June 18 - July 1, 2019
(Depart from U.S.A. - Depart from host country)
This course will allow pharmacy and pre-pharmacy students to explore the pharmacy and healthcare systems of Japan. Students will learn how Japanese history and culture influences healthcare today through lectures and visits to cultural sites and museums. Discussions about current healthcare systems will be amplified by visits to practice sites, such as hospitals and community pharmacies. Current healthcare systems of Japan and the USA will be compared and contrasted. Students will have the opportunity to develop their thoughts about the future of American healthcare through discussion and debate.
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- Experience Japanese culture through excursions to cultural sights and museums in Tokyo
- Tour hospitals and community and institutional pharmacies throughout Japan
- Guest lectures on the Japanese healthcare system and traditional Japanese medicine
This program is open only to graduate students in the College of Pharmacy or undergraduate pre-pharmacy students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions or UK Graduate School Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program director prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.
UK Faculty-Directed programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
- Undergraduates will enroll in PPS 104: International Healthcare Experience (3 credit hours). Graduate students will enroll in PPS 971: Pharmacy Practice and Healthcare in Japan (3 credit hours)
- Undergraduate students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour)
Housing & Meals
Students will reside in an extended-stay hotel for the duration of their stay in Tokyo. Cultural site visits may include a group meal, but students will be responsible for the cost of all other meals on their own.
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Costs and Budget" information page. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.