MSHSPA Curriculum


MSHSPA Curriculum

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The program's curriculum was created in alignment with American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (ASHP) educational outcomes, goals and objectives for post-graduate year two (PGY2) Health-System Pharmacy Administration residency programs.

Emphasis is placed on a strong 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 six primary domains. The College of Pharmacy master's degree curriculum is listed below in correlation with these domains.


Medication-Use Systems are an integral part of health system pharmacy.

Pharmacy leaders must be able to design, implement, and manage 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 two 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 five participating residency sites, allowing students to examine a variety of medication-use systems:

Pharmacy 8160 – Operations Management in Health System Pharmacy (2 credits) – Reviews the medication use system, evidence-based practices in medication use systems management, operations management and compliance with regulatory and accrediting agencies.

Pharmacy 8150 – System Issues with Medication Safety (2 credits) – Describes the components of an effective system for tracking, trending, and reporting adverse drug events (ADE).  Understand the techniques used in investigating the causes of events. Integrate medication safety activities as a component of the organizations’ safety culture.

Pharmacy 8250 – Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Principles for Health System Pharmacists (2 credits) – Exposure to the key stakeholders in the pharmaceutical supply chain and factors affecting its integrity. Basic concepts in drug procurement and inventory control.

Pharmacy 8170Planning, Leading and Managing the Pharmacy Enterprise (2 credits) - This course serves as a capstone class for students to experience the practical role of a chief pharmacy officer or director of the pharmacy enterprise. By using various online teaching strategies, students will have an opportunity to become expert in planning, organizing, executing and analyzing the pharmacy enterprise.


The coursework in this category is tied to the ASHP domain “Quality Assurance”.

Program directors feel 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.

NURS 7782Clinical Research Design and Methods (3 credits) - Study of research design and methods used in clinical and preclinical research.

Pharmacy 8993 – Supervised Project in Health System Pharmacy (16 credits) – The purpose of this course is to design and complete the required major project focusing on a health system pharmacy issue.

PubHHMP 7680 – Operations Management in Health Services Organizations (3 credits) – Gives a working knowledge of the most current operations and innovations while focusing on fundamental operations management concepts and techniques.


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) – This course is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in health services management, focusing on human resources management and organizational behavior.


Students need to be able to manage the health system pharmacy financial performance within the context of the broader health system.

These courses provide important financial concepts needed by managers in health system pharmacy divided into operations and capital finance. This is complimented by a course which provides an overview and appraisal of the economic evaluation of health care programs and services applied to health systems pharmacy administration.

Pharmacy 8100Operations Finance and Revenue Cycle (1.5 credits) – Provides an advanced understanding of operations finance for health-system pharmacists

Pharmacy 8110Capital Budgeting and Business Case Development (1.5 credits) – Provides an advanced understanding of the pharmacy revenue cycle, as well as capital finance for the health system pharmacist.

Pharmacy 8180 – Economic Evaluation of Patient Services (1.5 credits) – An overview and appraisal of the economic evaluation of health care programs and services applied to health systems pharmacy administration.


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 understanding of information systems, technology and automation systems for health system pharmacy. Explains the advancements that practice technology enhances. Techniques used to manage limitations to electronic information and other technologies.


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) – Discussion of leadership qualities and techniques required to establish a vision and strategic direction for a health system pharmacy or department.

Pharmacy 8884 – Seminar: MS in Health System Pharmacy (4 credits) – Provides experience in communication of project proposals and results and current topics. Skills in leading discussions are included, as well as methods to effectively evaluate presentations.