MS in Pharmacy Leadership

MS in Pharmacy Leadership
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Listen in while program director Dr. Jenelle Sobotka discusses the program, curriculum, work-life balance, and online school.

University of Cincinnati’s Master of Science in Pharmacy Leadership

Building on a tradition of excellence and innovation, the MS in Pharmacy Leadership from the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy is one of the only programs of its kind in the US and among the first offered online.

This online pharmacy leadership graduate program combines leadership and professional development content in a series of healthcare, business, and management courses.The curriculum provides a customized learning experience to prepare pharmacists for advancement in their careers as leaders and managers in the pharmacy field.

UC Online Pharmacy Leadership Director
Dr. Jenelle Sobotka, Pharmacy Leadership Director
Students strengthen their leadership skills through courses with active learning experiences in areas such as:
  • Communicating as a leader
  • Developing entrepreneurial and innovative thinking
  • Influencing and motivating others
  • Finding your leadership style
  • Conflict management
  • Building and leading teams
  • Collaboration
  • Mentorship
  • Strategic planning and defining measures of success
  • Effective implementation
  • Cultural competencies

Program Highlights

  • 100% online
  • No campus visits required
  • Program can be completed in two years
  • Students can enroll six times a year
  • Asynchronous curriculum available 24 hours a day

Health System and Community-based Pharmacy Administration Leadership Residency Partners

The following postgraduate pharmacy residency programs include our MS in Pharmacy Leadership degree in their residency offering.

Is a MS in Pharmacy Leadership right for me?

Are you a pharmacist interested in moving to the next level at your current company or in your field? Do you enjoy the business side of pharmacy? Are you interested in developing better management skills? Are you interested in managing and mentoring a team? Then a master’s degree in pharmacy leadership might be perfect for you.

What Is Pharmacy Leadership and Why Is It Important?

The Pharmacy Leadership program can be the key to your personal and professional advancement. This program was built for working Pharmacists or PharmD students who desire to advance their business leadership and management skills while also building knowledge of the issues facing the healthcare systems and changes in business operations. In this program, students hone their skills while preparing for career growth and advancement opportunities in roles such as coordinator, supervisor, manager, director, and executive.

With an MS in Pharmacy Leadership, Pharmacists are better equipped to run and optimize their departments, manage staff, and collaborate in a cross-functional team setting. You’ll be responsible for optimizing a pharmacy’s resources, ensuring that medication use systems are safe and effective, and facilitating pharmacists’ direct patient care services.

Pharmacy Leadership Career Paths

Successful completion of the program prepares graduates for leadership positions in numerous health care settings, including independent and chain community pharmacies, health-system inpatient, outpatient, long-term care, and clinical pharmacies, managed care, and more.

Clinical setting leadership titles include:
  • Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
  • Clinical Manager
  • Clinical Coordinator
  • Clinical Pharmacy Operations Manager
  • Pharmacy Supervisor
  • Pharmacy Assistant Director
  • Pharmacy Associate Director
  • Pharmacy Director
Responsibilities for leadership roles may include:
  • Managing and supervising a pharmacy team.
  • Providing leadership through development and involvement in clinical pharmacy consult services, drug informatics, and hospital quality initiatives.
  • Assisting in the development of a drug formulary and involvement in the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
  • Planning, developing and providing drug information and educational sessions to professionals within the pharmacy setting, as well as to physicians, nursing staff, and other health care professionals.
  • Teaching, precasting, and mentoring students and residents.

Graduate Certificate Program

We offer both the Master’s in Pharmacy Leadership as well as an online Pharmacy Leadership Graduate Certificate to part-time students.

Both programs offer leadership and professional development content in a series of healthcare and business and management courses, resulting in a customized learning experience to prepare pharmacist professionals for career advancement.

With an emphasis on student-centered learning and strong practice engagement, the MS in Pharmacy Leadership program provides unparalleled opportunities for professional growth, leadership, and management skill development.

Why Study Pharmacy Leadership Online?

With an MS in Pharmacy Leadership, individuals advance their leadership and management skills while building knowledge of the issues facing the health care system and changes in business operations. In this program, pharmacists prepare for career growth advancement in roles such as supervisor, manager, director, and clinical coordinator.

Students in the programs are working pharmacists or student pharmacists from a variety of practice settings; independent and chain community pharmacies, health-system inpatient, outpatient, and clinical pharmacy, federal pharmacy,  managed care, industry, long-term care, and more.

Whether you are a pharmacist or a PharmD student, an MS degree in pharmacy leadership will put you on a trajectory for success.

Is UC Online right for me?

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Scholarship Opportunities
Scholarships are available to cover the tuition of one course in the program.
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Start-to-Graduation Support
Student Success Coordinators are available to students enrolled in online programs — they are your on-campus partner who can help you manage your time and whatever you need to get you to graduation.

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Student Testimonials
“This program transforms how you not only provide health care but then how you can also lead a team. I think leadership is something that is captured in part of the general pharmacy curriculum, but this program takes it to a whole different level. The leadership program helps you to become not only an effective health care professional but also on how become a leader within your health care system.”

Katie J.
MS Pharmacy Leadership Graduate

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