International Opportunities

Short-term Medical Outreach

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College of Pharmacy students participate in 7-10-day interprofessional clinics in Ecuador through Shoulder to Shoulder Global. Students have the opportunity to interact with indigenous groups and have exposure to Ecuadorian culture. This opportunity is available to all pharmacy students and some pre-pharmacy students with excellent Spanish skills. More information about this program is available at the Shoulder to Shoulder Global website.

Graduate Certificate in Global Health

The Graduate Certificate in Global Health is designed to prepare students to meet the growing demand for international, interdisciplinary skills in areas such as disease and injury prevention, health care, and other health-related disciplines. Offered through the College of Public Health, this program is open to all pharmacy students as well as other health-professions students. More information can be found on their website

Faculty-led Study Abroad

Faculty lead occasional study abroad opportunities that are open to pharmacy and sometimes pre-pharmacy students. During the Winter 2015-2016 Intersession, Healthcare Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: A Comparison of American and United Kingdom Health Systems will be offered in London, England. Another course to examine the Japanese healthcare system in Tokyo, Japan is being planned for Summer 2015.

International Visitors

Image 4The College of Pharmacy regularly invites pharmacy students and faculty from Kitasato University in Tokyo, Japan to visit UK during the summer. Additionally, the College has opportunities for international students and faculty members to come for training at UK. College of Pharmacy students frequently participate in parts of these visits.

Elective Courses

Image 1Students have the opportunity to develop their global aptitude on UKs campus through coursework. A Global Classroom is underdevelopment that will link students from Peking University in Beijing, China with UK students. Though live and recorded lectures and project work, students will interact with Chinese students and faculty. An interprofessional course has been developed to prepare students for the Shoulder to Shoulder Global medical outreach trips in Ecuador. In this course, students are exposed to the culture of Ecuador and develop the abilities they will need to participate effectively while in Ecuador.

International Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences

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These six-week rotations for fourth-year pharmacy students allow for in-depth exploration of another country and its culture. Experiences vary from clinical rotations to research experiences depending on the APPE site. Current APPE opportunities include Canada, China, Ecuador, England, Poland, Scotland, and Thailand.


Melody Ryan, Pharm.D., MPH
Phone: 859-257-8790

Matt Southers, B.S., CPhT
Instructional Lab Coordinator
Phone: (859) 323-0684

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