Karl Hess

Karl Hess (he/him/his)

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice
School of Pharmacy
Expertise: Travel Medicine; Vaccines or Immunizations; Self-Care Therapeutics; Community Pharmacy; Community Pharmacy Practice Innovation;
Office Location: Rinker Health Science Campus 94-297J
Phone: 714.516.5570
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Doctor of Pharmacy


Dr. Karl Hess earned his PharmD from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences in Boston in 2005. He subsequently completed a post-graduate year one residency in community pharmacy practice at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy in 2006. He lectures on a variety of subjects on self-care therapeutics, immunizations, and travel health and medicine. In 2009, he earned the Certificate in Travel Health from the International Society of Travel Medicine and, in 2018; he received Associate Member status in the Faculty of Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow, Scotland. In addition to his faculty appointment at Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP), Dr. Hess also serves as the School’s Director of Community Pharmacy Practice Innovations. In this role, Dr. Hess helps to lead CUSP’s efforts around its participation in the Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN), Flip the Pharmacy (FtP), and the Academic-CPESN-Transformation Collaborative (ACT). Dr. Hess also works with CUSP’s community pharmacy stakeholders to help develop innovative community pharmacy residencies to enhance the School’s efforts to transform community pharmacy into next-generation patient care centers. 


Dr. Hess’ areas of academic and research interests include community pharmacy practice, travel medicine, vaccines, and self-care therapeutics. He has given numerous local, state, national, and international educational programs on these subjects and is specifically interested in the global advancement of community pharmacy and pharmacy-based immunization and travel health services.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Bach A, Hess KM. Chapter 136: Genital Herpes, Gonococcal, and Chlamydial Infections. In Schwinghammer TL, Koehler JM (eds). Pharmacotherapy Casebook: A Patient-Focused Approach. 12th Edition. 2023. McGraw Hill.
Bach A, Walsh A, Hess KM. Chapter 72: Sexually Transmitted Diseases. In M. Koda-Kimble, L. Yee Young, W. Kradjian, et al (eds). Applied Therapeutics, The Clinical Use of Drugs. 12th Edition. 2023. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Hurley-Kim K, Babish K, Chen E, Diaz A, Hanh N, Evans D, Seed S, Hess KM. The Role of the US Travel Health Pharmacist in a Post COVID-19 Pandemic. Pharmacy 2022; 10, 134 doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy10050134
Kang C, Hess KM. Chapter 18: Pinworm Infection. In D. Krinsky, et al (eds). Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs. 20th Edition. 2020. American Pharmacists Association.
Won K, Hess K. Vaccinating Adults During the Pandemic Poses Challenges. Pharmacy Times 2020. Available at: https://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/supplements/2020/june2020/vaccinating-adults-amid-crisis-poses-challenges
Hess K. Improving Vaccination Rates of Under-Vaccinated and Other Vulnerable Populations Remains a Challenge. Pharmacy Times.
Hess K, Bach A, Won K, Seed S. Community Pharmacists Roles During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Pharm Pract; 2020 Dec 15; doi: 10.1177/0897190020980626 (epub ahead of print).
Zikry G, Bach A, Seed S, Won K, Hess K. Point of Care Testing in the Community Pharmacy During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Pharmacy Times. Available at: https://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/issue/2021/january2021/point-of-care-testing-offers-new-opportunities
Fahim M, Munjy L, Hess K. COVID-19 Vaccines: Guidance on Distribution, Administration, and Follow Up. Pharmacy Times. Available at: https://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/issue/2021/january2021/consider-latest-on-distribution-guidance
Zikry G, Hess K. Pharmacy as a destination for receiving vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pharmacy Times. Available at: https://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/supplements/2020/immunizationnovember2020/pharmacy-as-a-destination-for-receiving-vaccines-during-the-covid-19-pandemic
Hess KM. Chapter 30: Implementing Value-Added Pharmacy Services. In S. Desselle, D. Zgarrick (eds). Pharmacy Management. 5th Edition. 2019. McGraw Hill Professional.
Ha DR, Hurley-Kim K, Hess KM. Implementing and Expanding Vaccination Services: An Updated Review for Routine Vaccinations. America’s Pharmacist 2019; 49-70. Available at: http://www.ncpa.co/issues/APSEPT19-CE.pdf
Desselle SP, Moczygemba LR, Coe AB, Hess K, Zgarrick DP. Applying Management Principles to Implementing and Evaluating Value-Added Services. Pharmacy 2019; 7: 99. Available at https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy7030099
Hurley-Kim K, Goad J, Seed S, Hess KM. Pharmacy-Based Travel Health Services in the United States. Pharmacy 2019; 7(1). Available at https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy7010005
Hurley-Kim, K, Sneed R, Hess KM. Pharmacists’ Scope of Practice in Travel Health: A Review of State Laws and Regulations. J Am Pharm Assn 2018; 58(2): 163-167
Goad JA, Hess KM, Bach A. Chapter 72: Sexually Transmitted Diseases. In M. Koda-Kimble, L. Yee Young, W. Kradjian, et al (eds). Applied Therapeutics, The Clinical Use of Drugs. 11th Edition. 2017. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Hurley-Kim, K, Snead R, Hess KM. Pharmacists Scope of Practice in Travel Health Services: A State-by-State Review. American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting 2017, San Francisco, CA (Poster Presentation)
Hess K. What My Son Doesn’t Know About Leadership, but Taught Me Anyways. (Editorial). Journal of Contemporary Pharmacy Practice 2017 64(2): 7-8
Gregorian T, Bach A, Hess K, Hurley K, Mirzaian E, Goad J. Implementing Pharmacy-Based Travel Health Services: Insight and Guidance from Frontline Practitioners. California Pharmacist 2017; LXIV(1): 23-29