NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

College of Pharmacy—M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences 217 PHRM 5021—Population Health and Public Policy This graduate-level, interactive course introduces students to: (1) the fundamental concepts and frameworks used for the study of population health and public policy; (2) the financing and managing of health systems at the local and international levels; and (3) the formulation and analysis of public health policies. The course will emphasize the intersection of public health and the determinant of drug use and pharmacy-related policies. Students will have the opportunity to analyze and critically evaluate existing health policies, public health actions; and reforms. The course will be highly interactive. Students are expected to contribute and participate in the discussion of current research, case studies, and policies. Student learning will be assessed through oral exams, written assignments, presentations, and an analytical paper. This course will provide skills for the conceptualization of research projects addressing current health issues related to pharmacy. (48-0-3) PHRM 5025—Pharmacy Management and Finance This course provides an overview of management theories, human resources, and financial management applied to pharmacy and health care institution operations. Elements of supervision, management, and leadership are discussed in an effort to help students develop the skills needed to operate a pharmacy effectively. Also covered are finance topics such as capital costs, profit analysis, cost structures, budgeting, payment for services rendered, and accounting. (48-0-3) PHRM 5060—Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Design This course provides an analysis of the study designs most commonly employed in experimental research with emphasis in basic and clinical pharmacological research. Upon completion of the course, students will understand the considerations that go into selecting qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods of research design. The course prepares students to select the most appropriate design to better answer a specific research question, as well as to understand the strengths and limitations of such a design. (16-0-1) PHRM 5203—Social Measurement and Techniques This course introduces students to the concepts of advanced measurement theory and methods used in research. It acquaints students with cutting-edge models in measurement theory andmethods, as well as with the application of computer software with which to implement those methodologies. After completing the course, students should be prepared to begin working on advanced applications of measurement in the sociobehavioral sciences. (48-0-3) PHRM 5204—Research Techniques and Instrumentation This course will provide students with a broad overview of technologies and instruments used in pharmaceutical sciences research. Topics covered include the fundamentals of spectroscopy and chromatography, basic protein and molecular biology techniques, and others. The course will allow students to read the literature with greater understanding as methodological terminology begins to have more meaning. (48-0-3) PHRM 5209—Pharmacoeconomics This course provides an overview of pharmacoeconomics and some of the health outcome measurements that apply to health/pharmacy-related disciplines. The course is designed to focus on methodological principles of pharmacoeconomics analyses and the strengths and weaknesses of specific methods. Practical examples for successful implementation of these concepts are discussed. (48-0-3) PHRM 5211—Theories of Health-Seeking Behavior This course covers social and behavioral theories related to medication use, health services utilization, provider-patient communication, and other health-seeking behaviors. Students will examine and apply select health behavior theories at the individual, interpersonal, and community level. They will examine research conducted using the theories, with emphasis in the pharmacy field. Students are expected to apply theories in defining research questions, research design, and data analysis. (48-0-3) PHRM 5229—Product Development and Industrial Pharmacy This course provides the student with the essential information about the various stages of the new drug approval process and drug development, including pre-formulation, comparison studies, suitability of pharmaceutical excipients, and formulation. Additionally, it provides the student with the principles of pharmaceutical processing, such as filtration, milling, mixing, drying, and compression of pharmaceutical solids. The course also deals with the production and quality control of tablets, capsules, liquid dosage forms, semi-solid dosage forms, and sterile products. Coverage includes the science of packaging materials, production management, quality assurance, and regulations in the pharmaceutical industry, including validation, good manufacturing practice, and FDA guidelines for stability of pharmaceutical dosage forms. (64-0-4)