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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 Economics (private and public) and Risk Management
- Formulary Management
- Pharmacoeconomics (pharmaceutical 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
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.
Resources on Managed Care
- Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
- Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy
- Pharmacy Benefits Management Institute
- Pharmaceutical Care Management Association
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