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CU Pharmacy Dr Jeff Huston with pharmacy students

Missions component a unique aspect of CU pharmacy program


by Chloie Benton, Public Relations Writer

Cross-cultural missions is a key component to all academic programs at Cedarville University. It's important to future pharmacists studying in Cedarville’s pharmacy program, where participation is 100 percent.

While cross-cultural engagement is a requirement, Dr. Marc Sweeney, dean of the school of pharmacy, believes the requirement helps make Cedarville’s program unique. “We believe it is part of our mission for students to have cross-cultural missions experiences,” said Sweeney.

Pharmacy students have traveled to Honduras, India, Canada, Swaziland, Haiti, El Salvador, Kenya, the Amazon, and the Dominican Republic, as well as urban areas in the United States. Many of these trips have taken place during school breaks or summer.

“We expect our students to focus on the needs of others,” said Dr. Jeff Bates, associate dean of pharmacy. “Going and serving, whether that is our neighbors down the street in Xenia, or if it is half a globe away, it is the same thing.”

These experiences allow students to apply what they learn in the classroom to patients with various backgrounds. They are intentionally placed in settings outside their comfort zone, and expected to apply their medical knowledge as situations arise. This broadens their ability to deal with situations appropriately as they enter their professional careers.

After returning from a cross-cultural trip, pharmacy students discuss what they learned from the experience, as well as how they can apply that to interactions with patients in the pharmacy setting.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,963 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit