For more than 10 years the College of Pharmacy has been offering an annual Travel Study Program. The program provides students with an overview, understanding, and appreciation for pharmaceutical and medical practices practiced outside of the United States. It also provides an opportunity for students to participate in experiences with public health and health care professionals, promotes inter-professional collaboration, and allows students to advocate for the pharmacy profession. Programs include visits to local pharmacies, hospitals, industries, governmental agencies, and much more.
Travel Study programs are led by NSU College of Pharmacy faculty members and take place during the summer semester, with the travel portion lasting an average of three weeks. Students earn three elective credits that are part of the Pharm.D. curriculum and the program is open to students from other accredited colleges and universities. The popular cultural component of each travel study program encompasses many aspects of cultural immersion including local food, art, history, museums, theatre, and the health care system of the country/region visited.
The College of Pharmacy offered a program in May through the beginning of June in China and Japan. Accepted students learned about the practice of traditional Chinese medicine. As part of the program, a three credit hour elective course was offered. Each year, the Travel Study Program is open to all students from U.S. accredited colleges of pharmacy.
Program topics included:
The history, culture, and use of Traditional Chinese Medicine
The healthcare system of China
Development and manufacture of Chinese medicines
The practices of acupuncture, moxibustion, and tuina
Pharmacy and Hospital Practice in China
Program visits included:
"Being able to have the opportunity to travel and study, as part of my pharmacy school experience at Nova Southeastern University, has been the highlight of my year. I was able to see different parts of the world, while also learning about medicine and having the chance to be culturally shocked by the differences when comparing Chinese medicine to Western medicine." - Reniel Nodarse ('22)
For more information on future programs, contact Brian Stonebraker, International Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured above: Elizabeth Shepherd, Pharm.D. (front left) with students visiting China in 2019.
2008 China, including Japan
2009 United Kingdom, including France
2010 China, including Japan
2012 Puerto Rico
2013 Slovakia, including the Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary
2015 Slovakia, including Italy
2017 Slovakia, including Italy