PharmD Professional Electives Course List (SoP)

 

PharmD Professional Electives Policy


Note: Course offerings are subject to change. Please consult the timetable to confirm availability when you are planning your schedule. Not all courses below are offered every semester/year. Click on course title link in grid below to view course description. Course descriptions are separated into fall and spring semesters.


Course Number Course Title Credits Prerequisites Semester Offered Limit
Pharmaceutical Sciences (718)
Fall
625 Toxicology I 3 Biochemistry, Physiology 335 Fall 60
699 Independent Study 1-3 Consent of instructor Fall & Spring Unlimited
768 Pharmacokinetics 3 Consent of instructor Fall 25
Spring
430 Biological Interactions with Materials 3 DPH-1 Spring 112
626 Toxicology II 3 Toxicology 625 or consent of instructor Spring 60
699 Independent Study 1-3 Consent of instructor Fall & Spring Unlimited
Pharmacy (726)
Fall
635 Drug Interactions 2 DPH-3 Fall 20
Spring
490 Introduction to Specialty Pharmacy 2 732-411, 414, 511 Spring 20
640 Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency 2 DPH-3 or consent
Note: Not offered Spring of 2018
Spring 150
Pharmacy Practice (728)
Fall
470 Computer Applications in Pharmacy Practice 2 None Fall 24
490 Topics in Rural Health Practice 2 DPH-3 status Fall 18
550 Fluids and Electrolytes 2 DPH-3 or consent Fall 140
610 Leadership in Health-System Pharmacy 2 S&A Pharm 411, 414, 511, or consent of instructor Fall 24
611 Medical Imaging for Pharmacists 2 DPH-1 Fall 24
617 Health System Pharmacy Data Analysis and Informatics 2 DPH-3 and consent Fall 8
628 Practice Innovations I 1 DPH-3 status Fall 2
670 Veterinary Therapeutics 1 DPH-3 Fall & Spring 45
671 Introduction to Academic Pharmacy I 2 DPH-3 Fall 12
676 Seminars in Geriatrics 2 Completion of 556 Fall 10
677 Seminars in Cardiology 2 ≥ enrolled in 556 Fall 20
699 Independent Study 1-3 Consent of instructor Fall & Spring Unlimited
746 Interdisciplinary Care of the Child with Special Health Care Needs 3 DPH-1 Fall & Spring 18
Spring
490(3) Infectious Disease and Pharmacotherapy in Acute Care 1 ≥ enrolled in 656
Note: 2x/week for 1/2 of semester
Spring 40
490(7) Pharmacy Informatics I 1 DPH-1 Spring 32
490 Pharmacy Informatics II 1 Pharmacy Informatics I Spring 30
490(8) Seminars in Pharmacy Practice 1 DPH-1 Spring 45
490 (012) Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in HIV Care 1 Consent of instructor Spring 6 pharmacy students
559 Introduction to Antimicrobial Pharmacotherapy 1 DPH-2 only Spring 150
612 Radiopharmaceuticals 2 Phm Prac 611 or consent Spring 45
650 Comprehensive Immunization Delivery 1 DPH-2 Spring 150
657 Seminars in Pediatrics 2 DPH-3 or completion of 556 Spring 39
668 Seminars in Critical Care 2 Completion of Phm Prac 655 Spring 20
670 Veterinary Therapeutics 1 DPH-3 Fall & Spring 45
673 Seminars in Global Health Pharmacy 1 DPH-1 Spring 20
674 Seminars in Interprofessional Mental Health Care 2 DPH-3 Spring 20
679 Advanced Diabetes Management 2 DPH-3 Spring 12
699 Independent Study 1-3 Consent of instructor Fall & Spring Unlimited
710 Geriatric Pharmacy Practice 2 Completion of Phm Prac 655 Spring 40
746 Interdisciplinary Care of the Child with Special Health Care Needs 3 DPH-1 Fall & Spring 18
Social and Administrative Pharmacy (732)
Fall
490 Health Equity and Social Justice 2 Professional student standing Fall ~10 pharmacy students
622 Topics in Safety and Quality 3 DPH-1 or junior standing Fall of odd years 15
699 Independent Study 1-3 Consent of instructor Fall & Spring Unlimited
711 Research Methods for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research 3 2 statistics courses, including regression analysis and one research methods course; Graduate student status; or Consent of instructor Fall ~10
911 Research Seminar in Social & Administrative Pharmacy 1 Graduate student status or
Consent of instructor
Fall & Spring ~20
Spring
401 History of Pharmacy 2 Junior standing Spring 55
490 Topics in LGBTQ Health 3 Open to all health sciences students; Consent of instructor Spring 50
699 Independent Study 1-3 Consent of instructor Fall & Spring Unlimited
911 Research Seminar in Social & Administrative Pharmacy 1 Graduate student status or
Consent of instructor
Fall & Spring ~20

 

Elective Course Descriptions

Biological Interactions with Materials (PHM SCI 718-430; crosslisted with Biomedical Engineering 430)

Credits: 3

Semester offered: Spring

Course format: Lecture and lab; professional and graduate students are also evaluated on a group project and presentation based on clinical cases

Prerequisites: 1 year of general biology or two semesters of zoology, and 1 semester of organic chemistry, or consent of the instructor

Course objectives: (1) To understand and to integrate biology and material science and engineering; (2) to apply this integrated knowledge in the design of materials for a specific biomedical application; (3) to develop critical experimental design and data assessment of data related to biological response to materials; (4) to be aware of the clinical utility and limitation of materials for biomedical applications; (5) to have a practical understanding of biomaterial-based laboratory safety and techniques

Course content: Biomaterials are synthetic or biological materials used for the permanent augmentation or replacement of tissues, as well as for applications that require a relative short duration. A wide range of different materials is employed in the construction of biomedical devices, such as artificial blood vessels, mechanical heart valves, breast implants, orthopedic joints, dental filings, and devices such as intravenous catheters and drug delivery vehicles. This course addresses the basic biological systems governing the utilization of biomaterials and the range of materials currently being employed for biomedical applications. Various analytical techniques pertinent to biomaterial research and evaluation will also be discussed. Selected major medical fields in which biomaterials play a critical role will be discussed throughout the course.

Maximum enrollment: Approximately 130

Instructional staff: W.J. Kao, Pharmacy and Biomedical Engineering; J. Puccinelli, Biomedical Engineering and graduate student teaching assistants from the School of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical Division and the College of Engineering’s Department Biomedical Engineering

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking careers in: biotechnology; research and development; industry-based pharmacists; military pharmacists; pharmacists in non-traditional settings; regulatory pharmacists.

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Toxicology I (PHM SCI 718-625)

Credits: 3

Semester offered: Fall

Course format: Lecture

Prerequisites: Biochemistry 50l or PHM SCI 432, and Physiology 335 or consent of instructor

Course objectives: This is a graduate level course open to undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing graduate study in toxicology, pharmacology or an allied profession or who want to obtain a more thorough understanding of toxicology. The objective of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the principles of toxicology, the biochemical mechanisms of toxicity in mammalian species and man, correlations between morphological and functional changes caused by toxicants in different organs of the body, and the techniques for evaluating toxicity.

Course content: Fundamentals of toxicant absorption, tissue distribution, excretion and metabolism; application of pharmacokinetic principles to quantify toxicant accumulation and elimination; analytical methods to study toxicant metabolism; basic information on receptor theory, spare receptors, competitive and noncompetitive antagonists; methods to study receptor binding; and the influence of genetic polymorphisms and mutations on toxicant disposition and action at the whole animal level are presented. Subsequent lectures cover patterns and general mechanisms of cell injury and morphological and biochemical functional alterations in specific cellular structures. A discussion of methods in histological tissue assessment using light, electron and scanning electron microscopy is followed by lectures in hepatotoxicity and renal toxicity. Emphasis is placed on biochemical alterations which initiate the organ toxicity, temporal development of toxicity, and correlation of morphologic alterations with deleterious changes in organ function. Chemical carcinogenesis is covered by presenting trends in cancer mortality and incidence, structural variety and metabolism to reactive electrophiles of chemical carcinogens, the role of genes in controlling responses to toxic agents; tumor initiation and promotion are discussed; and the application of in vitro toxicity tests and their relationship to the in vivo assessment of the toxicity of a substance are presented.

Maximum enrollment: Unlimited

Instructional staff: R. Burnette, R. Moore, R. Peterson, Pharmacy; R. Albrecht, Vet. Sci.; H. Pitot, A. Poland, Oncology; M. Gould, A. Verma, G. Wilding, Human Oncology; A. Elfarra, Vet. School; C. Jefcoate, Pharmacology Med. School; L. Allen-Hoffmann, Pathology

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking careers in: Pharmaceutical industry, academia and/or research (pharmacology, toxicology, pathology, oncology), clinical specialties

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Toxicology II (PHM SCI 718-626)

Credits: 3

Semester offered: Spring

Course format: Lecture

Prerequisites: Toxicology 625 or consent of instructor

Course objectives: This is a graduate level course organized as a continuation of the material begun in Toxicology 625; it is also geared toward graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing graduate study in toxicology, pharmacology or an allied profession or who want to obtain a more thorough understanding of toxicology. The objectives of this course are to provide the student with a basic understanding of methods and fundamental biochemical mechanisms of toxicity in several mammalian organ systems, in vivo and in vitro methods for assessment of safety and risks of toxicants, and mechanisms of species specificity.

Course content: The course begins with a series of lecture units which present toxicant-induced functional and morphological alterations in mammalian and human organ systems. The specific systems and the fundamental mechanisms of toxicant effects that are covered are the blood and immune systems, the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, the peripheral and central nervous system, and the gastrointestinal system. Central nervous system directed behavioral effects, and reproductive and teratogenesis effects of toxicants are discussed. In addition, factors which should be considered in planning and evaluating experiments, including safety regulations and standards, experi-mental design analysis and decision making factors will be presented. Also, methods of studying the distribution of toxicants throughout the environment, with emphasis on the mechanisms of distribution and chemical alteration of toxic material, will be presented. Finally, fundamentals of the mechanisms of action in nonmammalian species will be presented with emphasis on mechanisms of toxicant specificity.

Maximum enrollment: 60

Instructional staff: S. Oakes (coordinator); P. Bass, J. Robinson, R. Moore, Pharmacy; W. Ershler, G. Odell, Medicine; R. Albrecht, R. Hall, Vet. Sci.; L. Davis, R. Moss, Physiology; B. Olson, Prev. Medicine; N. Laughlin, Ed. Psychology; K. Mackenzie, RMT, Inc.; T. Thackur, M. Weiler, Hazelton Labs; G. Heatley, Ophthalmology; M. Betley, Bacteriology; M. Gould, Human Oncology; C. Marcus, Pharmacol & Toxicol., Purdue University; M. Walker, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking careers in: Pharmaceutical industry, academia and/or research (pharmacology, toxicology,pathology, oncology), clinical specialties

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Drug Interactions (PHM SCI 726-635)

Credits: 2

Semester offered: Fall

Course format: Lecture

Prerequisites: DPH-3 or consent of instructor

Course objectives: To develop generally applicable methodologies for assessing the potential for clinically relevant drug-drug interactions and how to appropriately avoid them once identified.

Course content: This course covers the major classes of drug-drug interactions, specifically, pharmacokinetic interactions due to absorption, displacement, and elimination. In addition, pharmacodynamic drug-drug interactions will be addressed. This course integrates knowledge gained in previous courses (primarily from biopharmaceutics and therapeutics) in a manner that yields methodologies for analyzing and assessing different classes of drug-drug interactions. Rather than being disease-specific, these skills will allow students to assess the interaction (positive or negative) of drugs in a broader, more generally underlying context. The course format is one of open discussion of clinically relevant drug-drug interactions as described in the current literature. As such, students will have the opportunity to present papers discussing clinically relevant drug interactions to the rest of the class with the free exchange of ideas between all class members and instructors fully encouraged.

Maximum enrollment: 20

Instructional staff: Professors Burnette and Gidal

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking careers in: Clinical Pharmacy.

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Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency (PHM SCI 726-640)

Credits: 2

Semester offered: Spring

Course format: Lecture

Prerequisites: DPH-3 standing, or consent of instructor

Course objectives: To discuss the pharmacology and toxicology of addictive substances, as well as the pathophysiologic implications of the use of these drugs. Pharmacotherapeutic approaches will be presented in depth, as well as the availability of treatment programs in Wisconsin.

Course content: Topics will include:

  1. the pharmacology and toxicology of addictive substances (alcohol and other CNS depressants, narcotics, stimulants, hallucinogens, PCP, marijuana, solvents)
  2. pharmacotherapeutic approaches for alcoholism, opiate addiction, cocaine addiction, nicotine addition
  3. impaired health professionals program
  4. trends of substance abuse in Wisconsin
  5. ethical issues of substance abuse in health care delivery
  6. legalization of abused substances: a harm reduction strategy?

Methods of evaluating student achievement: This course will be graded on an A-F basis; there will be midterm and final exams.

Maximum enrollment: 150

Instructional staff: Professors Steven Oakes and Orly Vardeny and invited lecturers

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking careers in: Community pharmacy, institutional pharmacy, toxicology, governmental agencies

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Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency (PHM SCI 726-768)

Credits: 3

Semester offered: Fall

Course format: Lecture

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

Course objectives: The overall objective of this course is to introduce the student to the basic tools and concepts used in the pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic and pharmacogenomic characterization of drugs in living systems, using a physiologically based conceptual approach.

Course content: Physiologically based pharmaceutics; pharmacokinetic models; non-compartmental pharmacokinetics; physiological pharmacokinetic models; species scaling; pharmacodynamic models; integration of pharmacogenomics with the previously mentioned topics; use of Berkeley Madonna to develop computer simulations for the above seven topics along with sensitivity analysis, curve fitting and error analysis procedures.

Maximum enrollment: Approximately 25

Instructional staff: R. Burnette, Pharmacy

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking careers in: pharmaceutical industry; research and development; academic pharmacist; drug information specialist; critical care pharmacist; industry-based pharmacist; pharmacist in non-traditional setting; veterinary pharmacists.

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Computer Applications in Pharmacy Practice (PHM PRAC 728-470)

Credits: 2

Semester offered: Fall

Course format: Lecture and lab

Prerequisites: None, though it is assumed that the student is already familiar with either Windows or Macintosh systems and the notion of point and click software. We also assume that the student has some basic word processing skills. Students for whom these are not true should meet with one of the instructors before the start of class or within the first week or two of class to learn these skills.

Course objectives: The underlying assumption of this course is that pharmacy is a vast information base, and that pharmacists primarily work with and dispense knowledge and understanding. A primary way for pharmacy to use this information base is through computer systems. Therefore, the primary objective of the course is to provide the pharmacy student with a solid understanding of computers: how they work, how they are used, and the implications of using computers in various circumstances.

Course content: The instructors use lecture time to present a variety of computer and computer/pharmacy related topics. Some of the topics discussed are PC history, hardware components and functions, pharmacy practice applications, network and Internet concepts, legal issues, security issues, and database concepts. There will be presentations on pharmacy applications. Other topics will be added as time permits. Some lecture time will be used to go over some of the more complex assignments and for student group presentations. In lab, we learn about the different features and functions found in the Microsoft Office suite of products (Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Frontpage). We assume students are already familiar with MS Word; however we may have one lab (or two) where we cover some features of Word such as mail merge, envelopes/labels, or other tools. Lab time is used primarily for discussion of the different features and for starting assignments.

Methods of evaluating student achievement: Group project presentation (25%), research paper/exam (25%), assignments (50%).

Maximum enrollment: Limited to 24 students (12 per lab)

Instructional staff: Professor Michael Pitterle and Mr. John DeMuth

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking careers in: Any aspect of pharmacy practice.

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Topics in Rural Health Practice (PHM PRAC 728-490)

Credits: 2

Semester offered: Fall

Course format: Active discussion

Prerequisites: DPH-3 status

Course objectives: Discuss and assess the opportunities for pharmacy practice in rural settings, with an emphasis on community assessment, service development, and interprofessional collaboration.

Course content: Rural life, epidemiology of rural areas, rural healthcare delivery, interprofessional care in rural communities, community pharmacy leadership, inpatient pharmacy leadership, ambulatory care pharmacy leadership, underserved populations, healthcare reform, “current events” in rural healthcare topics discussions.

Methods of evaluating student achievement:

Maximum enrollment: 18

Instructional staff: Ed Portillo, PharmD; David Mott, PhD, FAPhA, Rph; John Dopp, PharmD, MS; Robert Breslow, RPh; Kevin Look, PharmD, PhD; Mara Kieser, MS, RPh

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Infectious Disease Pharmacotherapy in the Acute Care Setting (PHM PRAC 728-490[3])

Credits: 1

Semester offered: Spring, beginning midway through semester

Course format: Lecture with active discussion

Prerequisites: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Phm Prac 656

Course objectives: Develop knowledge and clinical skills pertaining to drug selection, dosing, and monitoring of antimicrobials used to treat hospitalized patients with serious life-threatening infectious diseases.

Course content: Topics: Pathogen identification beyond cultures; significance of resistance/inpatient-specific antibacterials; antibiotic pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics; combination therapy/synergy; intraabdominal infections; controversies in aminoglycoside/vancomycin pharmacokinetics; febrile neutropenia; endocarditis; catheter-related bloodstream infections; viral hepatitis; nosocomial pneumonia; meningitis; sepsis; systemic fungal infections; modifying anti-HIV regimens; opportunistic infections in AIDS.

Format: Reading assignments (1-3 articles/topic) with instructor-led discussions in class.

Methods for evaluating student achievement: On line quizzes (10)

Maximum enrollment: 40

Instructional staff: Steve Ebert, PharmD, Clinical Specialist, Infectious Diseases, and Clinical Professor, UW School of Pharmacy; Jill Strayer, PharmD, HIV Pharmacist and Clinical Instructor, UW School of Pharmacy

This course will be particularly beneficial for: PharmD students who are interested in practicing pharmaceutical care in a hospital setting, but will also be useful as preparation for 740 and/or 760 rotations in hospitals in the DPM-4 year.

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Seminars in Critical Care (PHM PRAC 728-490)

Credits: 2

Semester offered: Spring

Course format: Lectures, small group discussions, case presentations

Prerequisites: Completion of Phm Prac 655 & 550

Course content: The objectives of this course are to: critically review published research so as to apply evidence-based medicine principles to future practice; design a therapeutic regimen consisting of both non-drug and drug therapy that is appropriate for an individual patient based on clinical condition (severity of illness), concomitant diseases and medications.

Course topics include: How to be an ICU pharmacist; pain, agitation, and delirium; PAD; vasopressors/sepsis; sepsis controversies; ventilators; seizures/status epilepticus; reversal of anticoagulation; neurocritical care topics; RSI/ED topics; status asthmaticus/COPD exacerbations; DVT/PE/SUP; AKI/RRT; liver failure/HRS/encephalopathy; antibiotic issues in critical care; toxicology.

Methods for evaluating student achievement: weekly quizzes; seminar attendance; level of participation in small and large group discussions; sepsis controversy and toxicology presentations; final exam.

Special Information: None

Maximum enrollment: 20

Instructional staff: Jeff Fish, Jennifer Garber, Melissa Heim, and Karen Kopacek; guest lecturers

This course will be particularly beneficial for: While this course could be valuable to any pharmacist, it is particularly applicable to anyone considering acute care practice or advanced specialty practice in critical care.

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Indtroduction to Specialty Pharmacy (PHM PRAC 728-490)

Credits: 2

Semester offered: Spring

Course format: Lectures, discussions, guest speakers

Prerequisites: DPH-3 standing

Course content: The objectives of this course are to: understand the basics of specialty pharmacy including market trends, contracting, and specialty pharmaceutical reimbursement, understand the impact that specialty pharmacy has on health systems and patient outcomes, gain hands on experience working through managerial topics in specialty pharmacy, understand the basics of how to start a specialty pharmacy program and the associated considerations.

Course topics include: Specialty Pharmacy marketplace, Specialty Pharmacy operations, distribution, and infrastructure, Specialty Pharmacy reimbursement and formulary management, Specialty Pharmacy patient management and outcome reporting, establishing a Specialty Pharmacy and quality and accreditation issues, Specialty Pharmacy pipeline and manufacturers’ perspectives. Methods for evaluating student achievement: Student reflections and quizzes, class attendance.

Special Information: None

Maximum enrollment: 20

Instructional staff: David Mott, Barry Gidal, Andy Pulvermacher, Scott Canfield, guest lecturers.

This course will be particularly beneficial for: This course will be useful for all pharmacists, but will be particularly useful for pharmacists who are interested in Specialty Pharmacy or are considering a residency in Specialty Pharmacy, ambulatory care, or managed care.

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Fluids and Electrolytes (PHM PRAC 728-550)

Credits: 2

Semester offered: Fall

Course format: Lecture

Prerequisites: DPH-3 or consent of instructor

Course objectives: The objectives of this course are to instruct students in: 1. The principles of fluid and electrolyte homeostasis. 2. How to use these principles to evaluate patients for fluid, electrolyte, and nutritional disorders. 3. How to design therapy to prevent and correct the disorders.

Course content: Clinical disorders of water, sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous and acid-base balance are discussed, including brief presentations of example patients. Special considerations in the management of patients with diabetic ketoacidosis, shock, edema, and burns are discussed. There are also general discussions of the hazards of parenteral therapy, and the equipment used for parenteral therapy.

Methods for evaluating student achievement: Open-note exams and problem sets are used to determine the course grade.

Special Information: While this class could be valuable to any pharmacist, it is particularly applicable for anyone considering hospital practice or advanced training in clinical practice (such as residency programs).

Maximum enrollment: Unlimited

Instructional staff: Professor Ron Sorkness

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking careers in: Hospital pharmacy, nursing home pharmacy, home infusion therapy, academia and/or research (professional practice teaching [clinical faculty member]), clinical specialties

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Introduction to Antimicrobial Pharmacotherapy (PHM PRAC 728-559)

Credits: 1

Semester offered: Spring

Course format: This is an online, asynchronous course composed of numerous modules. All course information and materials will be available in the course management system Moodle.

Prerequisites: DPH-2 standing, or consent of instructor

Course objectives: Prepare pharmacy students for monitoring and patient use of antimicrobials during internships to ensure safe and effective patient use of antimicrobials.

  1. Assess an antibiotic prescription in outpatient and inpatient settings for safety and efficacy based on patient-specific criteria.
  2. Provide a safe and effective antibiotic patient consultation.
  3. Recognize when a patient with an infection should be referred to a provider for evaluation.
  4. Monitor a patient’s response to an antimicrobial.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of common infections.
  6. Identify first-line antimicrobials for common infections.
  7. Demonstrate competence in utilization of antimicrobial resources available through responding to drug information questions in the inpatient out outpatient settings.

Course content: Examples of modules include: antimicrobial basics, antimicrobial prescription assessment, antimicrobial stewardship, upper and lower respiratory infections, infectious diarrhea, bone and joint infections, and sexually transmitted infections.

Methods for evaluating student achievement: This course will be graded on an A-F basis and will include the following: Module Assignments, an exam question creation post, response to an inpatient and outpatient drug information question, and a final exam.
Special Information: Students registered for the course will be permitted to access the course and complete the majority (if not all) of course content over winter break, prior to the start of the spring semester.

Maximum enrollment: 160

Instructional staff: Barnett, Susanne; Rose, Warren; Berti, Andrew

This course will be particularly beneficial for: students interested in completing an internship after his/her DPH-2 year.

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Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in HIV Care [PHM PRAC 728-490 (012)]

Credits: 1

Semester offered: Spring

Course format: Blended learning, including in-person lectures and activities (n=5), online learning sessions (n=6) and clinical observation sessions (n=2)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

Course objectives: Students will participate in the course as part of an interprofessional team of pharmacy, nursing and medical students, and develop an understanding of basic HIV prevention and care principles as well as principles of interprofessional collaborative practice.

Course content: The course will focus on the following areas:

  • The history of the HIV epidemic
  • Current HIV epidemiology, including populations disproportionately impacted by HIV
  • Principles of interprofessional practice and education
  • Basic principles of HIV prevention, diagnosis and treatment
  • HIV care models and the role of interprofessional teams in HIV care

Methods for evaluating student achievement: Student reflections, interprofessional team-based project and presentation

Maximum enrollment: 6 pharmacy students

Instructional staff:

  • Joseph Zorek, PharmD, BCGP, Assistant Professor and Director of Interprofessional Education, UW Madison School of Pharmacy
  • James Sosman, MD, FACP, Professor and Medical Director, UW Health HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Care Program, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Paula Jarzemsky, MS, RN, Clinical Professor and Interprofessional Program Director, UW-Madison School of Nursing
  • Guest lecturers

The course will be of value to: pharmacy and other health professions students seeking careers in infectious disease and HIV health care settings

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Medical Imaging for Pharmacists (PHM PRAC 728-611)

Credits: 2

Semester offered: Fall

Course format: Lecture

Prerequisites: DPH-1 standing; other pharmacy students may take this course with the consent of the instructor

Course objectives: Medical Imaging for Pharmacists is a course intended to introduce the concepts of radiation to a practicing pharmacist, as well as provide a basic overview of the use of radiation and the technology available in a Radiology Department. After this class, a practicing pharmacist would have a better understanding of patient experiences in a Radiology exam and would be more equipped to discuss with a patient in a hospital or retail pharmacy what to expect during a radiology procedure, the risks of radiation, possible interactions or events associated with contrast, and the general properties of isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals. This class is a pre-requisite to Radiopharmaceuticals 612, which is a concentrated study of radiopharmaceuticals used in the Nuclear Medicine Department.

Methods for evaluating student achievement: Grading is on an A-F basis (1/3 on take-home problems, 1/3 on midterm exam, and 1/3 on final exam)

Special Information: While this class could be valuable to any pharmacist, it is particularly applicable for anyone considering hospital practice or advanced training in clinical practice (such as residency programs).

Maximum enrollment: 28

Instructional staff: Scott Knishka, Senior Nuclear Pharmacist, UW CSC Dept. of Radiology

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking careers in: Hospital pharmacy, pharmaceutical industry, academia and/or research (pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry, and others where radiotracers are used), nuclear pharmacy.

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Radiopharmaceuticals (PHM PRAC 728-612)

Credits: 2

Semester offered: Spring

Course format: Lecture

Prerequisites: Phm Prac 611 or consent of instructor

Course objectives: This is a lecture course in which the student will be presented an overview of the theories and mathematics involved. As a result of completing this course the student will:

  1. Have an appreciation for the value of radioactivity and tracer methodology in diagnosis, therapy, and medical research.
  2. Have an understanding of pharmacy’s involvement in nuclear medicine.
  3. Be competent in the basic mathematics of nuclear pharmacy, including radioactive decay calculations, concentration and dose/volume calculations, pediatric dose adjustment calculations.
  4. Be able to describe the chemistry, quality control, pharmacology, indications, and dosage of all commonly used radiopharmaceuticals.
  5. Have a basic understanding of radiation and its biological effects.
  6. Have a basic understanding of the regulatory aspects of nuclear pharmacy.
  7. Be eligible for 300 hours credit toward the 4000 hour experience requirement to sit for the Nuclear Pharmacy Specialty Certification Exam.

Course content: 1) Fundamentals of radiation physics; 2) Radiation methodology; 3) Medical applications of radionuclides; 4) Radiopharmaceuticals; 5) Biological effects of radiation; 6) Regulatory aspects

Methods for evaluating student achievement: Grading is on an A-F basis (1/3 on take-home problems, 1/3 on midterm exam, and 1/3 on final exam)

Special Information: While this class could be valuable to any pharmacist, it is particularly applicable for anyone considering hospital practice or advanced training in clinical practice (such as residency programs).

Maximum enrollment: Unlimited

Instructional staff: Scott Knishka, Senior Nuclear Pharmacist, UW CSC Dept. of Radiology

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking careers in: Hospital pharmacy, pharmaceutical industry, academia and/or research (pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry, and others where radiotracers are used), nuclear pharmacy.

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Leadership in Health-System Pharmacy (PHM PRAC 728-610)

Credits: 2

Semester offered: Fall

Course format: Lecture/Seminar

Prerequisites: S&A Pharmacy 411, 414, 511 or consent of the instructor

Course objectives: This course is designed to expose students to personal leadership qualities essential to operate efficiently within an integrated health care delivery system and advance the profession and practice of pharmacy. Students will gain a foundation to become future pharmacy leaders through an understanding of pharmacy’s continual evolution in the changing health care environment.

Course content: The course is taught in a seminar/discussion format. Emphasis will be placed on students applying didactic content to discussion and health system leadership. Interactions with practice leaders who are engaged in these activities will occur weekly.

Methods for evaluating student achievement: No exams or quizzes. 1) Attendance and participation in seminar and online discussion; 2) Practical application of course content through completion one written and oral assignment (e.g. meeting minutes, job description, meeting agenda, topic brief for legislators, interview panel member, meeting facilitator); 3) Writing or presenting a succinct business case for expanded pharmacy services within a health system.

Maximum enrollment: 24

Instructional staff: Dave Hager, Pharmacy Coordinator, UW Health; Steve Rough, Director of Pharmacy, UW Health; and invited guest instructors.
The course will be beneficial for PharmD students who are interested in becoming formal or informal leaders for the profession of pharmacy.

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Practice Innovations I (PHM PRAC 728-628)

Credits: 1

Semester offered: Fall

Course format: Discussion and independent project management

Prerequisites: DPH-3 status

Course objectives: In the Practice Innovations course, students apply foundational knowledge of project management to hands-on experience planning positive change within the health care system. Students in this course will learn to think strategically to critically assess a problem, identify solutions, and implement change. This course will specifically emphasize rural health practice. Students in this course will be strongly encouraged to enroll in Practice Innovation II, a 1-credit course in the Spring.

Course content: Project management skillset, abstract writing, how to develop an effective poster, developing a project charter, project plan, and communication plan.

Methods for evaluating student achievement: A written assignment, 2 quizzes, and a final examination will be used to determine the grade.

Maximum enrollment: 2

Instructional staff: Ed Portillo, PharmD; David Mott, PhD, FAPhA, Rph; Mara Kieser, MS, RPh

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Comprehensive Immunization Delivery (PHM PRAC 728-650)

Credits: 1

Semester offered: Spring

Course format: Lecture, one laboratory

Prerequisites: DPH-2 standing

Course objectives: 1) Apply the principles of immunization 2) Recommend vaccinations for patients based on their ages, concurrent illnesses or conditions, and lifestyle 3) Know how to implement and maintain a pharmacy-based immunization service 4) Develop Vaccine administration skills

Course content: This one-credit course will meet once per week during the semester for lecture, lab and examination. This course consists of a series of lectures covering important aspects of immunization immunology, epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccines in development, indications for vaccination, storage and handling of vaccines, immunization protocol development, emergency procedures, safety, marketing, and vaccine information sources and retrieval. Students will prepare written answers to vaccine-related drug information questions. Other brief assignments will be made throughout the semester to enhance the students’ understanding of the clinical use of immunization. A laboratory for students to gain experience with injection techniques will be held, and the final examination will follow.

Methods for evaluating student achievement: A written assignment, 2 quizzes, and a final examination will be used to determine the grade.

Maximum enrollment: 150

Instructional staff: Professor Mary Hayney, PharmD, MPH

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking careers in: Community pharmacy, managed care pharmacy, ambulatory pharmacy

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Seminars in Pediatrics (PHM PRAC 728-657)

Credits: 2

Semester offered: Spring

Course format: Lecture with active discussion

Prerequisites: Phm Prac 655

Course objectives: Develop knowledge and clinical skills pertaining to drug selection, dosing, and monitoring of drugs used in children, and in obstetrics.

Course Content: Pregnancy and Lactation, Perinatal Complications (Pre-term labor, Preeclampsia, Labor Induction, Obstetrical analgesia), Neonatology (Neonatal infections, Respiratory Distess Syndrome), Developmental Pharmacokinetics, Drug Dosing and Delivery, Pediatric Pain and Analgesia, Cystic Fibrosis Sickle Cell Disease, Management of Diabetes in Children, Fluids & Electrolytes, Leukemias and Lymphomas, Solid Tumors, Infectious Diseases in Children, Poisoning & Poison Prevention, Antidepressants / Antipsychotics / ADHD

Methods for evaluating student achievement: Maximum enrollment: 24

Instructional Staff: Professor Hutson (facilitator), Ann Ebert, PharmD, Roberta Aulie, PharmD, Tom Nelson, PharmD, Brian LaRowe, PharmD, Nikki Lokker, PharmD, Heather Donovan, PharmD, Frederick Kittel, PharmD, David Gummin, MD, Sarah Gdant, PharmD. This course will be of value to pharmacy students who are interested in practicing pharmaceutical care in a pediatric hospital setting. It will also be useful for those anticipating an outpatient practice who desire a deeper understanding of pediatric pathophysiology and pharmacotherapy.

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Veterinary Therapeutics (PHM PRAC 728-670)

Credits: 1

Semester offered: Fall & Spring

Course format: Lecture course and project option

Prerequisites: DPH-3 standing or consent of instructor

Course objectives: 1) To become aware of the roles and functions of veterinary medicine and pharmaceutical technology 2) To understand the role of regulatory medicine and relationships to drug therapy and animal health 3) To understand the functions of drug therapy in the treatment and prevention of disease in commercial, companion, and exotic animal species. 4) To become acquainted with medical-veterinary-social issues and their relationship to drug therapy

Course content: The student will become acquainted with the following issues: the organization and functions of veterinary medicine education and practice, the functions of veterinary dosage forms and methods of drug administration, the role of federal and state agencies, and the roles of drug compounding and drug distribution. Comparative pharmacokinetics and toxicology and their relationship to dose determination are presented. The relationship of zoonoses and human health is discussed. Drug management of ectoparasites and endoparasites is reviewed. Special emphasis is placed upon antibiotic and antifungal therapy veterinary species. The role of feed additives, drug residues, and nutritional therapy is discussed. CNS therapies including anesthesia, pain management, sedation, behavioral management, neurology, and euthanasia methods are presented. The role of vaccines and biologicals in health maintenance is reviewed. Special topics including dermatology, EENT therapy, endocrine and reproductive therapy, cardiology, chemotherapy, GI therapy, and alternative therapies are explored. The human animal bond, minor species, and special roles of animals such as the animal athlete are examined.

Maximum enrollment: 45

Instructional staff: James Budde, PharmD, RPh, Pharmacy Manager, UW Veterinary Care

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking careers in community and institutional pharmacy practice.

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Introduction to Academic Pharmacy I (PHM PRAC 728-671)

Credits: 2

Semester offered: Fall

Course format: Small group discussions; student case presentations

Prerequisites: DPH-3

Course objectives: Introduce and expose DPH-3 students to the role of the pharmacy educator. Specific objectives of this course are to: create and deliver an instructional module or activity; discuss a variety of instructional methodologies and assessment strategies; evaluate and discuss specific journal articles of interest to the student; employ interpersonal and intergroup behaviors effective in various teaching situations.

Course content: Academic misconduct/ethics, teaching strategies, teaching philosophies, discussion of teaching-related topics of interest to and chosen by students within the course. During the first few weeks of the course, faculty members will present seminars on selected teaching topics. For the remainder of the course, student groups will prepare and deliver discussions and journal clubs on teaching-related topics pertaining to the course objectives.

Maximum enrollment: 10 students

Instructional staff: S Barnett (coordinator); C Gallimore, M Pitterle, A Porter, and J Zorek

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking careers in: Academic Pharmacy; any pharmacist interested in precepting students (in any setting)

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Seminars in Global Health Pharmacy (PHM PRAC 728-673)

Credits: 1

Semester offered: Spring

Course format: One 50-minute seminar session per week for the entire semester

Prerequisites: No course prerequisites; students must be admitted to the School of Pharmacy

Course objectives: As a result of successfully completing this course, the student will be able to: 1. Understand and interpret the Millennium Development Goals from a health care professional/pharmacist perspective. 2. Understand the Global Pharmacy Practice Standards and compare these standards to actual practice around the world. 3. Identify ways that international organizations are working to improve pharmacy practice and education globally. 4. Compare and contrast issues raised in the classroom from an international and domestic perspective. 5. Identify an important topic related to this course, retrieve appropriate literature, and present a seminar (lecture and discussion) on the topic.

Course content: Medications are vitally important to global health. Yet the appropriate selection, use and distribution of medications are problematic in many regions of the world. The role and contributions of the pharmacist also are underdeveloped in many countries. In this course students will examine issues related to medication accessibility, selection and distribution and will explore the contributions of pharmacists and the pharmacy profession to medication use and safety from a global perspective. During the first few weeks of the course, faculty members will present seminars on selected topics of global health. For the remainder of the course, students will prepare and deliver a seminar on a global health topic related to the course objectives. Students will also prepare a written report summarizing the seminar presentation.

Methods for evaluating student achievement: Students will be graded on a credit/no credit basis. Contributing factors to the student’s grade are attendance, class participation, the quality of the student’s seminar presentation, and the quality of the student’s written report of the seminar presentation.

Maximum enrollment: Minimum of 10 students, maximum of 20

Instructional staff: Professors Connie Kraus and Thomas Thielke

Summary: This course expands School of Pharmacy offerings in our global health program. For many students, this may be an introduction to global health issues and how the pharmacist can become involved at the global level. In addition to gaining content knowledge, students will strengthen their skills in literature retrieval and analysis as well as developing further their skills in public presentation.

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Seminars in Psychiatric Pharmacy (PHM PRAC 728-674)

Credits: 2

Semester offered: Spring

Course format: Two class hours per week. The first class hour will consist of the traditional lecture format. The second hour will involve active class discussion, student presentations, and small group work.

Prerequisites: Pharm Prac 728-555 Pharmacotherapy I

Course objectives: By the end of the course students will have a greater understanding of drug therapy and the role of the pharmacist in the management of patients with select psychiatric conditions.

Course content: This course addresses the pharmacotherapeutic management of various psychiatric conditions. Each class period a different psychiatric condition will be the focus of lecture and discussion. The course is designed to expand upon and advance the discussion of psychiatric conditions previously covered in Pharm Prac 728-555 Pharmacotherapy I, and to cover brand new topics not previously taught. A special emphasis will be placed on the role of the pharmacist in the care of patients with mental health conditions. Throughout the semester, the course utilizes a mixture of teaching techniques including lecture, case development and discussion, small group work, and student presentation.

Methods for evaluating student achievement: Students will be evaluated and grades will be assigned based on completion and quality of course work, and in-class participation. Course work will include pre-class readings, small group presentations and projects, patient case development, and a written clinical inquiry in the area of psychiatric pharmacy.

Maximum enrollment: 20 students

Instructional staff: Casey Gallimore, PharmD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Summary: Seminars in Psychiatry is a 2-credit elective course focused on the drug therapy management of psychiatric conditions. A variety of teaching techniques including lecture, case development and discussion, small group work, and student presentation will be utilized to enhance student knowledge and understanding in the area of psychiatric pharmacy.

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Seminars in Geriatrics (PHM PRAC 728-676)

Credits: 2

Semester offered: Fall – Thursdays from 8:50 to 10:45 am

Course format: Seminars; Small group discussion

Prerequisites: Completion of Phm Prac 556 (Pharmacotherapy II)

Course objectives: The objective of this course is to critically appraise evidence supporting a practice, problem, or disease management intervention in the elderly and to have an increased understanding of this evidence.

Course content: The course is under revision. Topics covered in the past that may or may not be included in the 2013 iteration of the course include: Quality of life,health promotion and disease prevention, complementary medicine, dizziness/syncope, palliative care/end-of-life, anemia, renal disease, skin disorders, sexuality and sexual dysfunction, frailty syndrome/failure to thrive, elder abuse, driving

Methods for evaluating student achievement: No exams; attendance; level of participation in and preparation for interactive discussions including case studies; structured presentation of journal articles, facilitate article discussion, presentation of contemporary news about aging

Maximum enrollment: Limited to 10 students (Will be canceled if fewer than 6 students register for the course)

Instructional staff: Robert M. Breslow

The course will be beneficial for PharmD students who are interested in caring for older adults and who wish to have a better understanding of the literature directing clinical decision making. The course will expose students to research being undertaken to advance our understanding of aging and to more effectively manage geriatric patients pharmacologically and non-pharmacologically. The interested student will be expected to participate actively in the course. Course faculty will facilitate some discussion, but students will be actively involved in their own learning and the learning of the other students in the course.

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Seminars in Cardiology (PHM PRAC 728-677)

Credits: 2

Semester offered: Fall

Course format: Lectures; small group discussions; case presentations

Prerequisites: Completion of Phm Prac 556

Course objectives: The objectives of this course are to: critically review published research so as to apply evidence-based medicine principles to future practice; describe clinical applications of patient care from the perspective of other disciplines; design a therapeutic regimen consisting of both drug and non-drug therapy that is appropriate for an individual patient based on clinical condition (severity of illness), concomitant diseases, and medications; and explain disease processes, pharmacotherapy decisions, and other information relevant to patient education.

Course content: Lipid management, metabolic syndrome, peripheral arterial disease, arrhythmias, heart failure, medical devices for hemodynamic monitoring and cardiac support, heart transplantation, acute coronary syndrome, sudden cardiac arrest, cardiogenic shock, stroke, endocarditis, and advanced cardiac life support.

Methods of evaluating student achievement: No exams; weekly quizzes; seminar attendance; level of participation in small and large group discussions; reflection papers, written journal article analysis, and written patient case evaluations; verbal patient case, journal club, and cardiac disease presentations; written drug monograph and presentation; and one professional conference attendance will be evaluated by the instructor.

Maximum enrollment: Limited to 20 students

Instructional staff: Professors Orly Vardeny and Karen Kopacek; guest lecturers

Special information: While this course could be valuable to any pharmacist, it is particularly applicable to anyone considering acute care practice or advanced specialty practice in cardiology and critical care.

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Advanced Diabetes Management (PHM PRAC 728-679)

Credits: 2

Semester offered: Spring

Course format: Lecture/Seminar/Online

Prerequisites: DPH-3 standing or consent of instructor

Course objectives: This course is designed to provide learners with enhanced education on diabetes topics in an interprofessional environment. Emphasis is placed on current approaches to the medical management of patients with diabetes as well as the role of health team members in diabetes education and coaching/case management.

Course content: The course is taught using the following formats: seminar/discussion, workshop, and on-line learning modules, School of Nursing simulation lab, and real-life immersion experiences. Discussion and interactive activities will be based on readings, assignments, and experiences. Emphasis will be on integrating didactic information/knowledge and applying it to practice and case situations.

Topics will include: insulin delivery and other diabetes devices; medical nutrition therapy; exercise therapy; special populations (children, adolescents, preconception and pregnancy, older adults); diabetes education. Invited experts may facilitate discussion on select topics.

Methods for evaluating student achievement:

  • Attendance and participation in class discussion (including pre-class preparation)
  • Completion of online learning modules and question sets
  • Summarization of topics in reflective journal format
  • Group participation in simulation lab
  • Real-world immersion experiences and in-class reports

Maximum enrollment: 16 (12 pharmacy + 4 nursing)

Instructional staff: Professor Denise Walbrandt Pigarelli and Professor Sarah Kruger

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking careers in: Clinical ambulatory care pharmacy, pharmacy practice or community pharmacy residencies, long-term care pharmacy clinical specialties

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Geriatric Pharmacotherapy (PHM PRAC 728-710)

Credits: 2

Semester offered: Spring – Thursdays from 8:50 – 10:45

Course format: Traditional lecture, required reading, mini-lectures with group discussion

Prerequisites: Completion of Phm Prac 655 (Pharmacotherapy III)

Course objective: The goal of the Geriatric Pharmacotherapy course is to familiarize the student with issues relevant to the aging population. The course builds upon pre-existing clinical skills and prior course content. The course will emphasize the broader aspects of health care of the elderly, including psychological, sociological and financial elements that influence pharmacotherapeutic management. The course will expose students to the role that pharmacists can play in various geriatric-related health care environments and the critical thinking that will be necessary to optimize care and minimize risk.

Course content: The class will be a mix of traditional lecture, mini lectures plus required readings (Journal Articles) with student generated discussion. Topics will include:

  • the unique characteristics and issues that differentiate the geriatric population from other age groups (e.g., biology, sociology, and physiology of aging, socioeconomic & ethical issues in aging; long term care / living options; assessment, communication, adverse drug events; mobility, gait disturbances, and falls). These topics will make up approximately 40% of the course.
  • disease states (e.g., hypertension, CHF, stroke, pain, insomnia, Parkinson’s, depression, anxiety, dementia and delirium, diabetes, thyroid disease, urinary incontinence, BPH, infectious disease). These topics will make up approximately 60% of the course.

Methods for evaluating the student: No exams; attendance; two assignments designed to apply course content; level of participation in and preparation for interactive discussions by completing course readings, submitting discussion questions and contributing to active group interaction. Course faculty will facilitate some discussion, but students will be actively involved in their own learning and the learning of the other students in the course.

Maximum enrollment: 40

Instructional staff: Professors Breslow and Joseph Zorek

This course will be beneficial for PharmD students who are interested in caring for older adults and wish to have a better understanding of the needs of the elderly – social and medical. This course will (1) provide insight into the complexities of treating older adults that stems from multiple co-morbidities and their accompanying medication burden; and (2) be an opportunity to hone critical thinking skills to care for complex patients.

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Interdisciplinary Care – Child / Chronic Illness (PHM PRAC 728-746)

Credits: 3

Semester offered: Fall

Course format: Online

Prerequisites: DPH-1 standing

Course objectives: This is an interdisciplinary course, offered through the Pediatric Pulmonary Center, which integrates knowledge from medicine, nursing, social work, nutrition, regional services, respiratory therapy, and pharmacy. Emphasis is placed on critical transition points in the care of children with chronic lung disease and their families which also can be applied to other populations of children with chronic illness.

Course content: Course topics include: provision of education to patients with chronic lung diseases; interdisciplinary team functioning; issues regarding use of medications in children with chronic lung disease; respiratory therapy services and equipment; pathophysiology of chronic lung disease; nutritional support; nursing and social work support; home care issues; community, state, and national resources available to the child and public policy issues and advocacy.

Methods for evaluating student achievement: Participation in class activities; observation visits to two interdisciplinary health team conferences with written report; interdisciplinary group analysis, class presentation, and written report on a case involving complex care of a child with a chronic lung condition.

Maximum enrollment: 15 (Maximum of 5 Pharmacy students)

Instructional staff: Becki Tribby (K6/233 Clinical Sciences Center)

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking careers in: Institutional pharmacy, community pharmacy, clinical specialties (including pediatrics).

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History of Pharmacy (S&A PHM 732-401)

Credits: 2

Semester offered: Spring

Course format: Traditional lectures with substantial supporting readings

Prerequisites: Junior standing, or consent of the instructor

Course description: This course explores pharmacy’s past, beginning in pre-historical times up to the start of the 21st century. Presented in a chronological flow, the course will emphasize the development of medicines and the origins and growth of the pharmacy profession. About half of the course will concentrate on the history of pharmacy in the USA.

Course topics: Role of drugs and medicines in ancient civilizations; the appearance of professional pharmacy in the Middle Ages; the place of pharmacy in Renaissance Europe; contrast of pharmacy in Continental Europe versus Britain in early modern period; the drug trade in colonial America; changing theories of drug action; the beginnings of large-scale medicine manufacturing; pharmacy in Revolutionary War and War of 1812; establishment of the first associations and schools of pharmacy; the founding and growth of APhA; the soda fountain era in community pharmacy; the incomplete adoption of the new professionalism by pharmacists; 20th-century reforms of pharmacy education; World War Two and pharmacy; influence of science on pharmacy and pharmaceutical industry; count and pour era of practice; the introduction of clinical pharmacy; the HMO Act and managed care; the adoption of the single PharmD degree; the call for pharmaceutical care; workforce shortages and salary inflation; MTM; the future of pharmacy from one historian’s point of view.

Methods for evaluating student achievement: Midterm and final exams plus two short writing assignments

Maximum enrollment: 80

Instructional staff: Professor Higby

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking a broader understanding of the societal role of pharmacists. It will also deepen their appreciation of the professional underpinnings of pharmacy.

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Topics in LGBTQ Health (S&A PHM 732-490)

Credits: 3

Semester offered: Spring

Course format: Traditional lectures with substantial supporting readings

Prerequisites: Open to all health sciences students

Course topics: This 3-credit interprofessional elective course will engage LGBTQ health and well-being from a variety of disciplinary health sciences and social science perspectives. The course focuses on health status and outcomes at both the individual and community levels. Explored are mechanisms by which social mistreatment of LGBTQ individuals “gets under the skin” to affect health behaviors and health out-comes, how the healthcare setting both improves and detracts from LGBTQ health at population and individual levels as well as specific illnesses and medical processes of concern to members of these groups. This course will adopt an intersectional analysis of sexual orientation and gender identity with race, social class, and age whenever possible.

Methods for evaluating student achievement: Midterm and final exams plus two short writing assignments

Maximum enrollment: 50

Instructional staff: Cabell Hankinson Gathman, Molly Herrmann

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Health Equity and Social Justice (S&A PHM 732-490)

Credits: 2

Semester offered: Fall

Course format: Seminar/Discussion

Prerequisites: Must be a health sciences student

Course objectives:

  • Increased knowledge of social identities and cultural differences of self and others
  • Increased intercultural competencies in personal and professional environments
  • Skills in critical thinking and interpersonal communication
  • Knowledge and skills to engage others in dialogue and discussion around identity and inclusive learning in different spheres of influence
  • An understanding of the health disparities that exist between different social identities, such as race, socioeconomic status, age, etc.
  • An understanding of how social identity impacts understanding of the healthcare system, access to healthcare, patient/healthcare practitioner interactions, and patient care.

Methods for evaluating student achievement:

  • Participation and attendance
  • Completion of readings
  • Reading and practice reflections
  • Journal assignments

Special Information:
While this course is valuable to any healthcare practitioner, it is particularly applicable for anyone interested in pursuing practice areas focused on health equity and serving underserved patient populations.

Maximum enrollment: 25 students across the health sciences

Instructional staff: Richard Baker, Natasha Crooks, Susan Tran Degrand, Paula Inzeo, Raymond Neal, Alisa Pykett, Karin Silet, Yolanda Tolson

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking careers in any practice area.

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Topics in Safety and Quality (S&A PHM 732-622)

Credits: 3

Semester offered: Fall of odd years

Course format: The course is run as a graduate seminar with readings to guide discussion each session.

Prerequisites: DPH-1 or junior standing

Course objectives: (1) To review the conceptualization and measurement of safety and quality in health care and patient safety; (2) to illustrate basic concepts and methods in patient safety and quality as applied to current issues in health care; (3) to understand the diverse perspectives that can be used to address safety and quality issues in health care

Course content: The course focuses on the knowledge, skills, and methods required for improving healthcare delivery systems. The topics covered include: healthcare quality context and measurement, changing systems of care delivery, healthcare disparities, accountability and public policy, safety interventions and practices, health information technology, the science of teamwork, human factors, risk assessment methods, and leadership and governance. Additionally, students learn about the external environment that shapes health policy, particularly in regard to quality and safety.

Maximum enrollment: approximately 15

Instructional staff: M. Chui, Pharmacy

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking careers in: health-system, ambulatory, and retail pharmacy management and leadership, academia and/or research, and third-party and/or health plan administration.

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Research Methods for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research (S&A PHM 732-711)

Credits: 3

Semester offered: Fall

Course format: Lecture/discussion (graduate seminar) format in two of three weekly meetings. Students are required to read the assigned readings for each week and participate in discussions of the readings and their implications. The third weekly meeting will be run as a data lab, with a mix of instruction, individual assignment time, and course staff project consultation.

Prerequisites: Two statistics courses, including regression analysis and one research methods course or graduate student or consent of the instructor.

Course objectives: (1) To continue to develop the ability to identify and conceptualize problems and critically evaluate information and past research surrounding a problem; (2) to expose students to literature related to research methods and the application of research methods; (3) to expose students to concepts and techniques related to study variable measurement and purification; (4) to expose students to concepts and techniques related to data analysis; (5) to learn applications of measurement and data analysis concepts and techniques that are uniquely associated with pharmaceutical outcomes and policy research; (6) learn to use STATA software to analyze data and answer questions related to measurement and data analysis techniques; (7) to develop skills in scientific, research article writing; (8) to provide research project support (i.e., exposure to data sources, identification of research questions, identification of conceptual models, database management, measurement, and data analysis) to students working with data to answer research questions.

Course content: Development of skills in the methods, techniques, and problems encountered in conducting evaluations of pharmaceutical services, programs, and policies.

Maximum enrollment: Approximately 10

Instructional Staff: D. Mott, Pharmacy, and J. Thorpe, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking careers in: academic pharmacy; managed care pharmacy; pharmacy benefit management; pharmacy management; pharmacist in non-traditional settings

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Research Seminar in Social & Adminstrative Pharmacy (S&A PHM 732-911)

Credits: 1

Semester offered: Fall & Spring

Course format: This graduate-level seminar meets once weekly and varies in format from semester to semester to cover various research areas and approaches. You are encouraged to contact the SAS Division (262-3637 or 262-4257 to obtain a course description/format for the semester that you are considering enrolling). The seminar commonly has a “journal club” flavor, where student-led presentations and discussions focus on research within the social and administrative pharmacy domain. For each class meeting, each student is expected to contribute to group knowledge through discussion; the course requires extensive interaction among participants.

Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor

Course objectives: Depending on the semester that the seminar is offered, course objectives will consist of some or all of the following: (1) To develop a knowledge base about research in social and administrative pharmacy and related areas; (2) to enhance research and evaluation skills; (3) to develop and improve written and verbal communication skills, especially in regards to communicating research ideas to colleagues; (4) to learn and develop abilities associated with the publication process, including peer reviewing; (5) to provide research project support (i.e., research question support, literature synthesis, exposure to data sources, identification of research questions, identification of conceptual models, measurement, data analysis, identification of implications of findings, explanations for findings) to students conducting research.

Course content: See Course format and Course objectives, above. Course content can come from the lay press (e.g., Drug Topics, Wall Street Journal, APhA website, Pharmacy Today, etc.), from academic journals (e.g., BMJ Quality and Safety, Health Affairs, Health Policy, JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, Social Science & Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Patient Education and Counseling, etc.), or from drafts of articles students are in the process of writing.

Maximum enrollment: Approximately 20

Instructional Staff: D. Mott, Pharmacy

This course will be of value to pharmacy students seeking careers in: academia and/or research

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