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College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


Please check back in June for the 2019 program details. Below is an outline of our 2018 program:

Spring 2018 Dean's International Opportunities Program

At St John’s we value our students’ unfaltering commitment to success, and in an effort to congratulate you on your academic achievements, we are not only offering you an opportunity of a lifetime, but we are picking up much of the tab on the “abroad” portion as well!

As one of our best and brightest students in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, we are inviting you to immerse yourself in all things Roman, and in doing so, experience Rome as you never thought possible. The Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Russell J. DiGate, Ph.D., is excited to announce the spring 2018 Dean’s International Opportunities Program where 25 carefully selected College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Fifth and Sixth year students will have the chance to spend one week in Rome, Italy learning about the leaders of the Vatican, Italy and the pharmacy profession.

Aside from academic experience at the center of this highly competitive program, the best part is, students selected to participate in the program will only be required to pay a $500 program fee and their airfare to and from Rome – nearly all other expenses are funded by the scholarship.

*NB: Tuition for entry-level Pharm D majors will be included in your normal semester tuition bill as long as you meet full-time student status (12 to 18 credits).

Course Offerings:

PHR 6103 Leadership Development in Pharmacy Practice*

This professional elective course provides leadership, professionalism and political advocacy development for pharmacy students. Students explore how they can become better leaders and advocates of change within the profession. Through the use of interactive lecture, self assessment exercies and group projects, students gain an understanding of leadership theory and advocacy skills that will be applied to current health care and pharmacy practice issues. Credit: 3 semester hours (5th years)


PHR 5404/08/09/10 Elective I/II/III/IV Clerkship* 

This rotation will introduce the student to a specialized area of pharmacy practice. This area may be selected according to the student's interest or an area of medicine in need of further emphasis. This rotation may involve direct interaction with patients, may involve managerial aspects of pharmacy practice or research pertaining to pharmacy practice. Credit: 3 semester hours (6th years)


In addition to touring historical landmarks in Rome including pharmacies, students will be exposed to  a variety of leaders including Pharmacy Associations, Pharmaceutical companies, Hospital Pharmacies, Academic Institutions, and participation in a general papal audience.  

Faculty Leader: Joseph M. Brocavich, Pharm. D – Senior Associate Dean and Associate Clinical Professor, Clinical Health Professions

*Upon return from Europe, the course will continue as a traditional didactic seminar through the spring 2018 semester. 

*Don't forget: Hang onto your course choice for the spring 2018 term if you are interested in applying.

Important Note: Be sure to speak with your academic advisor and with the Office of Student Financial Services to confirm that the course attached to the Dean's International Opportunities Program course does not cause you to exceed the overall credits required for your degree to avoid additional tuition without receiving extra financial aid. 

Quick Facts

Eligibility Requirements: Fifth-year and Sixth-year College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students with at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA at the beginning of fall 2017. Prior leadership experience preferred but not required. 

Anticipated Travel Dates: January 4 – January 11, 2018 (7 nights)
(Please note: students will arrive in Rome on January 4 and will likely need to travel one day before the arrival date).

*Updated Application Deadline: September 22 (see instructions below)

Mandatory Orientations:

Site-specific Orientation -  Thursday, November 16th at 2:00-3:00pm. Location: DAC 207

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Cultural Mentorship Workshop - There are three sessions to choose from, and you may attend any one:

  • Monday, October 23rd from 1:50pm – 3:15pm in DAC 307
  • Thursday, October 26th from 1:50pm – 3:15pm in DAC 307
  • Saturday, November 4th from 10:00am – 11:30am in DAC 306

Visa Requirement: A visa is NOT required for students who are US citizens. Non-US citizens should make an appointment with the Office of Global Studies to determine if a visa required and learn how to apply.

For more information about this exciting program, please contact Michael Fahid, Assistant to the Dean, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences or Anna Torres, Project Analyst, Office of Global Studies .