Health-System Pharmacy Administration Graduate Program

Course Descriptions

Curriculum delivery is fully online, providing a convenient and flexible opportunity to enable current health care professionals to obtain the skills they need to assume management and leadership positions in hospitals and health-system pharmacy practice environments.

Upon successful completion of each course, students will have the opportunity to evaluate their course instructor(s) and the course so that the program can continue to strive towards excellence in graduate education and delivery.

Offered every Semester

PHR 78101 – Pharmacy Seminar, Contemporary Issues (4 credits)

This course is taken in four experiences, one per semester during the first two-year of the curriculum. This course analyzes, discusses and debates contemporary issues in health-system pharmacy practice and administration, as well as the healthcare delivery system at a higher level. Each student will present one seminar topic during the semester to develop skills in making presentations and leading small group discussions. Up to three (3) times per semester, thought leaders in pharmacy and/or healthcare are invited as guest speakers and stimulate discussion on current issues.

Offered in Fall /Year 1

PHR 78102 – Research Methods in Pharmacy Practice (3 credits)

This course is designed to develop knowledge and skill in practice related research. Course content will primarily be discussion of design, strengths, weaknesses, and application of various types of clinical trials. Additional content will include an overview of key biostatistical concepts relevant to practice related research, ethical considerations in clinical research, issues in supporting industry sponsored research and strategies for disseminating the results of clinical research. Learning strategies will include traditional classroom lectures, as well as an emphasis on class discussion of key concepts. Students will prepare for class in advance via assigned reading material and completion of assignments. Real world examples of clinical research will be provided by course instructors to facilitate discussion. The application of concepts learned will also be applied through completion of a longitudinal project beginning with a clinical observation and culminating in the development and presentation of a study protocol.

PHR 78103 – KSU: Financial Accounting (2 credits)

Course offers an in-depth study of financial accounting concepts and basic financial statements. It includes an examination of the significant accounting issues affecting financial reporting and their impact on analysis and interpretation of financial information for decision making. Two online webinars through MBAmath, one on Accounting and another on Spreadsheets, must be passed at the 75% rate or higher before the start of this course. Offered online through KSU, College of Business Administration, ACCT 63037.

PHR 78204 – Medication Use Systems & Operations Management (3 credits)

This course explores, analyzes, and presents all key areas that comprise the medication use processes in contemporary health-system pharmacy practice and administration, as well as the healthcare delivery system at a higher level. Each student will participate in an individual project justifying a new service, product, position or request of similar nature, by developing a formal proposal for the justification and implementation of the requested service, position or product. The proposal will be presented to the rest of the class, course directors and/or guest evaluators. By the conclusion of the course, students will have obtained a deeper and broader understanding of the entire medication use process in a healthcare system. They will also understand the advantages and disadvantages of various methods to provide key services.

Offered in Spring /Year 1

PHR 78105 – The Healthcare System (3 credits)

This class provides an overview of the current forces and trends impacting the organization, financing, delivery and evaluation of healthcare services in the United States. Specific topics include the historical development of healthcare delivery in the US and the impact of societal and disease patterns on the organization of services; the general structure of facility and community based care providers and systems; the intersection between public and private health sectors, the development of health policy; the assessment of healthcare delivery systems; and the roles of information technology in the transformation of healthcare.

PHR 78203 – Financial Management in Health-System Pharmacy (3 credits)

This course provides the practical application of principles of financial and managerial accounting to the financial management of hospital and health-system pharmacies. The processes of making managerial decisions based on financial analyses are demonstrated. Financial management skills are developed to optimize managerial decisions. The development of departmental budgets is demonstrated, including analysis of past performance, trends and forecasting for the future. This course explores financial concepts and tools to analyze and evaluate financial performance, including variance analysis.

Pharmaceutical contracts and supply chain management are studied along with revenue budgets and other forms of pharmaceutical reimbursement. Throughout the course, the student learns about planning, from strategic financial planning, building a financial plan for a new service to planning for education and research programs. Each student will participate in a pharmacy and therapeutics committee financial analysis simulation. Each student will also be responsible for the completion of an individual project preparing an evaluation of a new program or service with an emphasis on the financial analysis of the evaluation process.

PHR 78301 – KSU: Health Informatics Management (3 credits)

Course covers the areas encompassing health informatics management including the planning, selection, deployment, and management of electronic medical records (EMR), management decision-support and tracking systems (DDS), and other health information technologies (HIT). Offered online through KSU, College of Communications, HI 64158.

Offered in Fall /Year 2

PHR 78201 – Innovation Project I (3 credits)

An innovation project is required in lieu of a thesis. The project must follow a research methodology and be of publishable quality in a peer-reviewed professional journal. The topic should be of current interest and importance to the student and his/her employer or the advancement of the practice of pharmacy and have application for direct improvement of patient care, systems improvement and/or direct cost savings/revenue generation to the employer. If the topic is appropriate, it must follow a research methodology.

PHR 78195 – KSU : Leadership and Managerial Assessment (2 credits)

Students develop an understanding of the leadership process. Through critical thinking, class discussions and class activities, they build skills in leading others, leading themselves, and teamwork. Offered online through KSU, College of Business Administration, ACCT 64158

PHR 78302 – Personnel Management (3 credits)

This course provides instruction, discussion and debate to develop the knowledge and skills required of pharmacy managers to supervise and lead others. Students will focus on managing oneself for greater effectiveness, writing position descriptions, recruiting and interviewing candidates, avoiding discriminatory hiring practices, delegating responsibility, developing others to enhance performance, conducting performance appraisals, handling disruptive employees, managing conflict, managing change, building teams and managing stress. Students will also participate in a number of simulations to immediately apply the information and skills gained in class in order to enhance their ability to supervise and lead others.

Offered in Spring/Year 2

PHR 78305 – Integrated Business Strategy (3 credits)

Explores the integrative and cross-functional nature of strategy and decision making in a healthcare setting. Applies principles, concepts, and theories from business and marketing strategy, finance, human resources management, managerial accounting, and operations management to management decisions and the formulation of strategic plans.

PHR 78303 – Innovation Project II (3 credits)

An innovation project is required in lieu of a thesis. The project must follow a research methodology and be of publishable quality in a peer-reviewed professional journal. The topic should be of current interest and importance to the student and his/her employer or the advancement of the practice of pharmacy and have application for direct improvement of patient care, systems improvement and/or direct cost savings/revenue generation to the employer. If the topic is appropriate, it must follow a research methodology.

PHR 78304 – Effective Communications (2 credits)

This course discusses communication at the individual, department and organizational level. Review of communication frameworks (e.g. SBAR) and tools to facilitate optimal employee engagement will be utilized. Students will examine the impact of content, delivery, technology and generational differences on communication efficacy. Class interactivity and situational examples will be implemented to assist students in the essential skills of communication and active listening with particular focus on crucial conversations. Students will also have the opportunity to refine their writing skills with formal and informal documents including but not limited to email, text, performance evaluations and policies and procedures.

Contact

Kelly Shrock
Program Coordinator
Phone: 330.325.6784
Email: kshrock@neomed.edu

Health-System Pharmacy Administration

College of Graduate Studies