Category: Practicum/Internships

WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies Pharmacoeconomics Department – Global Practicum Posting

March 20th, 2017 in Practicum/Internships

Global Practicum Posting

Agency:

WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies

Pharmacoeconomics Department

Gesundheit Österreich GmbH (GÖG / Austrian Public Health Institute)

Address/Contact Info/Website:

Stubenring 6

1010 Vienna

Austria, Europe

Contact: Dr Sabine Vogler, Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies, Head of Pharmacoeconomics Department

Websites:

whocc.goeg.at

www.goeg.at

Agency Description/Mission Statement:

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies is hosted at the Pharmacoeconomics Department of Gesundheit Österreich GmbH (GÖG) / Austrian Public Health Institute, a Vienna-based national research and planning institute for health care and a competence and funding centre of health promotion, based on a federal law, in the ownership of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs.

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies aims

 to provide scientific advice and technical assistance to WHO and its Member States / regions on performing and interpreting price surveys and comparisons; on understanding, collecting and analyzing pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement information and on the development of national reporting systems

 to further develop and refine the methodological framework to measure, compare and analyze pharmaceutical policies particularly related to pricing, reimbursement and rational use of medicines

 to assist in the organization of meetings of WHO Member States / regions in the field of pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement allowing for an exchange of information and experiences, to disseminate information on pharmaceutical policies (via websites, studies and network meetings), to offer trainings, seminars and further capacity-building activities at request of WHO and WHO Member States and to work on the development and promotion of a common understanding and language on pharmaceutical issues

BUSPH Global Health Practicum Postings

Practicum description/Scope of Work: (Describe the project(s) you would like the student to undertake.)

The student will be involved in a cross-country survey and comparative analysis of pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement policies. S/he will be asked

 to support data collection / data validation during a survey with competent authorities for pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement and

 to assist in the compilation and presentation of the data (production of graphs, tables, map, and draft texts for the report).

Furthermore, the student will be involved in preparatory tasks of the 2nd Summer School Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies organized by the WHO CC. S/he will be asked

 to support the production of training materials (e.g. case studies, reader) and

 to support in organizational issues before and during the WHO CC Summer School.

Minimum skills required/desired: (List preferred or required skills, e.g., language, research, knowledge, familiarity with particular population, etc.)

Required skills:

 Knowledge of the performance of cross-country comparisons

 Knowledge of descriptive research in health policy

 Analytical skills with attention to accuracy and detail

Preferred skills:

 Systematic literature review

 Graphic skills to design attractive presentation of results (e.g. graphs, map)

Optional:

 Knowledge of German is highly welcome (but not a prerequisite, the working language is English)

 Knowledge about pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement policies in Europe

Time / Dates of Availability: [Minimum or Maximum; needed lead time, if any]

Duration of three months: June to August 2017

Alternatively, a shorter stay can be discussed (minimum two months).

To apply: (Student can apply by submitting: CV, letter of interest, dates desired.)

Students who are interested in staying in Austria are invited to send their application to whocc@goeg.at.

Please include in the subject of the accompany email: BUSPH Practicum Application.

The application should contain a CV and a motivation letter, the arguments therein will be considered during the decision about acceptance. BUSPH Global Health Practicum Postings

Application deadline:

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The WHO CC will announce the decision about acceptance by 4 May 2017.

Number of students requested:

1 student

Logistics & Support: (Students are always appreciative for any support offered, such as: stipend, airport pickup, housing assistance (living with a family). An estimate of living expenses is helpful.)

The WHO CC offers to the student:

 A monthly allowance of Euro 608.-

 20 lunch vouchers per month worth of Euro 3.- each

 Airport pickup

 Information about housing options in Vienna

 Participation (including the involvement of some supportive tasks) in the WHO CC Summer School of Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies from 28 August 2017 – Friday, 1 September 2017 free of charge (the normal attendance fee would be Euro 1,400.- exempt VAT)

Contact Information of Field Supervisor and/or Hiring Coordinator:

Dr Sabine Vogler

sabine.vogler@goeg.at , whocc@goeg.at

T: +43 1 515 61-147

F: +43 1 513 84 72

www.goeg.at , http://whocc.goeg.at

Social Media Practicum Opportunity in Cape Town, South Africa for Summer 2017

March 8th, 2017 in Practicum/Internships

Are you expert in the use of social media, making web pages and writing news stories and updates? If you are, the University of the Western Cape (UWC) Pharmaceuticals program needs you this summer.

The Pharmaceuticals program at UWC presents short courses in July on Rational Use of Medicines and on Supply Chain Management as well as Online Distance Learning courses on the same topics for the MPH program. In addition, multiple research projects in the region are undertaken by Masters and PhD students. Finally faculty and staff from the School support a Center of Excellence in Rwanda develop a distance learning program in Health Supply Chain Management. For more information about the Pharmaceutical Public Health program go to https://www.uwc.ac.za/Faculties/CHS/soph/Pages/PHARMACEUTICAL-PUBLIC-HEALTH.aspx

In the past students, from BUSPH Global Health have spent their summer practicum helping with the short courses, visiting primary health care centers and participating in other Pharmaceutical Track activities. See http://www.bu.edu/sph/2016/07/18/learning-by-assistant-teaching-in-south-africa/

This year they need someone to help them develop their social media presence and to build contacts with past alumnae across sub-Saharan Africa. While being involved in the pharmaceutical certificate at BUSPH would be an advantage having expertise in social media is the most important qualification.

If you are interested please see or contact Professor Richard Laing (richardl@bu.edu) Tel 617 435 7860 who has just returned from South Africa. Financial support for travel and local accommodation may be available

Global Health Fellows Program II Pharmacy Intern

February 6th, 2017 in News, Postings, and Announcements, Practicum/Internships

Global Health Fellows Program II
Pharmacy Intern

Supply Chain for Health Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development


Anticipated timeframe: April 2017 – July 2017: Compensated 3 month internship
Location: Washington, DC/Arlington, VA
INT-P6-009

The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

GHFP-II’s goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by addressing the Agency’s immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement and support of diverse health professionals at the junior, mid and senior levels. These program participants include fellows, interns, corporate volunteers and Foreign Service National professionals. The program then provides substantial performance management and career development support to participants, including annual working planning assistance, and ensures that professional development opportunities are available.

Looking to the future, GHFP-II also seeks to establish a pool of highly-qualified global health professionals that will ensure the Agency’s ongoing technical leadership and effectiveness. This objective is supported by an extensive outreach program that brings global health opportunities and specialized career advice to a diverse range of interested individuals, with a particular focus on those underrepresented in the field of global health.   

 

BACKGROUND:

In cooperation with the US Department of State’s Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator, other US Government (USG) partners, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations, USAID provides global technical leadership on the full range of issues related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment; manages numerous research and field support programs; and monitors the impact of the Agency’s HIV/AIDS programs. In this endeavor, USAID works very closely with a range of USG agencies involved in the fight against AIDS, such as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Defense and Peace Corps. More information about the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) may be found at http://www.usaid.gov/what-we-do/global-health.

USAID procures and distributes over $1B in health pharmaceuticals and supplies every year and invests over $200M annually to strengthen supply chains in developing countries. Pharmacists offer a unique perspective to solving problems in the global health arena that pertain to medication access, treatment, supply chain, and regulatory affairs. As USAID has robust programs addressing multiple diseases and conditions in over 80 countries, this Agency is uniquely positioned to expose future global health pharmacists to a rich experience in terms of global implementation of health interventions and science, operations, and policy drafting.  

 

INTRODUCTION:

The Supply Chain for Health (SCH) Division within the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) in the Bureau for Global Health is seeking a Pharmacy Intern to assist the Technical Branch. Several pharmacist activities include (1) supporting two countries with the introduction of new pediatric ARV formulations; (2) assisting in revising/updating an essential medicines strategy; (3) creating a tool to monitor stock status and coordinating order placement in multi-donor funded countries.  The Intern will work closely with the Pharmaceutical Advisor as his/her onsite manager.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Articulating the role of a pharmacist with regards to quality assurance monitoring of health commodities.
  • Gaining exposure to global implementation of health interventions.
  • Gaining a greater understanding of USAID and the use of science, operations and policy drafting in a complex organizational environment.

 

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supporting the development of an approach and process for the roll-out of novel pediatric formulation in two countries.
  • Coordinating the synthesizing of findings from multiple cost of production studies into user-friendly materials for supply chain advisers.
  • Supporting the formulation of an essential medicines strategy to inform strategic sourcing for the Bureau for Global Health.
  • Supporting the development of a methodology for the coordination of health commodities order from multiple donors.
  • Supporting the coordination of drafting of technical briefs for multiple audiences.
  • Reviewing literature to understand phase III clinical trial and implications for new product introduction.
  • Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on organizational and programming need and/or the Intern’s own interests.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Currently enrolled in a Doctor of Pharmacy degree program or international equivalent (e.g. MPharm, etc.); or, completion of such within the past 12 months.
  • Prior experience or demonstrated passion for working in global public health, community health, and/or in disease management preferred.
  • Strong understanding of infectious diseases preferred.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

 

COMPENSATION:

$2,068 bi-weekly (exempt, salaried position).

 

TO APPLY:

Detailed information, including an online application and instructions, is available on our website at www.ghfp.net. All applications must be submitted by February 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm eastern time.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA Employer.

Practicum Opportunity at the School of Public Health University of Western Cape South Africa

January 30th, 2017 in News, Postings, and Announcements, Practicum/Internships

Background

Since 2014, faculty and MPH students have regularly visited the University of Western Cape (UWC) for varying periods. The most frequent visitor has been Prof Richard Laing who works with Dr Hazel Bradley on Pharmaceutical Public Health issues. Two MPH students, Chris Noble in 2015 and Selam Hailu in 2016  did their practicums in the summer at UWC. The Dean, Sandro Gallea and Prof Don Thea visited in late 2015 and Prof Andrew Stokes and Prof David Rosenbloom will be visiting in February 2017.

Practicum Description

During a three month period from May to August the BU MPH student would participate in a range of activities including some or all of the following:

  • Participate and assist in the two short pharmaceutical public health related courses which occur during the 2017 Winter School. These would be on Promoting Rational Medicine Use (3-7 July) and Supply Chain Management (10 to 14 July).
    • This would include matching the hard copy course materials with the soft copy version of the course materials.
    • Facilitate group works in Medicines Supply Chain Management and Rational Medicines Use winter classes.
    • Provide input for the Medicines Supply Management Course, e.g doing simulations in class to help students who have no experience in the work of medicines supply chain  to get a feel of the work on the ground.
    • Manage the evaluation process for the courses
    • Develop a course report for each of the courses
  • Work together with Mr. Wolde Amde and others at UWC on updating the school’s website related to pharmaceutical public health and maybe adding other relevant sections to make it more informative and timely.
  • Work with Mr Wolde Amde on incorporating Pharmaceutical Public Health related materials into the existing social media sites
  • Create a pharmaceutical public health short and long course alumni contact list that could be incorporated in the school’s website
  • Visit health facilities and pharmacies in Cape Town
  • Visit chronic dispensing unit (CDU) if possible to arrange
  • Attend SOPH Public Lectures and regular SOPH Journal Club during practicum
  • Possibly work with UWC students undertaking research related to pharmaceutical public health topics. This might include assisting with proposal development, literature reviews, data collection, data cleaning etc. This activity would depend on the stage at which students are in doing their research work.

Apply to

Dr Hazel Bradley BPharm, MPH, PhD, Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, South Africa at hbradley@uwc.ac.za . Early applications are encouraged as some students may need to apply for visas.

Additional Information

For additional information contact Prof Richard Laing at richardl@bu.edu or Selam Hailu at selamh@bu.edu

See Winter School web site at https://www.uwc.ac.za/Faculties/CHS/soph/Pages/Winter-School.aspx

Pharmaceutical Public Health at UWC at https://www.uwc.ac.za/Faculties/CHS/soph/Pages/PHARMACEUTICAL-PUBLIC-HEALTH.aspx

Public Citizen Internships, Washington D.C.

September 26th, 2016 in News, Postings, and Announcements, Practicum/Internships

Internship – Global Access to Medicines Program

Public Citizen is now accepting applications for internships at its Washington, D.C. – Dupont Circle office. Internships are unpaid, though we are happy to support applications for academic credit or other pursuits.

Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines Program works with partners worldwide to improve health outcomes and save lives, through use of pharmaceutical cost-lowering measures including generic competition. We support civil society groups and public agencies with analysis and technical assistance to help overcome patent-based and other drug monopolies. Our work challenges Big Pharma’s economic and political power. See:www.citizen.org/access.

We are looking for well-organized interns to work closely with the Program Director on a number of coalition building, analysis and research projects to improve public policy and expand global access to medicines.

Issues include, but are not limited to:

  • “Free trade” agreements
  • Compulsory licensing of pharmaceutical patents
  • Leveraging US Government-funded biomedical research
  • Anti-falsification/counterfeiting policy
  • Description (responsibilities vary according to the intern’s prior experience):
  • Maintain and improve program website and social media communications.
  • Research policy, legislative and regulatory issues.
  • Communicate with partners worldwide.
  • Draft memos or external materials.
  • Make recommendations and collaborate on team projects.
  • Participate in conferences and report back on relevant meetings taking place in Washington.
  • Support the Program Director as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to public interests including public health.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Proficiency in computing and/or social media preferred.
  • Foreign language skills, especially Spanish, helpful, but not required.
  • Subject matter experience with access to medicines, patents, public or global health, law, medicine, cancer, HIV/AIDS, pharmaceutical economics, biotech helpful but not required.
  • Applicants interested in intellectual property and related issues more broadly are encouraged to apply.
  • Organizing or campaigning experience helpful but not required.

How to Apply:

Applicants should send a note of interest, resume and one or two writing samples to medsaccess@citizen.org  with “internship application” in the subject line. The note of interest may be in the body of an email (attachments are also fine), should be quite brief, and should indicate the applicant’s chief interests and availability (full- or part-time and dates).  Writing samples should be five pages or less and may cover any subject. We prefer writing samples which have not been edited by anyone other than the applicant. If this is not the case, please include a note saying so. No phone calls please. Women, people of color, and multilingual speakers are encouraged to apply.

Opportunities at Quintiles

July 11th, 2016 in Jobs, News, Postings, and Announcements, Practicum/Internships

Clinical Trials Assistant Full-time or Internship openings

Description

Quintiles pioneered the idea of helping pharma companies conduct objective clinical trials to establish not only whether a drug is effective, but who can take it safely. Our customers have relied on us to design and conduct rigorous clinical research for decades, from small studies to multinational mega-trials. However, we continue to develop new ways of interpreting and evaluating data that allow us to create more effective trials and determine outcomes faster. If that is your passion, we have a place for you.

The Clinical Trials Assistant (CTA) will support the clinical project team in the following areas: accurately update and maintain clinical systems within project timelines;  prepare, handle, distribute, file, and archive clinical documentation and reports; review of study files periodically for accuracy and completeness; prepare, handle and distribute of Clinical Trial Supplies and maintenance of tracking information; track and manage Case Report Forms (CRFs), queries and clinical data flow.   May act as a central contact for the clinical team for designated project communications, correspondence and associated documentation.   Perform administrative tasks to support team members with clinical trial execution as needed.

Qualifications

School diploma/certificate or educational equivalent; or equivalent combination of education, training and experience; BS/BA preferred;

  • Must possess a general knowledge of applicable clinical research regulatory requirements; including GCP and ICH guidelines.
  • Strong Computer skills including proficiency in use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Effective time management and organizational skills.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in work.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Knowledge of applicable protocol requirements (as provided in company training).

If interested send your me resume, cover letter, and contact information to Kelly Heuer at knheuer@bu.edu.

Spark Therapeutics Practicum Opportunity

July 11th, 2016 in News, Postings, and Announcements, Practicum/Internships

JOB TYPE:  Intern

Career Level: Intern                                                                                                                                     Education: Master’s in Public Health
Location: Waltham, Massachusetts (Car is required)                                                                                      Start Date: September 1

Title:  Spark Therapeutics Practicum Opportunity

Reporting to:  Head, Global Patient Advocacy

About Spark:

Transforming Patient’s LivesSpark Therapeutics is a pioneering gene therapy leader transforming the lives of patients suffering from debilitating genetic diseases by developing one-time, life-altering treatments. We are embarking on our goal to deliver the first approved gene therapy product in the US for genetic blinding conditions and have a product pipeline addressing other unmet rare genetic diseases.

Responsibilities:

The goal of this internship is to provide a Boston University Master’s of Public Health graduate student with experience initiating and developing disease awareness strategy and processes for Inherited Retinal Disease initiatives. The individual who performs this role will work cross functionally with Commercial, Patient Advocacy, Medical Affairs and Legal/Compliance. This role will work with Patient Advocacy as the Company conducts an assessment of possible partners in the state sponsored blind support services arena.   Under the supervision of the Head, Global Patient Advocacy, this role will:

  • At the direction of the Head of Global Patient Advocacy, help identify new potential partners for Spark and retinal disease awareness programs/campaigns;
  • Have the opportunity to interact with select company management, including Commercial, Medical Affairs and Legal/Compliance;
  • Assist in conducting a landscape assessment of all 50 states and their: Schools for the blind, Early Intervention Services for the Visually Impaired, and low vision service offerings for patients and compile into a single source of information. In addition, assess how services are accessed by families;
  • Explore Teachers for the Visually Impaired groups, conferences, and opportunities to potentially collaborate with Spark on family education and genetic testing initiative; and
  • Present the results of research and proposed opportunities at the culmination of the Practicum.

Requirements:

  • Pharm Certificate Student (interest in patient services, marketing, or advocacy preferred)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Related Field, Master’s Degree in Public Health in process or completed
  • Experience with collating data in a digestible, logical way
  • Familiarity with non-profit organizations and/or local health services
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must have personal computer to use
  • Part Time Opportunity 10-15 hours per week

Interested applicants should send their resume/CV with a cover letter to Jaime Ring at Jamie.Ring@sparktx.com.

Internship Opportunities at Jon Snow, Inc.

June 3rd, 2016 in News, Postings, and Announcements, Practicum/Internships

SI has internship opportunities for students and recent graduates who would like to learn about public health work in both in the United States and in international settings.

There are many different types of internships at JSI that allow students to gain insight into public health programs—or business operations, IT, and communications. JSI staff work closely with each intern to ensure that they have a fulfilling experience and contribute to the organization’s daily work in a meaningful way.

JSI interns are also asked to write about their internships. Read about recent internship experiences by JSI interns.

JSI does not have a set internship recruiting or placement schedule. Internships occur at all times during the year and are largely driven by individual projects’ needs. Please check the website frequently for updates.

Review opportunities at http://jsi.com/JSIInternet/Careers/internships.cfm.

Internship Opportunity for this SUMMER! Policy Development with Gavi in Geneva

May 24th, 2016 in News, Postings, and Announcements, Practicum/Internships

Students! If you are seeking a internship or practicum this summer, consider applying for the opening at Gavi in Geneva as an intern for policy development.

For more details and instructions to apply, click here.

Internship with MSH’s Pharmaceuticals and Health Technologies Group

May 9th, 2016 in News, Postings, and Announcements, Practicum/Internships

Student interested in interning with Management Sciences for Health’s (MSH) Pharmaceuticals and Health Technologies Group (PHT) should contact Kiley Workman at kworkman@msh.org. Interns with PHT are all located in the Washington D.C. area office in Arlington, Virginia.

PHT Internship Program overview

  • Abides by all the MSH and local HR policies as described above.
  • PHT interns are typically MPH or PharmD candidates, though other degree types are welcome to apply.
  • PHT interns must have an interest in access to medicines and medicines management. Students with more general global health interests are encouraged to apply for other MSH internship opportunities on the MSH Careers website.
  • All PHT internships are located in our Washington, DC-area office in Arlington, Virginia. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
  • PHT intern projects are customized to meet both the needs of the project/center and to fully engage the student. Project assignments vary widely and encompass all areas of global pharmaceutical management, and generally involve a literature review and/or data analysis. Some recent projects include:
    • Comparative mapping of essential medicines for chronic non-communicable diseases
    • Literature search of approaches and pharmacovigilance of mass drug administration programs for neglected tropical diseases and seasonal malaria chemoprevention
    • Identification of supply chain management-related indicators across all SIAPS intermediate results
  • PHT interns are encouraged to take advantage of all that MSH and the DC-area have to offer. Meetings with MSH experts with other specialties (for example, malaria, maternal health, supply chain, etc.) are encouraged, as well as visits at other public health institutions in the DC area (time and resources permitting).
  • All PHT interns are required to present their findings in a brown bag presentation to MSH staff.