Students Look at National Health Policy in the U.S. and Germany

This summer, eight students participated in the elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) “Comparative and International Perspectives in Pharmacy Patient Care.” Students Look at National Health Policy in the U.S. and Germany

Students begin the APPE with a week in the Twin Cities learning about the political, legislative, insurance and distributive aspects of the Minnesota health care system. This is followed by a week in Washington, D.C., where the role of the Federal government is explored. In this week the group met with Medicare at Health and Human Services, a member of Congress, a lobby firm, and national professional associations.

In Germany, students spent time in Berlin and a small city in western Germany called Velbert. They met with the Federal Ministry of Health, elected representatives of the Germany parliament, health professionals and students, and other officials to learn more about the country’s health care system. They also spent time at the Adler Apotheke pharmacy to learn about pharmacy practice in Germany.

Students Look at National Health Policy in the U.S. and GermanyStudents who participated in the APPE included Heathere Jacobson, Pamela Jahnke, Karna Kaiser, Katrina Kaiser, Christine McCann, Stephan Seibert, Joe Steinle and Victor Tam. Faculty participants were Lowell Anderson, Nic Foerstner, Jochen Pfeifer and Jason Varin.