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Pharmacy Systems Science course descriptions

Organizational Management in Health Systems (3 credits)

This course will bring forward topics and discussions with the purpose of helping participants construct their ideal leadership structure. Topics will include identifying key leadership characteristics for colleagues and staff, insights into methods for constructing a team and organizational development topics aimed at developing a successful leadership. This is a required, three-credit course for students enrolled in the Pharmacy Systems Science certificate program.

Integrated Care Delivery System Leadership (3 credits)

This course will rely on different text, videos and in-person interviews/discussions with leaders in integrated care delivery systems. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with system-level leaders in pharmacy, medicine, managed care and other professional areas to hear how they have led an integrated care delivery system in their practice areas. The course format consists of recommended readings, lectures and writing projects.

Information Systems in Healthcare Delivery (3 credits)

This course will present students with an introduction to the field of biomedical informatics through the review of core technologies and data science (computational and analytical methods) used to improve patient outcomes/healthcare delivery. The course will focus on applications within the medical domain. The course is designed to build knowledge about informatics in healthcare operations and clinical/translational research.

Data Analytics in Healthcare Delivery (3 credits)

This course will present students with an introduction to the use of data analytics in healthcare and how to treat information as an organizational asset. The course is designed to establish a foundation for future courses in healthcare information system and informatics.

Systems Thinking in Healthcare (3 credits)

This foundation course is designed to challenge (1) the traditional thinking of those in healthcare systems; (2) traditional healthcare management strategy and practice; and (3) to show why leaders and members of healthcare organizations must learn to think differently when confronted with complex system challenges. Through a series of lectures, interactive cases and group discussions, students will be challenged to rethink their assumptions and move beyond the practice of trying to “fix a problem” with traditional strategies such as seeking a root cause. The course will contrast the prevailing, linear approach to problem solving and strategy formulation with a holistic, systemic approach in which “the assumptions of separability, linearity, simple causation and predictability are no longer valid.” The objective of the course, therefore, is to provide learners with a new thinking framework and new tools that will enable them to more effectively navigate the complexity of modern healthcare.