In addition to a PharmD degree, graduates receive a certificate in Medication Therapy Outcomes, Healthcare Management, Health Information Technology, or Medical and Clinical Affairs.
The MTO certificate program provides opportunities to develop skills to provide care for patients in rural settings, from underserved populations, in accountable care organizations, and throughout the continuum of care process.
The HCM certificate program offers management training and experience in dynamic healthcare settings. The curriculum emphasizes analytical and problem-solving skills in conjunction with a deep understanding of the healthcare environment.
The HIT certificate program will provide student pharmacists with the necessary skills to become leaders in healthcare technology and to understand the value technology brings to improving patient wellness and healthcare quality while reducing cost and enhancing the patient’s experience.
The MCA certificate program will provide student pharmacists with the skills needed to provide strategic, tactical, and operational direction within medical affairs to expedite the development and delivery of safe and effective healthcare products.
Pharmacists need to have specialized skills in chronic disease areas or practice settings to provide optimal patient-centered care. Skills in providing medication therapy review and patient education and consultation; developing practice-related business models or interprofessional approaches; and utilizing evidence-based medicine and safe use of healthcare products are needed to provide optimal pharmacotherapy outcomes. Additionally, graduates need to have in-depth understanding of population-based or specialty area of practice and the regulatory and safety issues associated with these various practice settings.
Driving down costs by achieving operational excellence is an essential skill in all areas of pharmacy practice including health-systems, community pharmacies and chains, the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, and government organizations. Operations management integrates quantitative and qualitative aspects of management to determine the most efficient and safe means of supporting health and patient care delivery while improving the organizations financial health. Pharmacists trained in this area can combine their expertise in medications and pharmacy practice with the principles of effective operations management to enhance the delivery of healthcare in fiscally responsible manner. They can use lean management principles to increase the value stream by reducing or eliminating defects in the system and enhancing steps that add value.
Medical and clinical affairs professionals play critical roles throughout the lifecycle of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biologics, and gene therapy. These professionals provide expertise in research and development, product approval and commercialization, clinical trials, manufacturing, labeling and advertising, and post-market surveillance. Pharmacists trained in these areas can combine their expertise in medications and pharmacy practice with clinical trial management, and regulatory affairs knowledge and skills to enhance the development and commercialization of healthcare products. The MCA certificate program will provide student pharmacists with the skills to provide strategic, tactical, and operational direction within medical affairs to expedite the development and delivery of safe and effective healthcare products.
Health IT—the advancement in interactive technology—and the availability of electronic health information are changing the way healthcare is delivered, managed, monitored, and assessed. Acknowledging a rapidly changing healthcare environment and accommodating the growing demand for pharmacists who are knowledgeable in both pharmacy practice and patient-centered healthcare technology.
The pharmacist can assist in developing ways to utilize data and design interactive technology to support/enhance clinical decision making to improve quality outcomes, increase treatment/medication adherence ,and safety.
The certificate program will provide pharmacists with the skills to be healthcare technology leaders and to understand the value of personalized technology to improve patient wellness and healthcare quality, lower cost, increase access, improve health literacy, and impact health behavior.