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Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy

Location: Boston, Online
Start Term: Fall, Spring

The Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy (PEP) provides a flexible curriculum for advanced training in pharmaceutical economics and policy, and pharmacy administration. Focus areas of the Master of Science program include pharmaceutical economics and policy, global drug policy, pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research, health epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, and pharmacy management.

The Boston MS Program allows for either a Thesis or Non-Thesis option. The Online MS program is a Non-Thesis course of study and is intended primarily for part-time students.

Upon successful completion of the MS program in PEP, a graduate should be able to:

  • Assess the appropriateness of research designs for health care interventions for comparative effectiveness and health economic evaluations
  • Understand and interpret the results of statistical, epidemiologic and health economic analyses/evaluations
  • Assist pharmaceutical companies, payers or their consultants through accurate and complete reviews of appropriate clinical and economic literature
  • Assist pharmaceutical companies, payers or their consultants in the design of plans for assessing and documenting a product’s comparative clinical and economic value
  • PharmD or Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Bachelor’s degree in a related area (e.g., economics, sociology, or statistics) or a professional degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, or healthcare administration from an accredited college or university
  • TOEFL or IELTS, required of all applicants for whom English is not the primary spoken language. This test requirement may be waived on an individual basis for applicants who have attended all four years of high school in the United States or have an earned degree (bachelor’s or higher) from a U.S. college or university
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 36 semester hours at the graduate level.
  • Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all coursework taken at the University. The minimum grade for passing a course is B.
  • The Boston program requires successful completion of at least one continuous academic year in residence at the University.
  • Successful completion of all requirements for the Master of Science degree within a period of four years, including successful completion of the capstone project. In the Boston program, on an exception basis, with the approval of the faculty advisor, a student may undertake a thesis in lieu of the capstone project. Thesis students in the Boston program will take two semesters of the Graduate Seminar along with PEP 880 (4 credit hours).

Year I-Fall

PEP 801 Quantitative Methods in PEP 3
DRA 809 Health Epidemiology  3
PEP 802 Introduction to PEP 3
PEP 807 Introduction to HEOR  3
PEP 870 Gradate Seminar in PEP 1

Year I-Spring

PEP 810 Global Pharmaceutical Policy 3
Elective  3
PEP 804 Regression Analysis in PEP 3
PEP 870 Graduate Seminar in PEP 1

Year II-Fall

PEP 820 Market Access Pricing & Reimbursement  3
Elective  3
Elective  3
PEP 870 Graduate Seminar in PEP 1

Year II-Spring

PEP 840.A Non-Thesis Capstone:
Data Analysis and Presentation Capabilities in PEP

Total credits to complete degree requirements: 36 s.h.

Recommended Electives

DRA 802 Law and Health Policy of Drugs and Devices 3
DRA 804 FDA and Regulatory Affairs 3
DRA 808 Laws and Regulations Governing Human Research 3
DRA 811 Health Policy Development & Analysis 3
DRA 815 International Regulatory Affairs 3
PEP 806 Pharmacoepidemiology Applications 3
PEP 811 Pharmaceutical Marketing Applications 3
PEP 812 Healthcare Management Applications 3
PEP 813 Pharmacoeconomic Applications 3
PEP 814 Healthcare Decision Analysis 3
PEP 809 Introduction to SAS Programming  3
PEP 825 Health Services and Outcomes Research  3
PEP 808 Systematic Review and Meta Analysis  3
PEP 830 Practicum Pharm Business and Administrative Internships  3
PEP 899 Selected Topics in PEP 1-3

Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy - Online Program

This Online program is primarily intended for part-time students. Online program requirements are identical to those for the Boston MS non-thesis program except that:

  • The courses will generally be taken in a less concentrated manner (e.g. 2 per term) and in all cases, a student’s program should start with PEP 802
  • Courses will be offered in the summer term, enabling completion of the program in 2 calendar years
  • The non-thesis 3 credits of seminar requirement is substituted by an additional 3 credit elective

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