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.
These courses will provide participants with a basic understanding of topics ranging from drug discovery to disposal. This high‐level overview introduces issues that are developed in detail in the
Master of Science tracks (i.e., Applied Pharmacoeconomics, Managed Care Pharmacy Systems, Patient Safety in Medication Use, and Pharmaceutical Regulation). “Foundations I” will focus on before a drug is marketed.
In addition to recorded video lectures and online weekly class meetings, this course will include mandatory readings from a variety of sources and perspectives. It will provide a balanced view of controversial topics and invites discussion using the presented content, supplemental information posted to the Discussion Boards, and students’ and faculty experiences. The concepts and principles in this course will provide perspective for students’ various chosen specialty areas, which will be addressed in courses that follow this foundational course.