Certificate in Rural Health

This certificate program is designed to give Pharm.D. students a concentration in both rural health science and the practice of rural healthcare.  Students who complete this program will have a better understanding of the health challenges and opportunities in rural communities as well as a better ability to improve health of patients and populations within these communities. Very generally, “rural” can be defined as less densely populated geographic areas; this program introduces students to the more specific definitions of rural that are used by the U.S. federal government and other organizations.

Mission

This mission of this certificate program is to produce Pharm.D. graduates who are equipped with the knowledge and experience needed to thrive as a pharmacist working in rural settings.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe basic concepts in rural health science, including measurement, methods, and testing solutions to rural health problems.
  • Analyze rural health issues and make evidence-based recommendations for improvement.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of rural health issues in rural pharmacy practice settings.
  • Apply the knowledge of rural health science to real-world healthcare and community settings.
  • Integrate the knowledge from courses in the certificate program and apply this knowledge to enhance patient care in advanced experiential rotations.
  • Identify and demonstrate ability to implement solutions to rural health problems.

Criteria

  • Must have completed P1 (first year) in the Pharm.D. program with a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better to remain in the certificate program
  • Must not be on probation

Admissions

To apply, please submit a brief letter of interest (one page or less) to pharmacy@hawaii.edu by September 17, 2018. Letters of interest will be reviewed and selected applicants will be notified of acceptance via email.

Accepted students are responsible for working with the program coordinator to ensure rural APPE sites.