The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is recognized as one of the leading schools of pharmacy in the U.S. in training pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists and is uniquely positioned to expand its education mission and research enterprise globally through strategic partnerships. The enriched educational and research experience of the School faculty and students through global engagement benefit not only the School but also the University and the state of North Carolina. Of equal importance, there are unmet health-care needs in many parts of the world. The School, through global engagement, assumes a leadership role in humanitarian, health-related efforts in underserved countries.

In 2012, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy made Global Engagement one of seven strategic initiatives in its 2012-2017 strategic plan with two primary objectives:

  • Expand the School’s education, research, and practice mission globally
  • Initiate and participate in global health care initiatives in partnership with UNC health science schools and other health care institutions

Global Engagement ultimately supports the mission of the school “to develop leaders in pharmacy education, pharmacy practice, and pharmaceutical sciences who make a difference on human health worldwide.” As the world becomes more culturally diverse in a globalized society and economy, it is necessary to train and develop the next generation of globally minded pharmacists by enabling students and faculty members to have a meaningful impact on a global scale.


The Office of Global Engagement

Stephen Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A.

Associate Dean, Global Engagement
Clinical Associate Professor
(919) 962-0071


David Steeb, Pharm.D., MPH

David Steeb, Pharm.D., is a clinical assistant professor and director of global engagement at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry and biology from the University of Miami and his Doctor of Pharmacy from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.