Development, implementation, and evaluation of a service-learning series for pharmacy students using a public health tool

Katura C. Bullock

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Background and purpose The purpose of this article is to describe the utility of the Assessment, Development, Assurance: Pharmacist's Tool (ADAPT) during the design, delivery, and assessment of service-learning events by pharmacy students. Educational activity and setting The ADAPT instrument was used to develop a series of five service-learning events that featured a health promotion program delivered by 19 pharmacy students and attended by over 200 senior citizens at local senior centers. Student competence was assessed prior to participating in the service-learning activities and each student completed a reflection following the event. Senior center directors evaluated both the quality of the health promotion program as well as the interaction with the sponsoring college of pharmacy. Findings Pharmacy students reported achievement of health promotion learning objectives based on self-evaluations. Responses to reflections also indicate that students gained insight to and appreciation for several of the public health essential services, which are the basis of the ADAPT instrument. Feedback from the senior center directors was consistently positive. Discussion and summary Use of the ADAPT instrument helped to facilitate the delivery of a high-quality, comprehensive service-learning series at local senior centers that had a solid public health foundation. Colleges and schools of pharmacy should strongly consider consulting the tool prior to planning any future health promotion activities for students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)828-834
Number of pages7
JournalCurrents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2017


  • Health promotion
  • Pharmacy education
  • Pharmacy students
  • Public health
  • Service-learning


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