Special Programs

Pharmaceuticals Program

The Pharmaceuticals Program is available to Master of Public Health students who are interested in careers in or related to the pharmaceutical industry including employment settings such as pharmaceutical/biotech companies, pharmaceutical benefit management companies, consulting firms, state, federal or international agencies that interface with the pharmaceutical industry, or service delivery organizations (NGOs) that may be involved in public health programs that focus on pharmaceuticals.

The Pharmaceuticals Program is a unique educational experience. Students enrolled in the Program will learn what drugs are, how they work, how they are tested and developed and their safety monitored, how formularies are derived, and how drugs are licensed and regulated domestically and in international contexts. In addition, students acquire skills in pharmacoepidemiology, cost effectiveness analysis, project management, and how to develop and manage a formulary and a pharmaceutical supply chain. Additional analytic skills include approaches for addressing critical issues in the management of pharmaceuticals including health outcomes and quality of life, and prescribing patterns of providers.

The Pharmaceuticals Program includes a range of coursework to give students an exposure to contemporary problems from both domestic and global perspectives and prepares students for positions in both the public and private sectors in federal and state government agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, contracting research organizations, and international agencies.

For more course and program information, review the program requirements and program website.

Program in Global Health Practice (PGHP) in the Philippines

The Program in Global Health Practice (PGHP) in the Philippines provides MPH students with the opportunity to fulfill the field practice requirement, by spending the summer (May – August; 12-weeks) at the College of Public Health, University of the Philippines Manila (CPH-UPM) participating in two field-based courses (on Parasitology and Community Health Financing) and intern with a local, national or international organization in the Philippines, to take on a public health project or assist in faculty research.

This 6-credit program is particularly appropriate for Global Health concentrators but may also appeal to concentrators in other departments. It combines three essential parts of your global health education: gain living experience in a developing country, earn 6 Global Health credits; and fulfill the field practice requirement. For more details, see: http://www.bu.edu/sph/philippines

SFS Kenya Field Practicum in Public Health and the Environment

The Kenya Field Practicum in Public Health and the Environment is five-week course in Kenya focusing on environmental and community health as it relates to the indigenous Maasai residing at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. The Maasai community faces many new health challenges resulting in part from a recent shift from nomadic pastoralism to semi-sedentary pastoralism. This change in lifestyle has been associated with a rise in sanitation-related and water-borne diseases, infant and childhood diseases, and HIV/AIDS. Data will be collected and analyzed to illuminate issues and programs in Maassailand. Results of the data collection and analysis will be presented to local Maasai Leaders and other stakeholders.

Successful completion of this 6-credit program meets the MPH practicum requirement for eligible BUSPH students. Because the program integrates fieldwork, data collection, analysis, findings and a final presentation to the community, there is no additional practicum process required.

For more information on the SFS Kenya Program and directions on how to apply, visit the website.