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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pharmacy Administration – Master of Science

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The graduate program in pharmacy administration (MS non-thesis) is designed to prepare persons for responsible leadership positions in pharmacy management, research, and/or education. Areas in the program include pharmacoeconomics, outcome assessment, and management. Opportunities for graduates of the program include careers with pharmaceutical firms, health insurance companies, and professional societies, as well as governmental and international agencies. Along with the expanding importance of drugs and technology in society, there are increasingly complex interactions among governmental agencies, health insurers, managed care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers, and patients. This results in a critical need for persons with advanced training in pharmacy administration.

The graduate program involves 30 course credits. A minimum of 12 must be from core courses required of students majoring in this program.

Dedicated to providing the highest quality education to our graduate students, the pharmacy administration graduate program has the following learning outcomes as essential components of its mission:

  • Students should develop high levels of knowledge, research competence, a sense of inquisitiveness, and the skills of analysis.
  • Students should contribute measurably to the advancement of health services research and pharmaceutical care through scholarly conduct and publication of research.
  • Students should develop innovative problem-solving, management, and leadership skills along with high ethical standards.
  • Students should have the ability to evaluate and improve the cost-effectiveness of healthcare and pharmaceutical services toward generating optimal benefits for society.
  • Students should be motivated for lifelong learning and continuing self-improvement in fulfilling personal and professional responsibilities and obligations.
  • Students should perpetually be improving their competence as healthcare practitioners, administrators, and researchers through continuing education programs, continuous quality improvement, and aspirations for excellence.
  • Students should learn to contribute significantly to the success of their varied disciplines though participation in community, societal, and professional activism.
  • As part of their learning experiences, students should participate in appropriate professional, scientific, and academic organizations.
  • Students should learn to integrate their service, education, and research activities with appropriate institutions, organizations, and agencies.
  • Students should learn how to evaluate and promote clinical, social, economic, and administrative activities that meet the highest standards.
  • Students should develop advanced knowledge and skills in health technology, information processing, communications toward improving patient care, and health services delivery.
  • Students should develop strong skills in creative thinking, reasoning, and problem solving related to improving pharmaceutical services and healthcare systems.

Elective Courses

Must be approved by program director from the groups below:

  • BW 700- and WR 700-level biomedical writing courses
  • HP/HE 700- and 800-level health policy/public health courses
  • PA/PP 300- and 400-level pharmacy practice or pharmacy administration courses (no more than 6 credits)
  • PA 700- and 800-level pharmacy administration elective courses
  • PB 700- and 800-level pharmaceutical and healthcare business courses
  • ST 700-level statistics courses

Total Credits: 30


Cathy Y. Poon
BS (St. John’s University); PharmD (Medical University of South Carolina)
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration
Associate Dean, Interprofessional Education 
Phone: 215.596.8889

Daniel A. Hussar
BS, MS, PhD (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science)
Remington Professor of Pharmacy
Phone: 215.596.8880

Yardlee Kauffman
PharmD (University of Pittsburgh), MPH (University of Pittsburgh)
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy
Phone: 215.596.8884

Brandon J. Patterson
PharmD (University of Texas), PhD (University of Iowa)
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy
Phone: 215.596.8689

Andrew M. Peterson
BS (Rutgers University); PharmD (Medical College of Virginia); PhD (University of the Sciences)
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Phone: 215.596.8877

Vincent J. Willey
BS, PharmD (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacy
Phone: 215.596.8884

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