Medical School
Brianne Bakken, PharmD

Brianne K. Bakken, PharmD, MHA

Assistant Professor Department of Clinical Sciences


  • MCW Pharmacy School
    HRC H2600

Contact Information


PharmD, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, Iowa City, IA
MHA, University of Iowa College of Public Health, Iowa City, IA
PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Pharmacy Educator Preparation Program (PEPPR) Teaching Certificate, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, Iowa City, IA


Basic Life Support, American Heart Association
Immunization Certification, American Pharmacists Association
Registered Pharmacist: Iowa


Brianne Bakken, PharmD joined the MCW Pharmacy School in August 2017 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences. Dr. Bakken received her PharmD from The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2015. She then completed a PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). During her residency, Dr. Bakken received her Masters of Health Administration (MHA) degree from the University of Iowa College of Public Health, and served as IPPE 2 Coordinator, Preceptor and Adjunct Faculty at The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Her research at UIHC focused on hospital pharmacy operations, medication safety, process improvement, waste reduction and technology systems, including active and passive RFID and IV workflow automation. Dr. Bakken’s professional interests include pharmacy practice model innovation, telehealth, technology and automation, LEAN process improvement, leadership development, health policy and advocacy, and interprofessional education.

Research Experience

  • Automation
  • Burnout, Professional
  • Employment
  • Harassment, Non-Sexual
  • Health Care Quality & Process Improvement
  • Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation
  • Health Manpower
  • Hospital Administration
  • Medication Errors
  • Medication Safety
  • Occupational Exposure
  • Patient Safety

Clinical Expertise

  • Acute Care Pharmacy
  • Ambulatory Care Pharmacy
  • Automation
  • Education, Pharmacy
  • Health Care Quality and Process Improvement
  • Hospital Administration
  • Informatics
  • Leadership
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Pharmacy Residencies
  • Practice Management
  • Specialty Pharmacy

Research Interests

  • Practice Model Innovation
  • Telehealth & Telepharmacy
  • Leadership Development
  • Preceptor Development
  • Interprofessional Education


I am passionate about developing future pharmacists ready to tackle healthcare issues with innovative and entrepreneurial solutions that ultimately improve patient care. My goal as an educator is to encourage learners to take a patient-centered approach to healthcare and consider the individual needs of the patient, as I do in my own pharmacy practice. I also strive to expose students to the expanding roles and opportunities for pharmacists, inspiring them to create pharmacy services that target the healthcare Triple Aim of improving the experience of care, improving population health, and reducing costs.

Brianne K. Bakken, pharmD, MHA

August 2017