All students enrolled in the PharmD program of the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy will complete at least two 5 week rotations in designated rural locations in the state of West Virginia.

The SoP continues to use rural sites developed for the WVRHEP program. These locations are not in any of the following cities: Charleston (including South Charleston, Dunbar, Nitro, and St. Albans), Huntington (including Barboursville), Morgantown (including Star City and Westover), and Wheeling.

The West Virginia Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program provides student housing. The WVU HSC is working to include community service and interdisciplinary experiences at designated sites in rural West Virginia. The goal of the program is to increase the number of primary care professionals in rural West Virginia.

Specific learning objectives for APPE rotations related to rural health include the following:

  • Facilitate communication with patients at the appropriate level using understandable terminology.
  • Identify and address potential barriers to the provision of pharmacy care (e.g., patient’s beliefs, biases, cognitive status, culture, economic status, social situation, and access to health care).
  • Identify the availability in rural communities of community service organizations that have as their mission health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Identify/describe the important components of effective health promotion and disease prevention activities in the rural community.
  • Identify current public health issues or problems in the rural community.
  • Identify/describe the important components of effective health promotion and disease prevention activities in the rural community.
  • Identify current public health issues or problems in the rural community.
  • Promote public awareness of health and disease in the rural community, including participating in health promotion and disease prevention strategies.