A Public Health Pharmacy Course at a Malaysian Pharmacy School

Hassali, Mohamed Azmi, Shafie, Asrul Akmal, Awaisu, Ahmed , Mohamed Ibrahim, Mohamed Izham and Ahmed, Syed Imran (2009) A Public Health Pharmacy Course at a Malaysian Pharmacy School. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 73 (7). p. 136. ISSN 0002-9459

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To develop and implement a new course on public health into the bachelor of pharmacy (BPharm) curriculum in Malaysia.
A required 2-credit-hour course was designed to provide an overview of public health pharmacy roles and the behavioral aspects of human healthcare issues. Graded activities included nursing home visits, in-class quizzes, mini-projects, and poster sessions, and a comprehensive final examination.
The majority of the students performed well on the class activities and 93 (71.5%) of the 130 students enrolled received a grade of B or higher. A Web-based survey was administered at the end of the semester and 90% of students indicated that they had benefited from the course and were glad that it was offered. The majority of students agreed that the course made an impact in preparing them for their future role as pharmacists and expanded their understanding of the public health roles of a pharmacist.
A public health pharmacy course was successfully designed and implemented in the BPharm curriculum. This study highlighted the feasibilities of introducing courses that are of global relevance into a Malaysian pharmacy curriculum. The findings from the students' evaluation suggest the needs to incorporate a similar course in all pharmacy schools in the country and will be used as a guide to improve the contents and methods of delivery of the course at our school.

Keywords:public health, curriculum, Malaysia
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B200 Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy
Divisions:College of Science > School of Pharmacy
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