Pivoting an international experience preparation course during the COVID-19 pandemic

Innovation in teaching delivery or learning technology


  • E. Schellhase Purdue University
  • M. Miller Purdue University




Global Health, Cultural Humility, Virtual Learning


This case study describes the adaptation of a small group interactive course, originally designed to prepare student pharmacists for an international Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE), to a hybrid virtual course designed to prepare students to work across cultures and in many different professional environments. As the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic impacted planned international experiences, a strategic pivot in delivery and content was necessary. The course content was changed to enhance student skills in cross cultural communication and humility, working through conflict, personal emotion regulation, and appropriately engaging with other cultures.


Karwa, R., Miller, M., Schellhase, E., Tran, D., Imran, M., Njuguna, B., Fletcher, S., Kanyi, J., Maina, M., Jakait, B., Kigen, G., Kipyegon, V., Arusa W., Crowe, S., & Pastakia, S.D. (2020) Evaluating the impact of a 15-year academic partnership to promote sustainable engagement, education, and scholarship in global health. Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, 1– 12. https://doi.org/10.1002/jac5.1249

Schellhase E., Miller M., Ogallo W., & Pastakia S. (2013). Pharmaceutical Care in Kenya: An Elective Course. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 77(3), 63-67. https://doi.org/10.5688/ajpe77360

Weatherman K., Schellhase E., Miller M., & Al-Emran F. (2019). Assessment of intercultural learning within an advanced pharmacy practice experience in London. 79th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Available at: https://www.fip.org/abstracts?page=abstracts&action=item&item=21436





COVID-19 Case Study