Social Justice and Diversity in Pharmacy Curricula

Danielle Carr Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Chad Knoderer Butler University
Social justice and diversity (SJD) topics continue to be integrated into higher education curricula. This education is vital for student pharmacists as pharmacists will nearly always be engaging with SJD issues faced by their patients such as opioid crisis, women’s health, and care access and cost. Narrowing gaps in health disparities between communities remains complicated but learning more about issues effecting all populations is important for optimal patient outcomes. The objective of this study was to assess how much SJD-focused education pharmacy students are receiving within pharmacy curricula throughout colleges of pharmacy in the United States. A voluntary, anonymous survey was distributed to assistant/associate deans of pharmacy programs. Questions included demographics and whether there were SJD courses, electives, or experiences available and/or required for students. Participants were also asked about perceptions towards SJD education for student pharmacists. There were 35 responses to the survey. Only 27% have an SJD requirement while 80% have SJD options available to students; mostly in the form of a co-curricular (91%) or course option (64%). For programs with the requirement, 100% of SJD education was through the pharmacy program rather than general university, and requirements ranged from 1-2 credit hours. Approximately 77% of assistant/associate deans reported feeling that SJD issues matter to pharmacists but 70% of the associated schools do not have an SJD requirement. Most pharmacy programs lack SJD specific requirements, yet respondents believe this education is important and most programs have options available for students.
Pharmacy, Health Sciences, & Exercise Science
Oral Presentation

When & Where

01:45 PM
Pharmacy & Health Sciences 212