Students can personalize their graduate education by choosing a Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy specialty track that aligns with their current career or the field of interest.
Pharmacoeconomics refers to the field that utilizes both scientific and economic methods to evaluate and compare the value of one drug or therapy to another. Students will learn to critique and apply pharmacoeconomic methods involving cost minimization, cost effectiveness, cost utility, and cost benefit to optimize and improve clinical decision making. Topics include technology assessments in healthcare; health outcomes phamracy; healthcare markets; microeconomics in healthcare; healthcare management; and more.
The managed care track focuses on an in-depth understanding of managed care principles, structure, financing, and management strategies common in all health insurance programs. Managed care is designed to help improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare while being cost effective. Topics include benefit design, public health policy, formulary management, pharmaceutical contracting, quality and drug safety, specialty pharmacy management, and more.
The Patient Safety in Medication Use program concentration provides students with the knowledge required for evaluating and improving patient safety. Errors involving medications have been identified as the major source of preventable error in healthcare—now you can be part of the solution to this. Topics covered include: healthcare quality and measurement; safety interventions and practices; safety in healthcare systems; and examining human factors, ethics, policy and legal issues related to quality and safety in medication use.
PharmReg focuses on the regulatory framework that surrounds manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, and the use of pharmaceutical products with the goal of ensuring healthcare quality in mind. It places pharmaceuticals in the larger context of healthcare. Topics include Food & Drug Administration (FDA) theory and practice; drug approval processes; Medicare and Medicaid; government healthcare regulation; fraud and abuse; and more. This track is ideal for work in drug regulation and oversight, governmental affairs, healthcare benefits administration, or pharmaceutical administration.