PHA 6186 Foundations of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy I
Drug Discovery, Development and Approval

PHA6186 ExemplaryCourse 2023-2028

This course earned the highest quality designation from the UF + Quality Matters evaluation of online courses – Exemplary Course. In addition, this course earned the UF Large Enrollment Strategies Award.


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 and 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., Pharmacoeconomics, Managed Care Pharmacy, Patient Safety in Medication Use, and Pharmaceutical Policy). “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.

Tuition: $2,250
Credits: 3

*Please note that this syllabus is subject to change. Use the updated syllabus in Canvas as the official course syllabus.

Notes: The POP Foundation series includes two courses, POP Foundations I and POP Foundations II. Each course is independent, and students are not required to take POP Foundations I prior to taking POP Foundations II.