortality and enhance healthcare services in the region.

GHAIN (Global HIV/AIDS Initiative Nigeria) Project

This project involved a partnership with Family Health International (FHI) and coordination with the government of Nigeria to implement the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) activities. Led by Dr. King, this project received nearly $5 million in funding from 2004 to 2009 and trained 286 pharmacists to enhance services in community-level facilities for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

TrainPharm Project

This project focused on training community pharmacists to be agents of care rather than merely drug distributors. Dr. King's involvement helped transform pharmacists into essential healthcare providers in their communities.

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science International Health Institute Projects

Dr. King contributed to various projects in different countries, including Swaziland and Cameroon. These projects were designed to enhance maternal and child health and reduce mortality rates, particularly focusing on improving the well-being of women and children in these regions.

Project Santé De L’Enfant du Sud et Adamaoua (SESA) in Cameroon

Dr. King wrote the policy and structure to strengthen pro-pharmacies. Her involvement in this project was aimed at reducing infant, child, and maternal mortality rates in Cameroon, focusing on essential healthcare services for vulnerable populations.

Howard University College of Pharmacy Pharmacists and Continuing Education (PACE) Center

As the founding director, Dr. King led this unique program, which expanded the practice skills of pharmacists in developing communities abroad. During her 15 year tenure, she developed structured programs and trained over 2500 people across 44 countries.

Awards & Honors


Seton Hill University, 

Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award


National Pharmaceutical Association, Chauncey I. Cooper Award


Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria award


Montgomery County Maryland County Executive, African American Living Legend Award


Howard University, Health Sciences Luminary Award


Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy (Romania), Doctor Honoris Causa


National Pharmaceutical Association, Remington Honor Medal nomination


CMS Health Initiatives, Share Your Spirit Award


Black Caucus of Health Workers, Hildrus A. Poindexter Distinguished Service Award

About the book...

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"From Watts to the World: A Chronicle of Service" is not an autobiography but rather a comprehensive overview of Dr. King's illustrious career and experiences. The book serves as a lens into the broader landscape of pharmacy practice, particularly within the realm of public health. It captures the essence of her professional journey, global projects, and impact, primarily her unwavering commitment to serving underserved communities.



This story emphasizes the pivotal role of pharmacists in working closely with other healthcare professionals across diverse contexts, including policy advocacy, diplomatic efforts, international health initiatives, and primary care.



Dr. King's story emphasizes authenticity and staying true to oneself in the workplace. This theme underscores the importance of personal integrity in professional settings.


Health Equity

Dr. King highlights the unacceptable disparities in healthcare based on race and wealth and initiatives she charged to address these disparities worldwide in regions facing significant healthcare challenges.



Dr. King's lifelong dedication to serving underserved communities and addressing healthcare disparities underscores the importance of purpose-driven work and the profound impact that individuals can have in the field of healthcare.

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