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Pharmaceutical Sciences: Health Outcomes Research and Policy Option - MS

The Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy offers interdisciplinary MS and PhD degree programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences.  Those pursuing one of these degrees must select one of four curricular options:  1) Medicinal Chemistry, 2) Pharmaceutics, 3) Pharmacology, or 4) Health Outcomes Research and Policy.

The Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology options are designed for students interested in the drug discovery or development processes, and are affiliated with the Department of Drug Discovery and Development.  Areas of interest include neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases, cancer, diabetes and other metabolic diseases, synthetic organic chemistry, forensic analytical chemistry and drug delivery, disposition and formulation.

The Health Outcomes Research and Policy option is designed for students interested in studying healthcare delivery, medication use and outcomes.  This option is affiliated with the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy.

Note that courses used to fulfill program core requirements may also be used to fulfill option specific requirements.

The MS degree is offered under the thesis option.  Students must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate courses (6000 - 8999). Thesis students register for Research and Thesis in semester(s) when working on the thesis, when submitting, defending or awaiting final approval of the thesis, and when taking final examinations. Candidates for the MS degree are required to prepare a thesis proposal and complete a proposal defense.

For the MS Program, students must complete a Core Curriculum outlined below.

Scientific Communications (Three credits required)3
Seminar (may be repeated multiple times for credit)
Introduction to Grant Writing
Seminar (may be repeated multiple times for credit)
Data Analyses and Interpretation (Three credits required)3
Design and Analysis in Education I
Pharmacokinetics
Drug Products and Biopharmaceutics
Advanced Medicinal Chemistry I
Organ Systems Pharmacology I
Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology & Toxicology I
Experimental Statistics I
Experimental Design (Three credits required)3
Research and Thesis (may be repeated multiple times for credit)
Research and Thesis (may be repeated multiple times for credit)
Option specific requirements for MS students pursuing the Health Outcomes Research and Policy option include:
PYPC 7510Health Services Delivery and Evaluation3
PYPC 7520Social and Behavioral Theory in Health3
PYPC 7530Pharmaceutical Economics, Outcomes, and Policy3
PYPC 7540Pharmacoepidemiology: Methods and Applications3
PYPC 7820Research Methods and Design Health Science I2
PYPC 7950Seminar (may be repeated multiple times for credit)1
PYPC 7990Research and Thesis (Total of 4 CR required)4
PYPS 7000Introduction to Grant Writing2
STAT 6110Sas Programming and Applications3
In addition to the specific core and option course requirements listed above, students must complete instructor approved graduate electives (6000-8999) to reach the 30 hour degree requirement.