Global Health Initiatives

The UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 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

Qing Ma, PhD
Assistant Professor

Gina M. Prescott, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Associate Professor

Jean Costanzo
Academic Coordinator for the Department of Pharmacy Practice; Administrative Assistant, Global Outreach

The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has strong partnerships with many health care agencies around the world. 

  • APPE sites: Zimbabwe, Taiwan and India
  • Medical Mission sites: Dominican Republic, Ghana, Haiti, Jamaica and Belize

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 Global Health Pharmacy micro-credential provides an opportunity for you to engage in a competency-based global health curriculum to achieve the status of “Global Citizen” as recognized by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

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 HIV Research and Training Program (HRTP), 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.
  • University of the West Indies Mona Campus — Jamaica
    The Global Infectious Diseases Research Training Program will produce a new generation of virology researchers in Jamaica by providing University of the West Indies graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with training at SUNY research laboratories.
  • Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, China
  • Taipei Medical University, Taiwan
  • Xuzhou Medical University, China