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The ultimate goal of health care regulation is to ensure health care quality. But because health care is so complex, accomplishing this task requires balancing competing needs, such as cost and access. Over-reaching regulation leads to a chilling effect on health care innovation, and, ultimately, results in declines in health care outcomes and overall health care quality. Yet ineffective regulation leads to cost increases, decreased access, and poor health outcomes for the population as a whole. The pharmaceutical industry is an area within health care in which the cost, quality and access balancing act is especially difficult; and, the costs associated with research and development and managing liability continue to influence overall health care quality.
The curriculum in the pharmaceutical regulation track is designed to give students a firm grounding in the regulatory framework around the manufacture, distribution, dispensing, and use of pharmaceutical products, and place pharmaceuticals in a larger context of health care, generally. Students explore the roles of regulation, and the responsibilities of the regulated and regulator, and delve into the complexities and challenges facing health care. Upon completion of the program, students will have training that may qualify them for a career in drug regulation and oversight, governmental affairs, health care benefits administration, or pharmaceutical administration.
Students interested in enhancing their knowledge in this area may choose to take individual courses on a non-degree seeking basis, complete a graduate certificate in pharmaceutical regulation (13 cr.), or complete an MSPharm degree with a graduate certificate in pharmaceutical regulation (30 cr.).
PHA 6935 Structure, Process & Outcomes of Regulation 1
PHA 6935 Structure, Process & Outcomes of Regulation 2
PHA 6277 Ethics in Drug Production, Distribution & Use
PHA 6279 Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy Seminar
(Students take two, one-credit seminars; one seminar must be completed on campus in a Spring semester, while the other may be completed either online in a Fall semester or on campus in a Spring semester.)
PHA 6274 Federal Regulation of Drugs & Pharmacy
PHA 6280 Medicare & Medicaid
PHA 6276 Regulating Pharmaceutical Access & Cost
PHA 6290 Pharmaceutical Fraud & Abuse
Students may choose to take any course in the program curriculum (provided that any prerequisites have been met) as an elective. The following courses may be of particular interest to students in the Pharmaceutical Regulatory Compliance track:
PHA 6281 Practices & Procedures of Administrative Agencies
PHA 6269 Pharmaceutical Products & Public Policy
PHA 6275 Federal Regulation of Controlled Substances
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