MS in Population Health Pharmacy

College

  • Online
  • College of Pharmacy

Degree Earned

  • Master of Science

or Certificate Options

Program Length
2-5 years

Program Type

  • Online

Contact

Name: Emily Hajjar, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCACP, BCGP
Positions:
  • Program Director, MS Program in Population Health Pharmacy Program
  • Professor
Telephone: 215-503-8522

Contact

Name: Jefferson College of Pharmacy

901 Walnut Street
Suite 901
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Telephone: 215-503-9000

Program Overview

Population Health Pharmacy focuses on the impact of the distribution of health determinants on those receiving medication management services by pharmacists.  This also includes the strategies used to improve health outcomes associated with medication use. With the rising health care costs and limited resources, pharmacists play an integral role in population health and there is an increasing demand for pharmacists with this expertise.  The Population Health Pharmacy degree will be a collaborative effort between the Jefferson College of Pharmacy and the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) designed to give practicing pharmacists an expertise in population health pharmacy.  By leveraging pharmacy specific knowledge with population health principles, these graduates will be poised to meet the needs of the current resource-limited, fragmented US health care system.

The MS and Certificate in Population Health Pharmacy applies population health principles to various pharmacy settings:

  • It links the determinants of population health to healthcare scenarios and various populations
  • It integrates pharmacy informatics, biostatistical and pharmacoepidemiologic principles to analyze real life medication use scenarios
  • It allows for the application of evidence based medicine to various populations
  • It evaluates population health management strategies that are used to improve medication use outcomes and reduce cost

The pharmacy specific perspective will allow pharmacist learners to expand:

  • Influence over population healthcare within health systems or community pharmacy settings
  • Promote cost savings within health systems, managed care markets, or insurance companies
  • Continue to push boundaries and further expand the role of the pharmacy profession

Program Information

Application Process

Read more about the application process on our apply page.

Curriculum

The MS in Population Health Pharmacy requires completion of 33 credits and includes a capstone presentation following completion of all coursework.

  • Identify and analyze the determinants of population health (healthcare, behavioral, genetic, social, environmental, cultural)
  • Assess the distribution and impact of determinants of population health on the impact on health outcomes as pertaining to pharmacy
  • Describe the problem of health disparities and the impact on population health
  • Recommend strategies to manage health disparities
  • Assess the current US healthcare system and its impact on population health
  • Makes evidence-based decisions for medication use protocols, disease state management policies, programs, and services
  • Apply pharmacoeconomic principles to evidenced based decisions and health policies
  • Evaluate and interpret the quality of evidence of biomedical literature using biostatistical, epidemiologic, and study design principles
  • Apply informatics technology to collect, assess and analyze population health information
  • Interpret and apply data analytics to improve population health medication use outcomes at institutional, community, regional and national levels
  • Create and apply cost management techniques to improve population health medication use outcomes
  • Evaluate the impact of health policies on population medication use outcomes
  • Articulate new approaches to pharmacy benefit design and management and specialty pharmacy
  • Recommend population health management strategies to improve medication use outcomes

The Graduate Certificate and Master of Science in Population Health Pharmacy are designed specifically for practicing pharmacists.  As pharmacists generally have a basic level of knowledge regarding population health, this degree will provide pharmacy specific population health content that is intended to elevate and expand existing pharmacists skill sets/skill sets.  The target audience for this program include pharmacists working within the following settings:

  • Community pharmacies
  • Health-systems
  • Managed care companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Medication safety organizations
  • State and federal agencies
  • Pharmaceutical industry