Global Health Initiatives

The UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has offers multiple initiatives which expose our students to practical global health concerns, promote culturally competent health care, and foster the development of servant leadership in global populations locally, nationally, and internationally. 

Service Trips and Student Organizations

Medical mission trips (7-10 days) are offered annually to Latin America and the Caribbean and typically occur in January; course credit may be available. Information is made available to all students early fall semester. If students wish to attend a medical mission trip at another time, these requests will be evaluated on an individual basis. 

The UB International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF) is the student organization supporting service outreach programming. Their goal is to focus on initiatives to under-served populations and assist with organizing medical mission trips and other local and regional outreach. IPSF students can also attend the annual Global Missions Health Conference to enhance their understanding and support of servant leadership.   

Contact Us

Global Health Initiative

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University at Buffalo
Kapoor Hall
Buffalo NY 14214

Qing Ma, PhD
Assistant Professor

Gina M. Prescott, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Associate Professor

The University at Buffalo has strong partnerships with many health care agencies around the world, including:

  • University of Zimbabwe – Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Taipei Veterans General Hospital – Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Wanfang Hospital – Taipei, Taiwan
  • Instituto Dante Pazzanese De Cardiologia – Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Cloud Pharmacy – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Loblaws Corporation – Brampton, Ontario, Canada
  • Project HOPE - India

Currently 2 elective courses exist for students to expand their knowledge and understanding of global healthcare concerns in pharmacy.  Students are eligible to enroll in these courses during the P2 and P3 year.

PHM 561: Global Health Outreach
PHM 521: Spanish for Pharmacists

The School Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the School of Public Health and Health Professions jointly offer a five-year program leading to the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD)/master of public health (MPH) degree.

Other Partnerships

  • Buffalo Refugee Community: Sustainable Medication Literacy Program
    This community-driven outreach program assists displaced refugees entering the Western New York area with medication management through culturally sensitive patient education materials. These materials give refugees from all over the globe a better understanding of how, when and why medications have been provided to them, resulting in increased compliance and improved health.
  • University at Buffalo—University of Zimbabwe
    The NIH Fogarty International AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP), partners with the University of Zimbabwe to offer outstanding clinical research and scholarly opportunities in these key areas:
    • Conduct pharmacology research and mentoring in Zimbabwe for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and implementation sciences
    • Establish independent investigators and enhance research capacity of Zimbabwe UZ as a Center for excellence for regional and neighboring areas.
  • Buffalo Jamaica Innovation Enterprise
    This unique center brings together leaders from UB, Buffalo, and various public and private organizations in Jamaica to implement research programs focusing on patient safety and infectious diseases.  The center also actively promotes education and training through the Jamaica Global Infectious Diseases Research Training Program, a collaborative program supported by UB, the University of the West Indies and Ministry of Health, Jamaica.
  • Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, China
  • Taipei Medical University, Taiwan
  • Xuzhou Medical University, China