Curriculum: MS in Pharmacy Leadership

August 15, 2022
August 22, 2022
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Leadership and management principles, as well as skill development exercises, are woven into the active learning content of all courses. To maximize the learning experience, professional growth and development occur through the application of leadership principles with case studies and activities included in every course in the program. Students benefit from learning about health care issues from a variety of perspectives and stakeholders in the health care system.

  • The curriculum is asynchronous – students can access course information 24 hours a day
  • Lectures are video-recorded, and activities are posted for your review on your schedule
  • Coursework is to be completed at the times that best fit your work and personal life schedules
  • Opportunities are provided for engaging in online discussions with professors and classmates

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Course Requirments

Each course in the program is worth 3 semester credit hours and is completed in a compressed schedule of 7.5 weeks. Students typically take one 7.5 week course at a time, completing two courses each semester as they proceed through the program for 10 Courses and 30 Credit Hours.

One Required Course

  • Principles of Leadership (HCA 7002) (MHA Program)

All  Seven Courses from College of Pharmacy including Capstone Course

  • Leading Quality Management in Pharmacy Practice (PHLD 8010)
  • Human Resource Management in Pharmacy (PHLD 8020)
  • Communication for Pharmacy Leaders (PHLD 8030)
  • Management of Medication Use Systems (PHLD 8040)
  • Health Care Marketplace – Pharmacy Economics (PHLD 8050)
  • Accounting for Pharmacy Leaders (PHLD 8070).
  • Pharmacy Leadership Capstone (PHLD 8060)

Two Electives from MBA/MHI or MHA Approved Courses.

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Health Systems Management 2: Principles of Leadership

This course provides an introduction and overview to health care leadership, management and organizational behavior in health care settings reflecting the uniqueness of this sector as well as the universal concepts and principles utilized in the development of effective health care administrators and leaders. This course integrates theory with practice through readings, written assignments and discussion boards from different organizational perspectives. The development of leadership, managerial and organizational skills will be accomplished largely through individual work, with strong emphasis on self-reflection and self-analysis utilizing the particular tools of the course. This course aims to provide a relevant understanding of organizational dynamics such as performance, organizational culture, teamwork and individual and shared values and cultural competency. It will examine how health care leaders and their organizations relate to each other internally and to their external environments. Topics include values-driven leadership, team effectiveness, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, conflict management and assessment and evaluation of leadership performance. This course emphasizes the integration of the students’ past and current experiences with current reflections based on the current learning of leadership concepts and principles included in this course. The students will be required to submit their feedback from self-evaluation assignments, surveys and inventory tools that are intended to provide insight, awareness, professional and personal development during the course and assist with ongoing growth and development for each student in health care leadership roles into the future.

Leading Quality Management in Pharmacy

This course present students with a comprehensive overview of quality management principles, concepts and tools used in healthcare with a special emphasis in pharmacy practice. Through an analysis of pharmacy -related cases, students will have the opportunity to evaluate the relationship between leadership principles and quality improvement. Topics include quality performance measurement, culture of quality, techniques for quality leadership, patient engagement in quality and the use of technology in quality improvement.

Human Resources Management in Pharmacy

Course will provide an understanding of Human Resources as it pertains to management in Pharmacy. It will include presentations and discussion on employment laws, discipline, the selection and the placement process as well as, developing and recognizing your employees.

Communication for Pharmacy Leaders

This course presents students with techniques , methods and concepts to develop effective communication skills as a pharmacy leader. Through the utilization of scenario exercises, online discussion boards, video technology and respective field work, students will develop a comprehensive set of communication skills. Topics include analysis of multiple communication techniques, recognition of cultural differences with respect to communication expectations, developing and spreading a vision, applying the art of both persuasion and feedback, and identifying and framing audiences. Skills learned through this coursework will prepare students to communication their viewpoints, expectations and vision as a leader in the profession of pharmacy.

Medication Use System Management

This course covers the elements of the medication use system and will assist students in developing skills to assume a leadership role in devising and implementing process improvements of use of health care technologies (electronic health record, bar codes, robotics, smart devices) in the medication system along with HIT standards for interface and integration, and mobile health technologies. Students will gain an understanding of personal health records and models of community and regional information networks. Course content will include activities in workflow process mapping and workflow redesign, project management, and processes for documentation and coding.

The Healthcare MarketPlace- Pharmacy Economics

This course provides an overview of economics and marketplace topics related to pharmacy, with particular emphasis on topics relevant to the pharmaceutical industry and health benefit payment models. This course will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of Pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research. Pharmacy business aspects of pharmaceutical regulation and pricing, contracts and purchasing models, group purchasing organizations, MTM reimbursement, specialty pharmacy, and value based clinical and financial models for future health care delivery will all be addressed in the course content. Innovation and marketing will also be included with cases and application activities.

Pharmacy Leadership Capstone

Candidates for the Masters degree in Pharmacy Leadership will complete an independent project based on a management leadership challenge or problem demonstrating their conceptual, analytical, research and practical skills achieved through the courses in the program. It is a supervised project resulting in a publishable paper that demonstrates the candidate's ability to synthesize and utilize the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the program. The project could have an emphasis on practice advancement or enhanced understanding of leadership/management . Presentation of the project to faculty and peers is required before the degree is granted.

Accounting and Financial Decision- Making for Pharmacy Leaders

This course covers selected financial and managerial aspects of healthcare financial management, specifically designed for Pharmacists. It provides a broad introduction to key concepts, issues, tools, and vocabulary useful for managers, department heads, and owners. There are three main topic areas covered in the course: financial accounting; finance; and managerial accounting. The focus is on the understanding and application of the accounting information in healthcare with emphasis on addressing use within the pharmacy.

Health Systems Management 1: Organization & Delivery

The course is intended to provide the Master of Health Administration (MHA) student and future manager with a systems perspective of US health and health care structure and function. As the introductory course in the MHA program, it is to provide the fundamentals for all courses that follow, including finance and economics, strategy, quality improvement, policy and law, and others. Topics include an overview of the history, organization, and effectiveness of United States health care and public health systems, health system governance structures, roles, responsibilities as well as determinants of health, need, access and utilization.

Health Policy 1: Health Policy & Regulation

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the structure, systems and policies of health care delivery in the United States. The major structural/system issues include the "big three" or "universal issues" i.e., access quality and costs, which includes Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. Other system topics include the uninsured, health care professions, hospitals, long-term care, mental health, integrated health care systems, the Veterans Administration Health Systems, pharmaceuticals and technology. The course prepares learners to confront the underlying values and ethics that drive the politics of the health care system and to understand and apply basic concepts in policy analysis and advocacy in practice settings. Discussions and assignments will focus on the development of public policy concerning medical care and public health and the relationship between public decisions and the marketplace. Topics include health policy formulation, implementation and evaluation.

Global Health Systems

This foundational course uses the subject matter of global health to teach students the critical management skill of how to analyze the structure and functions of health care systems. Once mastered, these skills can be applied to the assessment of systems at any level and in any type of community or setting. As the COVID 19 pandemic has demonstrated to all, American health care managers work in a world where global health issues are of immediate and critical relevance to strategic and day-to-day operations. The building blocks of health care systems, their impacts on intermediary and outcome variables, and key stakeholder and other analytical tools will be applied to various national systems from high and low resource nations around the world. Cultural, social, environmental and other variables impacting understandings of health and illness, and the policies and systems built to address them, will be examined. In addition to institutional health care systems, the roles played by the marketplace, transnational organizations, private entities and others in global health care will be explored.

Health Informatics, Information Systems and Technology

This course introduces the discipline of health informatics and covers emerging trends. Various information systems, technologies and applications utilized in the context of health and healthcare are introduced. Their characteristics, strengths, challenges, purpose and impact are taught. Impact on patients, populations and healthcare providers is emphasized. Factors influencing adoption and use of various clinical and health information systems and technologies are taught. Key information technologies and systems such as electronic health records, health information exchanges, personal health records, public health information systems and mobile health technologies are introduced in this course. Topics such as telemedicine, interoperability and technical concepts are taught, and evaluation framework is introduced.

Leveraging Analytics and Business Intelligence Tools for Healthcare

This course will introduce students to a variety of cutting edge analytics and business intelligence tools applicable to health or healthcare data. Both structured and unstructured data will be introduced in this course. The coursewill also address topics related to data governance and data quality and various other topics relevant to health data management. This course is predominately hands-on and students willcomplete a project to demonstrate skills acquired.Students will learn how other industries have applied similar or the same tools.

Special Topics in Management: Lean in Healthcare

The Lean system evolved as the Toyota Production System within the manufacturing sector. Today principles of Lean are being adopted in the Service Sector,especially in the healthcare organizations, with an eye towards improving efficiency without having a negative impact on patient experience. This course introduces the student to Lean techniques and offers them the opportunity to do a field case study inside a healthcare organization.

Health Care Marketplace 1: Health Economics

The goal of this course is use economic analysis to introduce and to understand the basic elements and dynamics of the US healthcare system with a particular emphasis on policy implications. Over the past 50 years, the size and scope of the US healthcare economy has grown considerably. In 1960, the US spent about 5% of its gross national product on health. We now spend $3.2 Trillion, or 18%+ of the gross national product on healthcare. This is not only double what it was twenty years ago, but is a per capita level far higher than other industrialized countries. The greater spending, however, does not seem to have purchased much better health. Why does the United States spend so remarkably on medical care for results that are not so remarkable? In seeking explanations and solutions, we will study the healthcare system in the United States and understand the factors that drive our appetite for healthcare goods and services. We will then examine alternatives to our current system, paying special attention to the ongoing legislative reform efforts coming from Washington DC.

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