Master’s Degree

Overview

The online Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy concentration offers a master’s degree in pharmacy program for US-based working professionals to enhance their education in the non-dispensing areas of pharmacy, all with minimal disruption to their schedules. Students take one course at-a-time, making it more manageable to balance work, family and education.

Our online master’s degree is a non-thesis, 30-credit program. Class meetings are live and interactive, allowing students to engage with one another and with the instructor in real time, as well as using asynchronous discussion boards and pre-recorded lectures and videos. Live class sessions are held on weekends and after hours (eastern time), generally twice per week, and classes are roughly 7-weeks in duration. Students must visit campus at least twice during their course of study. For most students, the two visits include their completion of the two on-campus seminars, and the comprehensive final exam.

All graduates from the program receive the Master of Science in Pharmacy with concentration in Pharmaceutical Outcome & Policy. Within that concentration, students choose from one of four specialty tracks.

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What are my Career Options?

Professionals with any of a wide variety of career goals can benefit from our Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy. Our specialty tracks provide you with an opportunity to focus in specialized areas of the pharmaceutical industry. One of the greatest advantages of choosing this degree is that individuals with traditional undergraduate degrees can benefit and enroll in this program. These professions include, but are not limited to:

Regulatory Compliance Professionals

Increase your working knowledge and gain the expertise and credentials to shape regulatory policy at the state and federal levels to improve patient care and outcomes.

Regulatory compliance professionals who graduate from this program may work in a number of industries, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Regulatory agencies (e.g. FDA, State Boards of Pharmacy)
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors
  • Health systems and facilities
  • Pharmacy benefits managers
  • Law firms specializing in health law

Healthcare Administrators

Stay on the cutting-edge of knowledge regarding patient safety, regulation, risk-management, pharmacoeconomics, and clinical research, and lead your organization in quality assurance and quality improvement efforts. Enhance your knowledge to apply the latest research and policy in your work environment and to improve patient outcomes. Gain an understanding of licensing and accreditation issues impacting health systems.

Healthcare administrators who graduate from this program can work in a number of industries, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Health systems and facilities
  • Health insurers/government payors
  • Provider groups and plans
  • Pharmacy benefit managers

Health Insurance Professionals

Understand the economics, regulatory policies and ethical concerns to make thoughtful decisions regarding patient outcomes, drug costs and benefits administration.

Health insurance professionals who graduate from this program may work in a number of industries, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Health care payors
  • Pharmacy benefit managers
  • Medicare and medicaid
  • Corporate HR departments
  • Health systems and facilities

Patient Safety Administrators

Understand general risk management techniques, standards of health care risk management administration and methods for integrating patient safety clinical risk management programs. Through a greater comprehension of federal, state and local laws, graduates may provide regulatory compliance expertise to the creation and administration of a comprehensive risk management program.

Patient safety administrators who graduate from this program may work in a number of industries, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Health systems and facilities
  • Accrediting organizations
  • “Think tanks” and industry groups
  • Pharmacy chains

Drug Industry Professionals

The MSPharm program focuses on many areas relevant to the pharmaceutical industry. Whether you have aspirations to pursue a career path in regulatory affairs, or have a desire to shape policy related to medicaiton use, or wish to gain a better understanding of patient outcomes research, our program provides you with the knowledge and skill to achieve your professional goals.

Drug industry professionals who graduate from this program may work in a number of areas including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Regulatory affairs
  • Government relations
  • Comparative effectiveness/outcomes research
  • Payor liaisons

Pharmacists

Take a leap in your career or move into a new area of practice; open doors with a graduate degree that allows you to focus on your area of interest. If your goals include moving into a regulatory role, adding a specialization to your PharmD or BPharm, taking the lead in patient safety initiatives, understanding the economic considerations to improve health system outcomes, or applying regulatory and ethical considerations to clinical research, consider our program.

Pharmacists who graduate from this program may work in a number of areas, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors
  • Health systems and facilities
  • Health insurers/government payors
  • Pharmacy benefits managers
  • Contract research organizations

Legal Professionals

As a legal professional, you know that health care reform is underway, creating changes and challenges within the health care system. Specialize in an area of health care regulation, policy, or pharmaceutical outcomes by completing coursework online and after hours. Our flexible program allows you to take selected individual courses, complete a 5-course certificate, or earn a master’s degree in as little as two years.

Attorneys and other legal professionals who graduate from this program may work in a number of areas including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors
  • Health systems and facilites
  • Pharmacy benefit managers
  • Health insurers/government payors

Health/Nursing Professionals

Nurses and other health care professionals are assuming important roles in many aspects of the new health care marketplace. Enhanced training and credentials in the areas of health care regulation, policy, and outcomes are essential to set you apart from your colleagues and allow you to move beyond traditional boundaries for your field.

Nurses and other health care professionals who graduate from this program may work in a number of areas including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Health insurers/government payors
  • Contract research organizations
  • Health systems and facilities
  • Pharmacy benefits managers
  • Legal and regulatory agencies

Specialty Track Information

Click on the links below to find out more information about how each specialty track can help you advance your career.

Master’s Degree Curriculum Requirements by Specialty Track

Click on the links below for detailed course curriculum requirements for each specialty track.

Concurrent Programs

In addition, the UF program has partnered with other institutions to provide unique educational opportunities:


Admissions

Master of Science Degree

The minimum admission requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Pharmacy, concentration in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, are as follows:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in any academic discipline (Pharmacy background not required) from a regionally accredited institution
  • 3.0 or better GPA in upper division undergraduate coursework
  • A statement of purpose must be submitted. There is a section for this information in the UF graduate application (step 2 of the application instructions).
  • A current resume or CV, in MS Word or PDF format. The file may be emailed to dess@ahc.ufl.edu or attached as part of the UF graduate application.
  • Acceptable Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score*
    • Prior to 8/1/2011: 500 verbal / 500 quantitative; 1,000 combined
    • After 8/1/2011: 150 verbal / 150 quantitative; 300 combined
  • Students educated outside the US may be required to pass a test of English language fluency.  Contact program administration for help determining if this applies to you.

*GRE requirement may be waived for applicants holding an advanced degree (Pharm.D., Master’s, MBA, J.D., etc.) from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution. Those with a BS in pharmacy from prior to the year 2000 should contact the program to discuss PharmD-degree equivalency and the possibility of a GRE waiver.

APPLICATION DEADLINES
Spring (January) application deadline: November 20th, 2017
Summer (May) application deadline: April 2nd, 2018

If you’re ready to get started, click here to start the Graduate Admissions application process. Good luck!

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