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Inclusion of Public Health in the Pharm Curriculum in the United Kingdom: Content Analysis

Version 1 : Received: 1 November 2018 / Approved: 2 November 2018 / Online: 2 November 2018 (10:34:46 CET)

How to cite: Agomo, C.; Portlock, J.; Ogunleye, J. Inclusion of Public Health in the Pharm Curriculum in the United Kingdom: Content Analysis. Preprints 2018, 2018110050 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201811.0050.v1). Agomo, C.; Portlock, J.; Ogunleye, J. Inclusion of Public Health in the Pharm Curriculum in the United Kingdom: Content Analysis. Preprints 2018, 2018110050 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201811.0050.v1).

Abstract

1) Public health remains a tiny portion of the undergraduate pharmacy curriculum and the material is integrated into other modules. The objective of this study is to describe the UK undergraduate pharmacy curriculum, including its public health content; 2) Methods: A qualitative method (content analysis of websites) was used to describe the UK undergraduate pharmacy curriculum and teaching and learning policy. This involved selecting relevant concepts and then quantifying their presence and the relationships between them. The NVivo software was used to carry out ‘group queries’ and visualisation of results; 3) Results: Public health remains an optional module in the curricula of many UK schools of pharmacy. Several public health-related topics are often integrated into other modules, but UK undergraduate pharmacy curricula are still dominated by traditional pharmacy modules; and 4) Conclusions: Most of the curricula analysed were dominated by traditional pharmacy modules designed to enhance students' knowledge and skills. The skill set of UK pharmacy students with respect to macro-level public health activities needs to be improved in order to enhance pharmacists’ contribution to public health.

Subject Areas

patient care; pharmacists; pharmacy curriculum; pharmacy education; public health; qualitative method

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