PharmAlliance is an international partnership between the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Monash University, and University College London that provides opportunities for collaborative international efforts to advance patient care.

 PharmAlliance

The Global Pharmacy Scholars program provides international experiential education opportunities to current Pharm.D. students to practice global scholarship in varied settings, so that students can develop new cognitive frameworks that can be applicable regardless of practice setting or location.

The Global Engagement Fellowship is a two-year postdoctoral training program to develop future global pharmacy leaders in academic or healthcare organizations.

Our Fellows

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Miranda G. Law, Pharm.D.
Global Engagement Fellow 2015-2017

Law’s interest in global health stemmed from her extensive work within the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation during her studies. Law plans to advance her public health education through an MPH or DrPH program Her career interests include working in the field of global health and performing research in creating sustainable improvements in the pharmacy workforce within developing countries.


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David R. Steeb, Pharm.D.
Global Engagement Fellow 2013-2015

Steeb’s opportunity to pioneer the fellowship provided him the opportunity to develop global health expertise and acumen. He is currently enrolled in a Global Health MPH program through the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Upon completion of his fellowship, he continued his career with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as assistant clinical professor and director of global engagement.

 

The School offers a variety of Global Internships for our student pharmacists, allowing students the opportunity to explore the roles pharmacists play in different global health settings.

The Office of Global Engagement at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is offering an internship which will involve the selected interns in the global activities of the School.

The selected intern(s) will have the opportunity to work in one or more of the following areas:

  • Survey research – the office is currently exploring ideas in survey research within select developing nations surrounding clinical pharmacy practice and pharmacy education. The intern(s) may have opportunities to learn about survey science, develop surveys, and participate in survey distribution.
  • Curricular development – the office is currently engaged in the development of new courses and degree programs. The intern(s) may have the opportunity to contribute towards content development.
  • Due diligence for international opportunities – the office is continuously evaluating the international landscape for new, innovative, and impactful global opportunities. The school is interested in evaluating opportunities within Africa, South America and the Middle East. The intern(s) may learn about and contribute to the due diligence processes that are involved in assessing global opportunities.
  • Data analysis/metrics development – data is the backbone of new ideas, continuous quality improvement and evaluation of progress. The intern(s) may have opportunities to learn about and contribute to data collection for the office, as well as develop metrics/tools for use in monitoring and evaluating activities.
  • Program development – the office is exploring opportunities in developing business plans for new activities and programs. The intern(s) may have the opportunity to learn skills toward developing new activities and programs for PharmAlliance and emerging initiatives.
To learn more, please take a look at our internship brochure. To speak to our office about this internship, please e-mail globalpharmacy@unc.edu with questions.

The Office of Global Engagement is collaborating with Advance Access & Delivery (AA&D), a non-profit organization based in Durham, N.C. to offer opportunities to students interested in exploring the role of pharmacists in global health delivery and understanding the challenges that exists in expanding the global supply and access mechanisms to quality-assured therapies.

With support from the Global Fund and Eli Lilly multi drug resistant – tuberculosis (MDR-TB) Partnership, AA&D is finalizing an expansive database including an updateable, interactive map of all ongoing efforts and major initiatives aimed at addressing drug supply and access challenges surrounding TB. To ensure that these tools remain useful for policy and funding discussions, it is critical that they remain updated to reflect real-time funding and activity status.

About the Internship

Interns have the opportunity to work with a dynamic, flexible tool that would inform stakeholders in real-time of areas of operational research and funding overlap or gaps in the response to the global MDR-TB epidemic. Interns have the opportunity to work in one or more of the following areas:

  • Online research: During this research phase, interns are responsible for identifying projects that fall into the scope of the mapping exercise. Interns will use criteria based on seven market-driving parameters to determine the inclusion or exclusion of projects that they find through online research.
  • Interviews: Once preliminary data has been collected on projects and it has been determined that a project falls in scope for this exercise, interns will ask project leads to fill out a Qualtrics survey that will provide them with additional information used to tailor a 30-45 minute phone/Skype interview with the project lead. Interns are responsible for scheduling and conducting interviews and inputting all collected data into a master database. Interviews are a great opportunity for students to hone qualitative research skills and they allow opportunities for interns to interact with leaders in the tuberculosis field around strategies they are using to tackle the global TB epidemic.
  • Data input and analysis: Once data is collected and input into a master database, interns may help in the data analysis process that translates the collected data into a format that can be easily uploaded into the online mapping tool.
  • Present at key meetings: Interns may have opportunities to present project findings to key stakeholders and policy makers at international sourcing and strategy meetings in Geneva and/or elsewhere.
  • Expand tool to other disease areas: Interns work to further develop the mapping tools for other disease areas outside the TB landscape in an effort to identify gaps and challenges to expanding proven, life-saving care for people suffering from preventable illnesses such as diabetes, Hepatitis C, oncology, and unintentional opioid overdose.

Future Internship Opportunities

AA&D is interested in exploring the role that pharmacists can play in advancing their public health efforts. They have an interest in involving student pharmacists when the opportunity is available.

Future internship opportunities with AA&D may involve different projects but will continue to focus on addressing critical challenges in access to medicines and the delivery of comprehensive care amongst marginalized groups in the U.S. and abroad.

 

For more information about this internship, please e-mail globalpharmacy@unc.edu with questions.

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is a non-governmental organization and global body representing pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, founded in 1912. Through their 139 national organizations, academic institutional members and individual members, FIP represents over three million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists around the world. FIP has been in official relations with the World Health Organization since 1948. Through their partnerships and extensive global pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences network, they work to support the development of the pharmacy profession, through practice and emerging scientific innovations, in order to meet the world’s health care needs and expectations. You can find their vision, mission and strategic plan here.

FIP’s education initiative (FIPEd) aims at strengthening projects and partnerships with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The FIP-UNESCO UNITWIN African Center of Excellence in Pharmacy Education was recently created to facilitate the sharing of ideas, skills, resources, and best practices around pharmacy education within five countries in Africa. The work of the Center focuses around five broad pharmacy domains: communication, capability, quality, innovation, and clinical.

About the Internship

Activities

The internship provides an opportunity for student pharmacists to gain hands on experience in international pharmacy organization administration. Interns could work in any one of these selected areas:

  • Education systems and human resources for health;
  • Marketing and business development;
  • Policies and global health.

Intern tasks may include, but are not limited to, project development, data management, and data analysis. The mentor will provide additional details. There are 1-2 positions available for this internship per year. The internship is currently only offered to second year student pharmacists.

Structure

Selected interns would begin their internship off-site during the Spring semester and continue on-site at The Hague for two months during summer 2017. During the spring semester, students would dedicate approximately 5-10 hours/week to FIP intern activities. Once on site at the FIP headquarters in The Hague, the Intern would work with FIP on a full-time basis (40h / week) for two months.

 

For more information about this internship, please e-mail globalpharmacy@unc.edu with questions.