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  • International Experiences

    Extending Pharmacy's International Reach

    Because advances in pharmaceutical science impact people on a global scale, we give students a number of opportunities to experience the industry from an international perspective. We have formal affiliations with academic institutions or hospitals in nine countries where you can pursue study abroad and other opportunities: China, Great Britain, Indonesia, Japan, Macau (S.A.R. China), Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam and Zambia.

    In addition, the McWhorter School of Pharmacy hosts an International Pharmacy Scholars Conference each summer. The conference is an excellent forum for pharmacy scholars from around the world to both teach and learn about the state of pharmacy education. 

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    Elective Courses Give You a Global Perspective

    The McWhorter School of Pharmacy offers a number of international study opportunities as electives, including:

    Exploring Medical Missions (PHRX 467)

    This elective course serves as an introduction to medical missions and is aimed at understanding the need to provide medical care among the world's underserved communities, the role of the pharmacist on the medical mission team and how to provide spiritual and physical health care with an emphasis on global health. This course is aimed at understanding the social, emotional and cultural needs of specific patient populations and providing patient care, medicine and patient education to the less fortunate.

    Applied Medical Missions (PHRX 468)

    This elective course allows students wanting to serve on an international health care mission team to explore more deeply their role as a pharmacist on the team, as well their future in short-term medical missions. Students must be pre-approved for enrollment in the course by the instructor-of-record and must participate in an international health care mission trip, as well as complete assigned reflective writings, readings, and post-trip discussion sessions.

    Pharmacy and Health Care in Great Britain (PHRX 470)

    This elective course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to learn about the role of the pharmacist in the health system of Great Britain. The course includes preparatory meetings at the McWhorter School of Pharmacy prior to and after the trip. While in Great Britain, you will visit multiple pharmacy, health care, cultural and historical sites.

    International Pharmacy I (PHRX 678)

    Within the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiential (APPE) program, this course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop knowledge and patient care skills in an international setting. This elective course is offered in both the fall and spring and can be completed in any of the McWhorter School of Pharmacy's many international partner sites ranging from Zambia, Africa to Beijing, China.

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