The minimum requirements that each student must meet to receive the MS in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) are outlined below.

MS in PHSR Curricular Requirements

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The MS in PHSR is designed to be completed in two years. To receive a master’s degree, students must successfully complete select required courses – which include a group of core graduate courses in pharmaceutical health services research, research methods, and statistics – as well as six (6) credits of advanced courses in their chosen research area.

Some students might be required to take additional courses as deemed appropriate by the program director. In particular, students without strong computer programming skills may need elective courses.

To graduate, students must complete at a minimum:

Required Core Curriculum (22 credits)

  • PHSR 610   Pharmacy, Drugs and the Health Care System (3 credits)
  • PHSR 631   Computing and Analytic Methods for Observational
                         Studies (3 credits)
  • PHSR 650   CER & Pharmacoeconomics I (3 credits)
  • PHSR 701   Research Methods I (3 credits)
  • PHSR 704   Pharmacoepidemiology (3 credits)
  • PREV 600   Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • PREV 619   Introduction to SAS (1 credit)
  • PREV 620   Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits)

Advanced Coursework (12 credits)

Thesis Option:

  • Electives   Determined by student and program director (6 credits)
  • PHSR 799   Master’s Thesis (6 credits) if pursuing thesis option

Non-Thesis Option:

  • PHSR 702   Research Methods II (3 credits)
  • Electives   Determined by student and program director (9 credits)