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Program Structure and Courses

Program Structure and Courses

Program Structure

The certificate is structured around the core methods used to study drug use in large populations so as to inform pharmaceutical and health policy treatments decisions made by health care organizations, providers and patients. To earn the certificate, students must complete 4 courses for a total of 13 credit hours. This certificate can be earned in as few as two semesters (two courses each in the fall and spring semester) or can be spread out over a longer period (e.g., 4 semesters - one course per semester).

 Program Requirements

Required Courses

Hours

BSTT 400 - Biostatistics I

4

EPID 403 - Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles & Methods

3

PSOP 426 - Pharmacoepidemiology

3

PSOP 535 - Pharmaceutical Policy                            

3

Learn more about these courses on the Course Descriptions page.

The Pharmacoepidemiology certificate program promotes student and faculty interaction through online discussion groups and the use of virtual collaboration sessions. The course objectives are assessed by participation in discussion, quizzes and assignments. 

To earn the Pharmacoepidemiology certificate, students must maintain a 3.0 (out of 4.0) average for all certificate program courses.

Each student will receive graduate credit for the classes successfully completed, which could be transferred toward the fulfillment of a Masters or PhD degree at UIC (e.g. Masters or PhD in Public Health Epidemiology, or in Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy, or other). 

Course Descriptions

Students must complete 4 courses for a total of 13 credit hours. The courses (listed below) are structured around the core methods used to study drug use in large populations. Students and faculty interact through online discussion groups and the use of virtual collaboration sessions. Participants are assessed by their participation in discussions and performance on quizzes and assignments.

This certificate can be earned in as few as two semesters (two courses each in the fall and spring semester) or can be spread out over a longer period (e.g., 4 semesters - one course per semester). To earn the certificate, students must maintain a 3.0 (out of 4.0) average for all program courses.

Each student will receive graduate credit for the classes successfully completed, which could be transferred toward the fulfillment of a Masters or PhD degree at UIC (e.g. Masters or PhD in Public Health Epidemiology, or in Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy, or other).

Course Descriptions

BSTT 400 BIOSTATISTICS I (4 CREDIT HOURS)

Descriptive statistics, basic probability concepts, one- and two-sample statistical inference, analysis of variance, and simple linear regression.  Introduction to statistical data analysis software.

EPID 403 INTRODUCTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY:  PRINCIPLES AND METHODS (3 CREDIT HOURS)

Introduction to descriptive and analytic epidemiology, and determinants of health and disease in populations.  Measures of occurrence, association and statistical testing will be addressed, along with study designs, bias and confounding.

PSOP 426 PHARMACOEPIDEMIOLOGY (3 CREDIT HOURS)

Provides an introduction to pharmacoepdemiology and key concepts and principles that are unique to the study of medications in large populations.

PSOP 535 PHARMACEUTICAL POLICY (3 CREDIT HOURS)

This course covers key features of health care and pharmaceutical policy, and provides a framework for analyzing and evaluating current policy issues that affect the development and provision of safe, effective and affordable medications in the US and internationally.

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