Wilkes University


Dr. Bohan in Uganda

Global APPE to Uganda  (Qualifies as a Patient-Care Elective APPE- PHA 599)

Dr. KarenBeth Bohan, Associate Professor Pharmacy Practice
Phone: (570) 408-4292

Eligible Students: 4th Professional Year Pharmacy Students seeking a global healthcare experience in Africa


  • Application with essay and Interview
  • Student must be in good health and able to receive the live Yellow Fever Vaccine and take Malaria Prophylaxis medication

APPE Program Overview

Dr. Bohan will accompany this trip which begins upon arrival in Kampala, Uganda with two weeks at Makerere University School of Pharmacy. Wilkes students will participate in classroom experiences with the Ugandan students. The entire curriculum is Team Based Learning. Wilkes students will be expected to deliver a prepared lecture on a topic, which has been requested by the Makerere students. The 2-week experience in Kampala will also include observing and assisting in both community and hospital pharmacy practice settings. The Ugandan students and faculty are especially interested in observing clinical pharmacy in practice- students interacting with healthcare providers to make decisions about patient care. This area of pharmacy is not widely practiced in Africa and one of the goals for this exchange is to help Makerere students and faculty learn how they can advance pharmacy practice in their country. At the end of the first 2 weeks the group will take a day-trip to Jinja, Uganda, 2 hours from Kampala, to the source of the Nile River. There is a beautiful park with wildlife and falls, and lots of shopping for souvenirs.

The next 2 weeks will be in Masindi District, a rural area about 3-4 hours northwest of Kampala. Students will volunteer service and learn about the related health issues by working with one or more of the following organizations: Busoga Trust America- a non-profit improving access to safe water; TASO (The AIDS support organization- a non-profit providing medical care and support to those with AIDS); The Red Cross of Masindi, Uganda- a non-profit providing a wide variety of services to the community; The Masindi-Kitara Medical Center- a non-profit inpatient and outpatient facility; and a variety of rural governmental health clinics. The trip will culminate with a 2-day safari at Murchison Falls National Park where students will get a chance to see elephants, giraffes, crocodiles, lions, baboons, many kinds of antelopes, and much more in their natural habitats.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Dr. Bohan at karenbeth.bohan@wilkes.edu.