Typically, pharmaceutical management courses are available through graduate certificate, master's degree and doctoral degree programs in pharmaceutical management, business administration and pharmacy. Some common programs include the Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a pharmaceutical management concentration, the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmacy Administration and the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D). Unlike the other programs, a Pharm.D program leads to licensure as a pharmacist.
Students in business programs often take additional courses in topics like accounting, global business, quality management and project management. Those in Pharm.D. programs complete extensive pharmacy coursework and clinical practica.
Here are some common topics covered in pharmaceutical management courses:
- Managerial professionalism
- Health care systems
- Drug research and development
- Pharmaceutical product development and marketing
- FDA standards
List of Courses
Professionalism for Pharmaceutical Managers Course
Students taking this course become familiar with the responsibilities of pharmaceutical managers. They practice using the math commonly used in the pharmacy field to calculate the amount of a drug or compound an individual will need. Students taking these courses should already be familiar with medical terminology, the uses of various drugs and the dangers associated with certain drugs. This course provides students with practical experience compounding and dispensing medications. Usually, it's taken towards the beginning of a pharmaceutical management degree program.
Pharmacy and Health Care Systems Course
Students in this course examine the laws and regulations governing the health care system in the United States. They examine the way these laws affect pharmaceutical managers and the way they provide care. Students solve problems relating to patients and the medicines they need. Usually, this class is completed midway through the degree program.
Research and Drug Development Through Clinical Trials Course
Students taking this pharmaceutical management class study the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations that must be met before a product can be approved. They examine what occurs during clinical trials so they can understand the how to formulate a clinical trial and can determine what type of study will work to research and test a drug. Students learn how the human participants in the product are protected. Students examine the history of the drug development process to understand what makes today's drugs safer than in the past.
Pharmaceutical Product Development and Marketing Course
Students learn the role pharmaceutical managers play in marketing a new product. They develop methods for selling a product and familiarizing individuals with its uses and possible side effects. This course often includes the ethical responsibilities of pharmaceutical managers to accurately describe the possible side effects to individuals who use the product. Pharmaceutical managers who go into research will also have the responsibility of developing products that meet FDA standards.