Global Student Opportunities
The UI College of Pharmacy's ever-expanding global reach advances research, scholarship, and service around the world. Students have the opportunity to learn about and work in global pharmacy practice.
Fourth-year College of Pharmacy students (P4s) are required to complete a series of five-week practice experiences for credit. Seven core international rotations are offered.
Additional rotations are offered periodically. For example, faculty member Ronald Herman has taken UI students to Kenya, Nicaragua, Belize and Ethiopia through Global Health Outreach (GHO). The organization assembles medical teams to provide primary health care services in underserved areas.
Pharmacy is an altruistic profession, and while we carry that every day in our practice we need to expand our vision and seek out places where we can help people who are less fortunate.”
~ Pat Keefe, '69 BSPH
In addition, third-year students may opt to spend winter or spring break caring for patients in underserved countries.
Each year, College of Pharmacy students participate in a UI-Rotary service project to treat children with intestinal parasites in Xicotepec, Mexico, after taking a three semester hour class. Students have also learned about palliative care in India through International Programs India Winterim program. Others have joined alumnus Patrick Keefe on mission trips to rural Uganda.
Other International Coursework
- PharmD students may pursue a dual PharmD-Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, a Certificate in Public Health, or a Global Health Certificate.
- Ongoing and upcoming classes focus on the how pharmacists can improve global health.