Global Pharmacy Engagement
The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy strives to promote international exchange of faculty and students and collaborative activities for the purpose of advancing research and education.
At any given time, the College of Pharmacy has students, faculty and staff that are involved with varying degrees of global health outreach, research or practice development activities. Every single learner can benefit from global experiences that add to public good here in Minnesota and beyond. Learn more about how to stay connected!
Global Engagement Opportunities
PD1-PD3 Pharmacy and AHC Wide Elective Courses
Through this UMD study abroad course, pharmacy students explore historical and cultural venues in Italy and their relationship to health. This includes comparing and contrasting the role of the arts in pharmacy, analyzing the impact of social and cultural factors on community health, analyzing the causes of the black plague in Italy, the principles of epidemiology & quarantine, and evaluating their study abroad experience in Italy from an academic and personal growth perspective.
The University of Minnesota’s Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, in partnership with SocMed, is pleased to again offer Global Health in a Local Context: An Experiential Course on the Social Determinants, Community Engagement, and Social Action in Minnesota.
This is a global health & leadership inter-professional learning experience in Myrose, India happening between December and January. In this three-week experience students will learn about health in the Indian context, including methods of healthcare delivery, public health infrastructure, and the influence of social determinants. This program is offered through the AHC Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility in partnership with SVYM, an NGO that has been engaged in southern India.
Medical Education through Diversity and Service (MEDS)
This course, co-directed by Pharmacy faculty, is an interprofessional global health course with pharmacy and medical students on the Duluth Campus.
Students in this course visit and meet with a wide variety of government, regulatory, pharmacy organizations and independent pharmacies both in Minnesota and for two weeks in Portugal. Students learn about differences in health care systems, regulations, and advancing pharmacy practice to improve patient care.
PD4 International Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)
Designed for students to learn about pharmacy practice and patient care in a different culture. Students look at national health policies in the U.S. and are able to compare them to systems in place in Germany.
Research Elective APPE in Kampala, Uganda
This is a 5-week international APPE research elective that promotes student understanding of pharmacy's role in international research. It highlights the interconnection between research and clinical pharmacy practice in resource limited settings.
The Tanzania APPE rotation addresses humanitarian work and public health in the developing world. Students participate in rounds on a general ward, work with physicians in an outpatient clinic and travel with a mobile HIV outreach clinic. They study the scope of pharmacy services including education, pharmacy practice in clinical settings, inventory management and procurement, and the manufacture and distribution of drugs within the country.
Student Led Service Trips
Learning About Cultural Competency in Peru
In January, students can participate in a service campaign to Cusco, Peru. This trip brings into perspective how resources and access to medications and medical services can be very limited. It allows students to see the importance of cultural competency in practicing patient centered health care.
CARE for Haiti
The CARE (Clinics And Relief Efforts) for Haiti is a student led service trip to provide sustainable health care in southeast Haiti by educating the community, improving hygiene, providing immunizations, and working towards building a permanent clinic in a rural community in Chabin, Haiti. CARE for Haiti is composed of a group of pharmacy students working with other health care professionals, Haitian health officials, and local community leaders to create culturally sensitive, patient centered, health care interventions.
Culturally Sensitive Care In Rural Guatemala
Over winter break, students complete a medical campaign in rural communities of Antigua, Guatemala. During the weeklong campaign, the students work alongside a Guatemalan physician and a field manager to provide pop-up clinics in underserved areas.
Other International Collaborations
The US-Thai Consortium for the Development of Pharmacy Education was founded in May 1994 with nine schools of pharmacy from the United States, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), eight schools of pharmacy in Thailand and the Committee for Pharmacy Manpower Development of the Thailand Ministry of University Affairs. More recently there are now 18 Thai and 16 US schools of pharmacy in the consortium. Annual conference offers the opportunity for faculty, staff, and students from schools of pharmacy across the United States and Thailand to reflect on Consortium’s past achievements and plan future initiatives.
Jason Varin, PharmD
Interim Associate Dean
Professional & External Relations
Dept. of Pharmaceutical Care & Health System
Jason Varin coordinates and promotes community engagement initiatives and programs and serves as the Interim Global Education and Research Director for the college and liaison to the Academic Health Center and University wide global programs and advisory groups.
Global Engagement Contact
Prosperity Eneh, PharmD
Global Pharmacy Engagement, Education and Research Fellow
Prosperity Eneh is passionate about the pharmacy profession's role in global health. In her role, she is working to strengthen and evolve current global engagement initiatives for the College. She is also collaborating with faculty on scholarly endeavors in global health.
Global Health Resources
Participating students must:
- complete a release waiver
- obtain international insurance
- get approval for travel locations on the State Department Warning List
The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility serves as the primary contact for partnerships and collaborations across the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center to create a global portfolio of research, education, and engagement.
The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance is the central international office for the U of M system that is the driving force for the University of Minnesota in globalizing teaching, learning, research, and engagement.
The International Pharmaceutical Federation is the global federation representing three million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists worldwide by providing support for the development of the pharmacy profession, through practice and emerging scientific innovations, in order to meet the world’s health care needs and expectations.
The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation is the leading international advocacy organization for pharmacy and pharmaceutical science students to promote improved public health through the provision of information, education, and networking opportunities as well as a range of publications and professional activities.
The Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships are designed to support the continued internationalization of the University of Minnesota by providing critical assistance to students enrolled in master’s and professional degree programs, and to increase opportunities for students to study, undertake internships, and conduct research projects abroad.