Building a Global Health Agenda Here at Home

Published on 11 May 2020

After joining the faculty at St. Louis College of Pharmacy last fall, Giovanni Pauletti, M.Pharm., Ph.D., Gustavus and Henry Pfeiffer Endowed Chair in Pharmacy and professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences, has begun work to build global health offerings at the College.

“For a school with a long tradition in training pharmacists and health care providers, the idea of participating in and even influencing a global agenda is very exciting,” Pauletti stated. “Other institutions in the region have centers with global activities in a variety of areas. After reviewing the activities they are engaged in, I started to think about what more we could be doing in that arena.”

Global health practitioners work across disciplines and industries to find universal solutions to create healthier societies. These unique experiences can help students learn to innovate in a changing world.

“Engagement within the global health community really promotes learning through exposure, which is a great training opportunity for students,” Pauletti said. “It broadens their horizons and helps them to implement new ideas in their local community.”

Just before Pauletti arrived at the College, a new Master of Science in Global Health and Equity was approved and will be offered beginning fall 2021, pending accreditation. Designed to develop graduates into interdisciplinary thinkers who address issues that affect health locally and globally, the program will broaden the scope of careers and paths that students can pursue after graduation.

“The world is changing, and in order to make meaningful contributions around us, whether it is locally or abroad, we need to adapt the way we train and educate the next generation,” Pauletti explained. “Other institutions, even those who do a lot with global health, do not offer a specific global health degree. Through this program, we will provide a degree that can be recognized by future employers as formative training. It will provide students with a unique opportunity to build on the tools and skills they have developed, while exposing them to experiences they wouldn’t get elsewhere.”

To complement the academic experiences being created, Pauletti recognized an opportunity for the College to take a leading role in global health conversations creating the Center for Global Health and Equity.

The center will have an institutional presence collaborating with faculty from the College’s School of Pharmacy and School of Arts and Sciences, as well as surrounding institutions with robust global health opportunities.

“The College is in a strategic position to be an influential partner in global health discussions,” Pauletti said. “Pharmacists or pharmacy-trained individuals can contribute in so many ways when their training is combined with a global health background. They can be a driving force of positive change around the world.”

Through new programming and the creation of the center, the College is poised to be a leader across the region and throughout the world.

“Everyone involved in global health is passionate about making a difference in a positive way,” Pauletti explained. “Sometimes you can’t change the world alone, but you can help move the dial a little in the right direction. I think these new initiatives will help get us closer to that goal.”

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This story was first published in the spring 2020 issue of Script magazine. To read past issues of the magazine, visit the Script magazine archive.


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