Jim Ruble portrait
  • Associate Professor (Clinical), Pharmacotherapy
  • Faculty Relations Specialist, Office Of Sr Vp Health Sci
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, College Of Law
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Research Summary

My scholarship interests are focused in the following areas: (1) legal requirements in health care, professional standards of care, and risk management; (2) ethical dilemmas in health care delivery and health care technologies; (3) communication and conflict management; (4) FDA law and regulation; and (5) intellectual property in health care.


  • JD, Law, University of Utah
  • PharmD, Pharmacy, University of Utah
  • BS, Pharmacy, University of Utah
  • BS , Biology (Emphasis biochemistry/cell biology), University of Utah
  • Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution, Communication, University of Utah


Jim Ruble, PharmD, JD is an associate professor (clinical) in the Department of Pharmacotherapy at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy, and a faculty relations specialist in the Office of Academic Affairs. 

Jim is adjunct faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine – Program in Medical Ethics and Humanities, in the College of Law, and in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmaceutics.  His teaching, scholarship and clinical activities focus on pharmacy and healthcare law, ethical dilemmas in healthcare, FDA law and regulation, health care policy, pharmacy compounding, community pharmacy practice, communication and conflict. 

Jim has received numerous awards for distinguished teaching, including the College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year (multiple), Hinckley Institute Outstanding Professor Award and the Daniels Fund-David Eccles School of Business Award for Excellence in Ethics Education.  He served the Hospital Ethics Committee for 10 years, and served as Ombudsman for the University of Utah Health Sciences. 

Jim is a member of the Utah Bar and the US Patent and Trademark Office Bar.  Jim is trained in conflict resolution, and is a mediator.  He received academic degrees in science (BS Biology), pharmacy (BS Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy), and law (Juris Doctor) from the University of Utah. 

Jim feels privileged to be an educator, clinician, and scholar, but most importantly wants to be a good humanitarian.