Global Health Initiatives

UB pharmacy students in the Dominican Republic for a medical mission trip January 2023.

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 in low and middle income countries and typically occur in January; 1-credit course is required. Information is made available to all students in the spring semester. 

Advance Pharmacy Practice Experiences

During the P4 year, students can elect to complete an international rotation with one of our four international partners. These include: the University of Zimbabwe in Harare, Zimbabwe, the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada, Taipei Medical University in Taipei City, Taiwan, and Amrita University in Kochi, India. 

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.


Elective research in global health is available with select faculty in UB SPPS.

Global Health Pharmacy Micro-Credential

The Global Health Pharmacy micro-credential provides an opportunity for students 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.