Global and Community Outreach

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Explore our global and community outreach initiatives that foster health care leadership in populations locally, nationally and internationally. 

Global Health Initiatives

We offer many opportunities for our students to learn how to address global health concerns and promote culturally competent health care in international populations.

Short Term Global Health Experiences

Short term global health experiences (7-10 days) are offered annually in under developed countries and typically occur in January over winter break and in March over spring break.

1-credit course is required:

Information is made available to all students in the spring semester for the following year's activities. 

Community Outreach Initiatives

We encourage our students to engage in community outreach activities to expand their understanding of pharmacy and to help serve our local community.

SPPS students assisting patient with blood pressure screening.

SPPS students assisting patient with blood pressure screening at 2023 Amherst Summer Family Health Fair

Refugee Medication Health Literacy Program

Students can participate in one of the country's only Refugee Medication Health Literacy Programs, a community-driven outreach initiative that assists displaced refugees entering the Western New York area with medication management education through culturally sensitive materials. These small group teaching sessions give newly arrived refugees from all over the globe a better understanding of the U.S. healthcare system, and how, when and why medications have been provided to them.

Poison Prevention and Awareness

Our PharmD students visit local preschool and elementary schools to educate students on the importance of poison prevention and awareness. The poison prevention and awareness presentations include vidoes, interactive games and Poison Information Center information for students and their parents. Since the 1980s, our students and faculty have partnered with the Upstate New York Poison Center to provide educational poison prevention and awareness programs to various groups in the Western New York Community.

Say Yes to Education Buffalo

Our students and faculty lead health care programing in Buffalo Public Schools, specifically the Frank A. Sedita Elementary School, with the Say Yes to Education Buffalo partnership. Say Yes Buffalo is a community advocacy organization to help increase economic and educational mobility among the Sedita School’s diverse and underserved urban population. Our students create and lead health care educational programs geared to middle school- and elementary school-age students thoughout the Buffalo Public School system.  

Submit a Community Outreach Event Request

We welcome requests from our student organizations and external community partners for our students to engage in outreach events in our community, such as medical clinics, vaccine clinics and health fairs.

Complete the following form to submit a request for our students to participate in a community outreach event. 

For questions, please email the Office of Global and Community Outreach at

International Pharmaceutical Student Organization

The UB International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF) is the student organization supporting service outreach programming. Their goal is to focus on initiatives to underserved populations and assist with local and international global health outreach. They also assist with international student exchange visitors.  IPSF students can attend annual global health conferences to enhance their understanding and support of global health.

Coursework and Academics

Review coursework and academics supporting global and community outreach.