Consistent with the UCSF motto “advancing health worldwide™,” the School of Pharmacy recognizes that we have much to share and much to learn through international partnerships in teaching, research and service. As a subset of this international mission, global health is one way we can affirm our commitment to underserved populations—improving access to and use of essential medicines.
Strategic visioning to begin in 2014
Health professions students and trainees nationwide are increasingly interested in including global health content in their curricula, so as part of a wider strategic visioning process that will begin in 2014, the school will examine the goals of and infrastructure for participation in international activities, including those related to PharmD students going abroad for advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) and the school’s capacity to accept international trainees for clinical and research activities.
Temporary moratorium on some international activities
During this period of review and planning there will be a moratorium on international advanced pharmacy practice experiences and on our ability to accept trainees from outside UCSF. This space will allow us to create and resource a high quality international system that is ethically responsible, better aligned with UCSF’s interprofessional support systems, and consistent with our accreditation standards.
To craft this bold new agenda, we will need your patience and your help. Stay tuned for information about ways you can contribute to this important planning process.
Alternate activities available
In the meantime, PharmD students interested in international travel, working with underserved populations, or global health are encouraged to explore:
- Private travel that may be inclusive of observations of pharmacy practice in other countries.
- The multitude of organizations dedicated to improving health care access and quality for those underserved populations immigrating to California.
- Pathway to Discovery in Global Health, which includes elective courses, discussion groups, and opportunities to connect with other UCSF learners interested in global health.
- Professional organizations and meetings sponsored by international pharmacy organizations, including but not limited to:
Contact Associate Dean of Global Health & Educational Innovations Tina Brock.
Go to: Curriculum Overview