Managed Care Pharmacy Systems

Get trained to be a leader in managed care pharmacy by enrolling in the University of Florida’s managed care pharmacy systems specialty track.

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Graduate Program Highlights

Online M.S ProgramUniversity of Florida
Certificate, M.S., M.S. + M.B.A optionsTop Ten Ranked Public University by U.S. News & World Report
Program founded by Dr. Robert Navarro, worldwide expert and founding member of the Academy of Managed Care PharmacyTop Ten Ranked Public Pharmacy College by U.S. News & World Report
Provides firm foundation in all critical areas: managed health care systems, prescription drug benefit plans, emerging delivery and reimbursement modelsTop Ten Pharmacy College in Amount of Federal Funding according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Practical and applied coursework based in real-world experienceTop Ranked Pharmacy College in Florida by U.S. News & World Report

What is Managed Care?

Managed care is an organized approach to population health management designed to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare in a cost effective manner. The Managed Care Pharmacy Systems field of study is a comprehensive graduate program that combines the study of managed healthcare delivery models with the delivery of evidence-based, cost-effective pharmaceutical interventions. This highly unique dual-focused program will teach students about the many facets of health insurance benefit design and take a deep dive into newer innovations like risk-sharing, value-based care, controlling health care costs and quality assessment.

Students will have an opportunity to study in-depth forms of managed care, both private and government-funded, as well as new healthcare delivery models. These include integrated health networks, accountable care organizations and the overall enhancement of patient and population health outcomes while optimizing healthcare resources.

The Managed Care Pharmacy Systems specialty track is one of the only US-based graduate programs designed to develop high-level leaders in the fast and ever-changing world of value-based managed healthcare.

Managed Care Pharmacy Systems include topics such as:

  • Healthcare and drug benefit design
  • Formulary management
  • Specialty pharmacy management
  • Public healthcare policy
  • Risk sharing and value-based care
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Health systems structure and management
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Career Outlook

Whether you want to practice in the pharmaceutical industry, a health insurance or pharmacy benefit management company, a healthcare consultancy, or data analytics company, there is a demand for individuals with graduate training in Managed Care Pharmacy Systems.

Examples of jobs after graduation include:

  • Health Outcomes Liaison in pharma company
  • Medical Director of a PBM
  • Health Services Director
  • Director of Provider Payment Innovation
  • Healthcare Outcomes Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy Director
  • Managed Care Scientific Liaison
  • Clinical Valued & Outcomes Manager
  • Director of Quality & Outcomes Management

Companies that hire graduates include:

  • Pharmaceutical & Bioctech Companies
  • Pharmacy Benefit Management Companies
  • Specialty Pharmacy Corporate Organization
  • Health Insurance Companies
  • Clinical Trial Research Organizations
  • Healthcare Research Consultancies
  • Medical Communication Agencies
  • Medical Device Manufacturers
  • Patient Medication Access & Advocacy

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Student Profiles

What background for I need for this degree track?

Most students have a health  care background of some type or have worked in customer-facing roles for healthcare or life sciences companies.

Students come from a variety of backgrounds with at least a B.S. 

  • Pharmaceutical representatives
  • Medical science liaisons
  • Pharmacy benefit management analysts
  • Pharmacists
  • Healthcare administrators
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Clinical trial managers

But, we also have students from other walks of life. Legal or healthcare policy professionals, or quality improvement officers may also be strong candidates for the program.

Not sure if you have the right background? Contact us and we’ll help you decide.

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Does this sound like you? Meet some of our students

Medical Science liaison
R.M. is a Medical Science Liaison at a small pharmaceutical company, responsible for working with health systems. He’s learning about managed care on-the-job but wants to grow in his position and be a leader for change in his company.
Clinical Pharmacist
L.G. is a Clinical Pharmacist employed at pharmacy benefit management company working on prior authorizations who is interested in growth opportunities that will drive decision-making on healthcare value.
Healthcare analyst
H.S. is a Healthcare Analyst working for a national health insurance company. She works with claims data providing data on healthcare resource utilization to her boss, but is ready to lead projects and increase her job prospects.
Medication therapy MAnagement
M.D. is a nurse who works with Medication Therapy Management systems at a large hospital. She wants to expand her focus to the greater managed healthcare setting and improve healthcare outcomes!
Director of Clinical Programs Management, therapeutics company
“The uniqueness of the program really got me in the door for interviews. At several interviews, hiring managers specifically noted the program and were interested in it. “
Dan Goldman, 2012 graduate of the M.S. + M.B.A. concurrent program, Managed Care Track


If you choose the Managed Care Pharmacy Systems specialty track, you are not only choosing one of the few applied graduate degrees in the United States that trains professionals to work in managed care pharmacy systems and healthcare value, but you are also learning a graduate curriculum that is taught by faculty with more than 150 YEARS of combined experience in managed care, cost-effective healthcare, health outcomes, benefit design, research, healthcare policy and quality improvement .

At UF, we take this specialty very seriously, because it revolves around access to affordable quality healthcare.

The coursework is challenging, yet manageable for the working professional, including:

  • Benefit design (both medical and pharmacy)
  • Healthcare financing (private and public) and risk management
  • Formulary management
  • Pharmacoeconomics, drug pricing and reimbursement systems
  • Evidence-based medicine and comparative effectiveness
  • Pharmacy distribution channels
  • Pharmaceutical contracting
  • Quality and drug safety
  • Specialty pharmacy management
  • Healthcare policy
  • Pharma/payer value-based partnerships
  • Producer and consumer behavior
  • Ethics

Meet the Track director

Laura Happe

The Managed Care Pharmacy Systems specialty track is led by Laura Happe, Pharm.D, who’s career has spanned across the health insurance, pharmacy benefit manager, mail order pharmacy, pharmaceutical industry, consulting and university settings. As an expert in managed care pharmacy research, Dr. Happe is current the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Managed Care and Speciality Pharmacy, which has an audience of over 30,000 people worldwide, and she has authored over 35 articles in the managed care area.

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