Global Health Education

The Faculty offers the following courses in global health:


PHM320H - The Power and Politics of Global Pharmaceutical Policy
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Elective Course

Dr. Jillian Clare Köhler

This course is designed for Pharmacy students who are interested in the critical analysis of global health policy and
 the interrelationship between global and domestic policy issues. The course will introduce students generally to the basic concepts and issues in global health with a particular focus on pharmaceutical policy. We will address key issues in global health and discuss core institutional and transnational actors, how governments in different jurisdictions manage public health responsibilities, the tension between economic imperatives and health objectives, global obligations, and pressure from special interest groups. More narrowly, we will analyse a breadth of complex policies questions. Examples include: the research and development global divide, political issues influences on pharmaceutical policy, how global commitments, such as membership in the World Trade Organization, conflict with or correspond to domestic policy directions and national sovereignty? And, what characterizes public policy processes? Guest speakers will lead some sessions. This course will consist of lectures, group discussion, case studies, and student led presentations.


PHM387H - Global Health
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Elective Course

Dr. Doret Cheng

This elective will introduce students to selected foundational competencies in global health education such as the global burden of disease, social and economic determinants of health, the globalization of health and healthcare, global health governance, human rights and equity.  Students will discuss practical and ethical challenges in delivering care in low-resource settings, describe tools and strategies to address the needs of specific vulnerable populations and examine cultural awareness and its importance in caring for diverse vulnerable populations. 


PHM461H – Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience – International/Global Health Non-Direct Patient Care

In the final year of the PharmD program, students participate in 36 weeks of experiential rotations. As part of the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience, students have the opportunity to participate in one five-week rotation in an international or global health setting.

This international experiential placement is designed for students who are interested in pharmacy practice in an international or global health setting. Students will gain an understanding of the various international, global, and domestic policies and regulations that shape health and pharmacy practice systems. Students will complete pre-departure orientation and requirements prior to travel. Note: Students must factor in travel costs for this rotation as financial aid may or may not be available.


In the past, international experiential education placements have included:

Community Pharmacy placements - Georgetown, Grand Cayman Island
This rotation provides students with the opportunity to work in two community pharmacies on Grand Cayman Island and learn from pharmacists educated in the Caribbean. As part of this rotation, students will be expected to counsel patients and deliver diabetes self-management education.

Intercultural Outreach Initiative (IOI) – Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Founded in 2006, the Intercultural Outreach Initiative (IOI) promotes conservation and community development through education. Operating in Puerto Villamil, Isabela, it connects international entities and academic institutions with local government bodies and organizations to support the development of community concepts and strategies that encourage good stewardship and participatory management of this unique natural and social environment.  For this 5-10 week placement, pharmacy students will work with local professionals in hospital or community pharmacy settings on Isabela Island, Galapagos.  Participants will be introduced to the practice of pharmacy in a developing nation and gain experience promoting good pharmacy practice and hospital pharmacy management in an underfunded system that aims to provide universal healthcare to its population. Students may participate in pharmacy responsibilities – purchasing, stock management, medication use, and assessing how to improve operations; assess patient medication management; provide support for Drug Utilization Reviews, other ongoing research projects and public health education.  Knowledge of Spanish is required.

Teaching and Education placements at the University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong
This rotation is designed to allow students to gain experience in providing pharmaceutical education to Year 1 to 3 pharmacy undergraduates at the University of Hong Kong. Students will be involved in providing lectures and running problem-based learning tutorial sessions in clinical pharmacy. Working as part of the teaching team, students will also be involved in curriculum planning and assessing the academic performance of undergraduate pharmacy students.

St. Mary's Hospital Lacor - Northern Uganda
This global health elective provides students with an opportunity to learn about pharmacy practice in rural Uganda. Selected PharmD students will be supervised by the local pharmacy manager and pharmacist.  Participants will be introduced to the practice of pharmacy in a developing country, experience first-hand and discuss topics such as the social determinants of health, access to medicines, rational drug use, corruption, strategies that weaken and strengthen health systems, and the realities of promoting standards of good pharmacy practice and hospital pharmacy management. Through rotation in the various areas of Lacor Hospital, students will have the opportunity to learn about clinical topics including major infectious diseases (TB, HIV/AIDS, pneumonia), malaria, maternal health services, malnutrition in children, nursing, and traditional healing in Uganda.

Ghana Health Team - Ghana Rural Integrated Development & Northern Empowerment Association - Northern Ghana
In addition to the placements listed above, students at the Faculty have also participated in other experiential rotations in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


PHM1124H - The Power and Politics of Global Pharmaceutical Policy
Graduate (MSc/PhD) Course
Dr. Jillian Clare Köhler

This course is designed for graduate students who are interested in studying pharmaceutical public policy at the global level and the interrelationship between global and domestic policy issues. The course will introduce students to the basic concepts and issues in global pharmaceutical policy with a particular focus on current issues and case studies. Core topics include research and development in the pharmaceutical system, new global institutions and global drug access, governance and corruption in the pharmaceutical system, and the role of civil society in global health policy. Enrollment is limited to 20 students to ensure maximum participation and discussion among participants. There are no prerequisites required for this course.


Collaborative Program on Global Health

The Collaborative Doctoral Program in Global Health at the University of Toronto is sponsored by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine.

The Collaborative Program on Global Health integrates methods and insights from the scholarly arenas of participating partners from the Centre for Global Health Research, Joint Centre for Bioethics, Munk School of Global Affairs, Centre for Health Services Sciences, and International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation, providing a vibrant intellectual community for doctoral students and research faculty to interact and learn from one another. Students in this program are encouraged to think critically about dominant paradigms and integrate academic research skills in an applied community or policy setting. Graduates of the program will have the skills to work effectively with trans-disciplinary, international teams.

Please click here to learn more about the Collaborative Program in Global Health.