Health-System Pharmacy Administration Master’s Degree

Courses are taught within the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education (PACE) through synchronous education.

2014-2016 Curriculum

Fall Year 1
Credit Hours
PACE 815 Evaluation Research and Project Design (McLaughlin) 3
PACE 833 Overview to Health Systems (Dedrick / Decoske) 3
PHRS 899 Seminar 1
PHRS 991 Research in PACE 3
Cumulative Total 10

Spring Year 1
Credit Hours
PACE 820 Health-System Pharmacy Leadership (Cox / Daniels) 3
PACE 825 Foundational Practices of a Successful Health-System Department of Pharmacy (Kessler / Wolfe / Forshay) 3
PHRS 899 Seminar 1
PHRS 991 Research in PACE 3
Cumulative Total 20

Fall Year 2
Credit Hours
PACE 860 Advanced Hospital Pharmacy Operations (Eckel) 3
PHRS 899 Seminar 1
PHRS 992 Thesis Substitute 3
Cumulative Total 27

Spring Year 2
Credit Hours
PACE 832 Financial Management of Health-System Pharmacy (Wernoski / Bush) 3
PHRS 899 Seminar 1
PHRS 992 Thesis Substitute 3
PHYC 434 Teaching Assistant (UNC only) 0
Grand Total 34

Course Descriptions

PACE 815 Evaluation Research and Project Design: This course provides formal instruction on critical components of evaluation research, study design, and data analyses that a Master in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in health system pharmacy administration graduate will need in the workplace.

PACE 820 Health-System Pharmacy Leadership: This course focuses on principles of leadership and strategies used by leaders, with an emphasis in health-system pharmacy. Active learning strategies are used to examine and model leadership principles.

PACE 825 Foundational Practices of a Successful Health-System Department of Pharmacy: This course focuses on the Foundational Practices of a Successful Health-System Department of Pharmacy. Topics covered include medication safety, pharmacy informatics, and human resources management.

PACE 832 Financial Management of Health-system Pharmacy: This course provides an overview of the current financial environment in the health care industry and is intended to familiarize students with general accounting principles and financial management skills required to lead and manage pharmacy services in a health care organization.

PACE 833 Overview to Health Systems: This course is designed to expose participants to real world issues facing health system pharmacy leaders and to teach participants to work through concepts, processes, and challenges that are and will be faced.

PACE 860 Advanced Hospital Pharmacy Operations: This course is intended to build on the basic principles of pharmacy operations learned through coursework and experience as professional students as well as work experience.

PHRS 899 Seminar: This course includes the entire MS group including first and second years and covers a range of topics such as Pharmacy Disaster Planning, Crucial Conversations, Pharmacy Financial Billing, and Human Resources. Class format consists of topical readings or assignments prior to a seminar presentation and discussion.

PHRS 991 Research in PACE: This is a variable credit course required for all Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate students by their second semester. Teaching/learning methods consist of a pharmaceutical sciences-based mentored research training experience involving independent work and research reports that must be filed at the end of the semester.

PHRS 992 Thesis Substitute: Prerequisite PHRS 991 or equivalent. Students register for thesis credits after successfully passing their comprehensive written examination. A minimum of 3 credit hours of thesis research and writing is required for Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate students.