Event Title

Engaging students in active learning using current and emerging health issues: The case for Public Health in the PharmD Curriculum

Speaker's Credentials

Silvia E. Rabionet, EdD Associate Professor Department of Sociobehavioral and Administrative Pharmacy College of Pharmacy Nova Southeastern University

Georgina Silva- Suarez, PhD Assistant Professor Department of Sociobehavioral and Administrative Pharmacy College of Pharmacy Nova Southeastern University

Location

Auditorium B

Format

Podium Presentation

Start Date

21-1-2017 2:05 PM

End Date

21-1-2017 2:35 PM

Abstract

Introduction: Pharmacists play a key role in health promotion and education, and at all levels of prevention. As Pharmacy schools incorporate public health curricular experiences, there is a need to identify best practices.Purpose: Expose Pharm D students to Public Health while engaging them in active learning using current and emerging health issues.Description of innovation: Since 2013, NSU College of Pharmacy offers a public health required course to third year students aimed at providing public health knowledge and skills so that they can apply them to pharmacy practice. It is offered simultaneously, once a week for a semester, to 230 students, some of them at distant campuses. It is highly interactive and includes in-class exercises, case studies, and the assembling of a comprehensive health profile for a country. Students explore current issues that affect public health. Individual and group learning is assessed. Outcomes: Students have assembled 200 health profiles using current data from the CDC, WHO and local and national surveillance information. In-class exercises allowed them to explore issues like the Ebola outbreak, the Zika virus, Flint water quality, new vaccines and treatments for epidemics from a Pharmacy perspective. Case studies were used to explore the role of pharmacy in tobacco, emergency preparedness and immunization from a practice and policy standpoint.Discussion: Future pharmacists will be practicing in a challenging public health environment. Current global and national health issues, biomedical advances, and emerging diseases constitute the best case studies to teach the basic concepts, approaches, and critical thinking frameworks to address public health.

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 
Jan 21st, 2:05 PM Jan 21st, 2:35 PM

Engaging students in active learning using current and emerging health issues: The case for Public Health in the PharmD Curriculum

Auditorium B

Introduction: Pharmacists play a key role in health promotion and education, and at all levels of prevention. As Pharmacy schools incorporate public health curricular experiences, there is a need to identify best practices.Purpose: Expose Pharm D students to Public Health while engaging them in active learning using current and emerging health issues.Description of innovation: Since 2013, NSU College of Pharmacy offers a public health required course to third year students aimed at providing public health knowledge and skills so that they can apply them to pharmacy practice. It is offered simultaneously, once a week for a semester, to 230 students, some of them at distant campuses. It is highly interactive and includes in-class exercises, case studies, and the assembling of a comprehensive health profile for a country. Students explore current issues that affect public health. Individual and group learning is assessed. Outcomes: Students have assembled 200 health profiles using current data from the CDC, WHO and local and national surveillance information. In-class exercises allowed them to explore issues like the Ebola outbreak, the Zika virus, Flint water quality, new vaccines and treatments for epidemics from a Pharmacy perspective. Case studies were used to explore the role of pharmacy in tobacco, emergency preparedness and immunization from a practice and policy standpoint.Discussion: Future pharmacists will be practicing in a challenging public health environment. Current global and national health issues, biomedical advances, and emerging diseases constitute the best case studies to teach the basic concepts, approaches, and critical thinking frameworks to address public health.