MS in Health-System Pharmacy


Jay Mirtallo, MS, RPh, BCNSP, FASHP
Program Director, MS in Health-System Pharmacy Residency

Jessica Wood
Graduate Studies Coordinator

Faculty Support:
Nikki Herbert
Graduate Programs Coordinator

MS-HSP Academic Overview


College of PharmacyWe are very proud to be able to offer a newly revised curriculum in our MS in Health-System Pharmacy Administration program. The program committee sought information from past graduates, current students and other programs across the country to revise the curriculum. Using the ASHP performance objectives as a guide, the program committee worked to improve the best elements of the program, incorporate new subjects, and remove unnecessary material.

The revised curriculum was created in alignment with ASHP Educational Outcomes, Goals, and Objectives for Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency Programs. It was important to the program committee to not only create greater alignment with ASHP objectives, but also greater coordination between the Master’s and the residency. In examining each ASHP objective, the program committee sought to determine the ideal training for that objective, whether it is in the classroom, in the residency, or a combination of both. The ASHP objectives are grouped into seven primary domains. The Ohio State MS in Health-System Pharmacy curriculum is listed below in correlation with these domains.

Safe and Effective Medication-Use Systems

Medication-Use Systems are an integral part of Health-System Pharmacy. Pharmacy leaders must be able to design, implement, and manage effective medication-use systems that are not only safe, but also effective. The coursework in this domain is broken down into four seven-week courses. Planned sequentially, each of these 2 credit hour courses builds on the next and focuses on a different aspect of medication-use systems. These courses incorporate heavy participation from practitioners in our four participating health-systems, allowing students to examine a variety of medication-use systems.

Pharmacy 8160 – Operations Management in Health-System Pharmacy – 2 credits

Pharmacy 8150 – System Issues with Medication Safety – 2 credits

Pharmacy 8250 – Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Principles for Health System Pharmacists – 2 credits

Pharmacy 8170 – Advancement of Patient Care Services – 2 credits

Quality Improvement

The coursework in this category is tied to the ASHP domain “Quality Assurance.” Program directors felt strongly that while quality cannot always be assured, it can always be improved upon. Practitioners should be able to apply current quality methodology to the management of pharmacy services.

Pharmacy 8140 – Research Methodology for Health-System Pharmacists – 2 credits

Pharmacy 8993 – Supervised Project in Health-System Pharmacy – 16 credits

PubHHMP 7680 – Operations Management in Health Services – 3 credits

Pharmacy 8520 – Reasearch Ethics – 1 credit

Management of Human Resources

Pharmacy directors will be expected to lead and manage the human resources for health system pharmacy This course, taught by the College of Public Health, provides students the competencies necessary for health care professionals. Management of Human Resources is one of four courses in the curriculum taught by Public Health. The partnership with Public Health allows MS students to gain a global perspective of many of these issues in conjunction with the health-system pharmacy specific instruction in other courses.

PubHHM 7615 – Health Services Organizational Management – 3 credits

Management of Financial Resources

Students need to be able to manage the health system pharmacy financial performance within the context of the broader health system. The Pharmacy courses provide important financial concepts needed by managers in health system pharmacy divided into operations and capital finance. This is complimented by a Pharmacy course which provides an overview and appraisal of the economic evaluation of health care programs and services applied to health-systems pharmacy administration.

Pharmacy 8100 – Operations Finance/Control Processes – I.5 credits

Pharmacy 8110 – Capital Finance/Revenue Cycle – 1.5 credits

Pharmacy 8180 – Economic Evaluation of Patient Services – 1.5 credits

Use of Technology

This course provides an advanced understanding of the information systems, technology, and automation systems necessary to optimize the medication-use system.

Pharmacy 8120 – Information Systems for Health System Pharmacy – 1.5 credits

Advanced Leadership

Personal leadership is at the core of this program and is a component of each course and activity provided in the curriculum. We have also included a course that will specifically address leadership skills necessary to operate effectively within the health system and advance the profession and practice of pharmacy.

Pharmacy 8130 – Advanced Leadership Principles – 1 credit

Pharmacy 8884 – Seminar: MS in Health-System Pharmacy – 4 credits

PubHMP 7615 – Health Services Organizational Management – 3 credits


Jay Mirtallo, MS, RPh, FASHP

Deadline is January 8, 2018

Instructions for the graduate school application are listed on our Apply page.