Global Health Initiatives

UB pharmacy students in Belize for a medical mission trip, January 2020.

UB pharmacy students in Belize for a medical mission trip, January 2020

We offer many opportunities for you to learn how to address global health concerns, promote culturally competent health care, and foster health care leadership in populations locally, nationally and internationally. 

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Medical mission trips

Medical mission trips (7-10 days) are offered annually to Latin America and the Caribbean and typically occur in January; 1-credit course is required. 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. 

Professional 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.

Refugee Medication Health Literacy Program

Students can also 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.

Elective coursework

We currently offer two 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.

Global Health Pharmacy micro-credential

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.

PharmD/MPH Dual Degree

Our doctor of pharmacy (PharmD)/master of public health (MPH) degree is an opportunity to engage in important public health policy development and global health care research to improve patient outcomes.