A mixed-methods analysis of a collaborative online international pharmacy course

Authors

  • Rory E. Kim University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2129-4840
  • Terry D. Church University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Manjunath Ghate Nirma University, Ahmedabad, India
  • Mayur Patel Nirma University, Ahmedabad, India
  • Tejal Mehta Nirma University, Ahmedabad, India
  • Mehul Naik Nirma University, Ahmedabad, India
  • Terrence F. Graham University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Ian S. Haworth University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3873-0899

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.814822

Keywords:

Diabetes, Didactic, Intercultural, Internationalisation, Online

Abstract

Background: Participation in international experiences can promote personal and professional growth, but students in schools of pharmacy may face barriers in pursuing overseas experiences.

Objectives: The objectives of this report are to describe the design, implementation, and student perceptions of an online course co-taught by two schools of pharmacy in different countries for students at both institutions.

Methods: The course was established through an ongoing partnership between the universities and was focused on diabetes based on mutual interest and expertise. The course was offered in a three-hour period weekly using short lectures, small group discussions and projects.

Results: Cross-cultural learning was emphasised by forming student groups with representation from both universities. In a post-course survey and reflection, students reported gaining new knowledge, perspectives, and transferable skills as a result of the international nature of the course.

Conclusion: The online international course broadened students’ views of pharmacists’ roles and strengthened the partnership between the two universities.

Author Biographies

Rory E. Kim, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States

School of Pharmacy

Terry D. Church, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States

School of Pharmacy

Manjunath Ghate, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, India

Institute of Pharmacy

Mayur Patel, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, India

Institute of Pharmacy

Tejal Mehta, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, India

Institute of Pharmacy

Mehul Naik, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, India

Institute of Pharmacy

Terrence F. Graham, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States

School of Pharmacy

Ian S. Haworth, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States

School of Pharmacy

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2022-10-01

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Kim, R. E., Church, T. D., Ghate, M., Patel, M., Mehta, T., Naik, M., Graham, T. F., & Haworth, I. S. (2022). A mixed-methods analysis of a collaborative online international pharmacy course. Pharmacy Education, 22(1). https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.814822

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