Courses

All courses are considered elective options as long as prerequisites are complete, if applicable.

Full Course List

3 Credits

PHA 6186 Foundations of POP I

This is the first course in a two‐course series designed to provide students in the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with Focus on Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy an overview of drug discovery, development, approval, marketing, regulation, and use in the United States. This course is designed to show how all the pieces of the “U.S. medication system” fit together.

3 credits

PHA 6187 Foundations of POP II

The second course in a two-course series designed to provide students in the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with Focus on Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy an overview of drug discovery, development, approval, marketing, regulation, and use in the United States. This course is designed to show how the pieces of the “U.S. medication system” fit together.

3 credits

PHA 6211 Applied Pharmacy Benefit Design

Previously Managed Care Pharmacy Operations. The purpose of this course is to build upon managed care pharmacy principles to introduce students to the related applicable operations of managed care organizations (MCOs) and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).

3 credits

PHA 6280 Medicare & Medicaid

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to Medicare and Medicaid. Areas covered include costs and financing of the programs, eligibility, program administration, and benefits. Relationships between state and federal agencies will be explored.

3 credits

PHA 6283 Introduction to Pharmacoeconomics

Previously Commercial Applications of Pharmacoeconomic Principles. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental methods of pharmacoeconomic analysis. The class will focus on the theory, methods and application of technology assessment in health care.

3 Credits

PHA 6286 Pharmaceutical Microeconomics

The purpose of this course is to analyze health care markets by using microeconomic tools. The course will explore the special features and complexities of health care markets and will focus on the analysis of consumption, production, and distribution of health and health care services with an emphasis on pharmaceutical products and services.

3 credits

PHA 6795 Quantitative Methods in Evidence-Based Pharmacy

This course introduces biostatistical concepts and methods used in pharmacy and medical literature. The overall goal of the course is for students to develop the ability to critically evaluate the statistical tests and results of relevant literature to identify findings that have implications for their practice.

3 Credits

PHA 6797 Applied Pharmaceutical Research Communications

This course will describe the concept of pharmaceutical value from the viewpoint of the health care provider, the consumer, and the payer. Students will learn about various types of research communications for each audience and their applicable rules and regulations. The course will also emphasize giving and receiving feedback and incorporation of value messaging into all pharmaceutical research communication.

3 Credits

PHA 6935 Writing for POP

Communication entails control: crafting a message such that a reader understands what a writer intends. We will use the pharmacy literature to identify how texts are made for different audiences, then use the literature to write evidence-based prose. The ultimate goal of the class is to develop (or polish) a suite of literacy skills useful for professional communication.

3 credits

MMC 5435 Messaging Strategy and the Value Proposition

In this course, the student will address the critical concepts and theories of value proposition to get to the core of marketing strategies. The course incorporates active learning projects for the development, measuring, testing, and production of an innovation, service, or feature intended to make a company or product more attractive to customers. The student will learn how to strategize and create relevant and compelling narratives that are unique and cutting-edge.

4 CREDITS

MMC 6456 Data Storytelling and Visualization

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of effective data-driven storytelling and communications. The students will learn how to detect and articulate the stories behind data sets and communicate data findings in visual, oral, and written contexts for various audiences and publics. The students will gain an understanding of Tableau, a data visualization tool.