Teeraporn Chanakit, MSc,a
Bee Yean Low, PhD,b
Payom Wongpoowarak, PhD,c
Claire Anderson, PhDa
To explore the current status of pharmacy education in Thailand.
The International Pharmaceutical Federation of the World Health Organization’s (FIP-
WHO) Global Survey of Pharmacy Schools was used for this study. The survey instrument was
distributed to the deans of the 19 faculties (colleges) of pharmacy in Thailand.
More than half the colleges have been in existence less than 20 years, and the government
owns 80% of them. There were 2 paths of admission to study pharmacy= direct admission and central
admission system. The doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) programs can be divided into 4 types. Approx-
imately 60% of all teaching staff holds a doctoral degree. Regarding the work balance among teaching
staff, around 60% focus on teaching activities, 20% focus on research, and less than 20% focus on
patient care services concurrent with real practice teaching. The proportion of student time dedicated to
theory, practice, and research in PharmD programs is 51.5%, 46.7%, and 1.8%, respectively. Sites
owned by the colleges or by others were used for student training. Colleges followed the Office of the
National Education Standards’ Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) and External Quality Assurance
(EQA), and the Pharmacy Council’s Quality Assessment (ONESQA) .
This study provides a picture of the current status of curriculum, teaching staff, and
students in pharmacy education in Thailand. The curriculum was adapted from the US PharmD pro-
gram with the aim of meeting the country’s needs and includes industrial pharmacy and public health
tracks as well as clinical tracks. However, this transition in pharmacy education in Thailand needs to be
monitored and evaluated.
pharmacy education, Thailand, PharmD, International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Global Survey