Objective: To describe an elective course on immunology and vaccines for pharmacy students that extends beyond basic immunization training.
Design: A three credit-hour Immunology and Vaccines elective was developed and taught by an immunologist, policy research expert, and pharmacist. The learning objectives of the course included: understanding how the immune system works with vaccines to provide protection against infectious diseases, the history and policies involved in immunization practice, and how to counsel the vaccine hesitant individual. Classes were conducted using a variety of formats; group projects, lectures, films, literature reviews and guest speakers. An end-of-course evaluation was used to gauge student opinion on course value. Students were evaluated by four exams and a final group presentation.
Conclusion: Students indicated that this course was valuable to their future pharmacy careers and provided insight into why people choose not to vaccinate and how they could use the course insight to properly educate such individuals.
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James SF, Braun LJ, Feltman C, Haight R. Development of an Integrated Immunology and Vaccines Pharmacy Elective. Inov Pharm. 2017;8(3): Article 1. http://pubs.lib.umn.edu/innovations/vol8/iss3/1.