Pharmaceutical Regulation

What is Pharmaceutical Regulation?

The ultimate goal of health care regulation is to ensure health care quality. But because healthcare is so complex, accomplishing this task requires balancing competing needs, such as cost and access. Overreaching regulation leads to a “chilling effect” on health care innovation, and, ultimately, results in declines in health care outcomes and overall health care quality. Yet ineffective regulation leads to cost increases, decreased access, and poor health outcomes for the population as a whole. The pharmaceutical industry is an area within health care in which the cost, quality and access balancing act is especially difficult; and, the costs associated with research and development and managing liability continue to influence overall health care quality.

Why Pharmaceutical Regulation? What will you learn?

The curriculum in the pharmaceutical regulation track is designed to give students a firm grounding in the regulatory framework around the manufacture, distribution, dispensing, and use of pharmaceutical products, and place pharmaceuticals in a larger context of health care, generally. Students explore the roles of regulation, the responsibilities of the regulated and regulator, and delve into the complexities and challenges facing health care.

Who is this program for?

Upon completion of the program, students will have training that may qualify them for a career in drug regulation and oversight, governmental affairs, health care benefits administration, or pharmaceutical administration. Students interested in enhancing their knowledge in this area may choose to take individual courses on a non-degree seeking basis, complete a graduate certificate in pharmaceutical regulation (13 cr.), or complete an MSPharm degree with a graduate certificate in pharmaceutical regulation (30 cr.).

How much does it cost?

Courses are $750 per credit hours plus fees. Approximate costs:

  • Master’s Degree, 30 credit hours, $22,500
  • Graduate Certificate, 15 credit hours, $11,250


Sample Plans of Study – MS and Certificate

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