International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 39, Issue 6, pp 1141–1144 | Cite as

Addressing the global need for public health clinical pharmacists through student pharmacist education: a focus on developing nations

  • Miranda G. LawEmail author
  • Prosper Maposa
  • David R. Steeb
  • Gregory Duncan


It is time for pharmacists to begin advancing their roles in public health and play a more integral part in public health initiatives. Within developed nations, the profession has demonstrated its value in advancing preventive care; however, the same cannot be said for pharmacists worldwide. Emphasis on training public health pharmacists should also be on developing nations, where the need for preventive care is highly unmet. To ensure all graduating pharmacists are prepared to engage in public health activities, education in this field must be provided during their main years of pharmacy school. In conclusion, public health education should be incorporated into pharmacy curriculae within developing nations so all pharmacy graduates are prepared to engage in public health activities.


Pharmacist roles Preventive health care Public health Public health education Sustainable Development Goals 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miranda G. Law
    • 1
    Email author
  • Prosper Maposa
    • 2
  • David R. Steeb
    • 1
  • Gregory Duncan
    • 3
  1. 1.UNC Eshelman School of PharmacyChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.UZ School of PharmacyUniversity of ZimbabweHarareZimbabwe
  3. 3.Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health SciencesMelbourneAustralia

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