Ph.D. Curriculum

The core curriculum for the PEP-Track consists of a total of 48 credit hours of didactic course work which includes 36 credit hours of core didactic courses, 6 semesters of seminar (1 credit hour each), plus at least 6 credit hours of elective courses in an area of concentration of the student’s choosing. In addition to the didactic course work, students must enroll for at least 18 hours of dissertation.

Students will typically take the following course sequence and must successfully complete and defend a thesis for degree completion.

PEP-Track Curriculum:

Year 1 Fall Semester
PHSC 5323 Foundations of Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy Research Methods (3 hrs.)
BIOM 5013 Biostatistics I (3 hrs.)
BIOM 5173 Epidemiology I (3 hrs.)
PCOL 5211 Scientific Communication and Ethics I (1 hr.)
PHSC 5191 Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy Seminar (1 hr.)

Year 1 Spring Semester
BIOM 5023 Biostatistics II (3 hrs.)
PHSC 5343 Applied Research Methods using Retrospective Data Sources (3 hrs.)
PHSC 5393 Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures (3 hrs.)
PHSC 5373 U.S. Health Care System for Pharmacists (3 hrs.)
PHSC 3612 Drug Information (2 hrs.)
PHSC 5191 Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy Seminar (1 hr.)
Or one additional course in area of concentration or required course not completed or PHSC 527v Research Courses not completed

Summer 1
PHSC 527v Research (1 hr.)

Year 2 Fall Semester
PHSC 6313 Pharmacoepidemology (3 hrs.)
PHSC 5363 Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy (3 hrs.)
PHSC 5191 Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy Seminar (1 hr.)
Additional courses in area of concentration, required courses not completed, or PHSC 527v Research.

Year 2 Spring Semester
PHSC 5353 Pharmacoeconomics and Health Care Technology Assessment (3 hrs.)
PHSC 5383 Applied Health Econometrics (3 hrs.)
PHSC 5191 Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy Seminar (1 hr.)
Additional courses in area of concentration, required courses not completed, or PHSC 527v Research.

Summer 2
PHSC 527v Research (1 hrs.)
CANDIDACY EXAM

Year 3 Fall & Spring Semesters
PHSC 5191 Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy Seminar (1/sem hrs)

PHSC 700v Dissertation (9 hrs.)
Requirements or courses in area of concentration not completed.

Summer 3
PHSC 700v Dissertation (1 hr.)

Year 4 Fall & Spring Semesters
PHSC 700v Dissertation (10 hrs./sem.)

Summer 4

PHSC 700v Dissertation (1 hr.)


Core Course Description

PHSC 5041: Pharmaceutical Science Seminar – Members of faculty and graduate students meet regularly for discussion and current studies in the field of the pharmaceutical sciences.

PHSC 5191: Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy Seminar-This course follows a seminar type format where graduate students present articles related to the topic of interest. Students will be assigned articles to present. The course will be supplemented by presentations from faculty members, guest speakers, and original research presented by students.
Typically offered every Spring & Fall semester, various

PHSC 5323: Foundations of Pharm Evaluation and Policy Research Methods – The purpose of this course is to provide students with the introductory skills to become a researcher in Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy. The student will be exposed to a wide range of topics including sources for funding for research, identifying research problems and writing study objectives, disseminating research, study measures, and study design.
Typically offered every Fall semester of odd years, Dr. Martin

PHSC 5343: Applied Research Methods Using Retrospective Data – This course will outfit students with the skills necessary to analyze and conduct studies using retrospective health care data with a focus on large administrative claims data such as Medicaid and private payer insurance claims. Students will use SAS to analyze actual health care data. Instruction on study design, statistical techniques, and data integrity issues specific to observational studies using these data sources will be offered.
Typically offered every Spring semester of even years, Dr. Martin

PHSC 5353: Pharmacoeconomics and Health Technology Assessment – The purpose of this course is to provide students with the skills to design, conduct, analyze and rate investigations that assess the value or outcomes of health care technologies with a focus on pharmacy related products and services. The course will also integrate the theoretical prefaces to health care technology assessment as well as provide real world applications using decision modeling software to conduct cost effectiveness and other related studies.
Typically offered every Spring semester of odd years, Dr. Martin

PHSC 5363: Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy Evaluation – This course provides an understanding of pharmaceutical product markets and institutions from an economic perspective. Principles of economic theory are used to analyze the nature of demand and supply of pharmaceutical products, market structure of pharmaceutical industry, welfare implications, R&D and innovation, marketing, pricing, public policy, and government regulation.
Typically offered every Fall semester of even years, Dr. Said

PHSC 5373: US Healthcare System – This course provides an overview of major components of the U.S. healthcare sector and addresses key challenges in financing and delivery of healthcare services. Topics include healthcare expenditures, quality, access, managed care, Medicare, Medicaid, health behavior, measurement of health, public health, pharmaceutical benefit management, health care reform, and asymmetric information. This is a three credit hour course and will be required for all persons without a prior U.S. degree in a health filed such as pharmacy, medicine, public health, or nursing.
Typically offered every Spring semester, Dr. Said

PHSC 5383: Applied Health Econometrics – This course is designed to provide students with training in health econometrics techniques applicable to health care data. This course starts with basic econometrics theory, followed by discussions of selected econometric techniques that are commonly used in health economics. The course emphasizes application of these techniques and uses primarily Stata. Introduction to Stata is provided. Prerequisites: Biostats I & II or permission of the instructor.
Typically offered every Fall semester of even years, Dr. Li

PHSC 5393: Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures – This course will provide graduate students a solid grounding in patient reported outcomes (PROs) and health-related quality of life (HRQL) concepts and how to measure them. Materials will cover PRO instrument development, including psychometric and utility theory. The course will provide students hands on experience with statistical analyses and psychometric testing using SAS. It will cover how to select appropriate PRO instruments for clinical studies to comply with governmental regulatory guidance. The course also offers students opportunities to assess and evaluate literature involved with HRQL information and PRO instruments in specific diseases/conditions as well.
Typically offered every Spring semester of even years, Dr. Payakachat

PHSC 6313: Pharmacoepidemiology – Pharmacoepidemiology is the study of the use of and the effects of medications in large numbers of people. This specialty combines information from clinical pharmacology (the study of effects of drugs in humans) and epidemiology (the use and effects of exposure in large populations) to form a unique area of study.
Typically offered every Fall semester of odd years, Dr. Painter

PHSC 3612: Drug Information – This course will introduce the P1 student to the top 200 drugs available in the U.S. and to the drug and medical literature that is available at UAMS. The instructors will emphasize how to locate, evaluate and communicate medical and drug information. The course will involve didactic lectures and assignments that will require the student to utilize the information resources available on the UAMS Library website, the UAMS Intranet and the Internet. This is a two credit hour course and will be required for all persons without a prior degree in a health field such as pharmacy, medicine, or nursing.
Typically offered every Spring semester

PCOL 5211: Scientific Communication and Ethics I-Formal training in scientific communication and ethics for students in the first and second years of graduate school. Various faculty within and outside the department will lead discussions concerning ethical conduct related to scientific publishing. Students will also prepare an oral presentation of recent peer reviewed research.
Typically offered every Fall semester

BIOM 5013: Biostatistics I – Introductory topics in descriptive biostatistics and epidemiology, database principles, basic probability, diagnostic test statistics, tests of hypotheses, sample-size estimation, power of tests, frequency cross-tabulations, correlation, nonparametric test, regression, randomization, multiple comparisons of means and analysis of variance for one and two-factor experiments.
Typically offered every Fall & Summer semester

BIOM 5023: Biostatistics II – Non-parametric analyses of variance. Multiple regression and linear models for analysis of variance. Experimental designs (randomization, data handling, and analysis) with factorial treatment arrangements, repeated measures and multiple covariates. Introduction to logistic regression and survival analysis.
Typically offered every Spring semester

BIOM 5173:: Epidemiology I-An introduction to epidemiology and the basic principles and methods of epidemiological research and practice. Overview of the history and the theoretical basis of epidemiology; measures of morbidity, mortality, disease transmission and risk; major study designs; measures of association; bias, confounding and interaction; evaluation of screening tests; inference; casualty.
Typically offered every Fall semester

PHSC 527v: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences (1-9)-Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of major advisor.
Typically offered every semester of all years

PHSC 700v: Doctoral Dissertation – A total of 18 hours is required for the Ph.D. degree at UAMS.
Typically offered every semester of all years


Elective Courses

HSRE 9011 Mathematics and Statistics Primer
HSRE 9113 Advanced Health Policy and Management
HSRE 9313 Advanced Methods in Health Services Research
HSRE 9703 Introduction to Health Economics
BIOM 5143 Health Care Economics – Theory and Quantitative Analysis
PHSC 5333 Social Behavioral Theory in Pharmacy
HPPR 5773 Survey Research Methods
HPPR 9343 Qualitative Methods
HPPR 9053 Applied Behavioral Research Methods
BIOM 5183 Epidemiology II
BIOM 5193 Epidemiology III
BIOM 5043 Introduction to Biomedical Computing
BIOM 5113 Nonparametric Methods
BIOM 5133 Statistical Methods for Clinical Trials
BIOM 5033 Biostatistics III
GSIC 5753 / PBHL 5753 Application of Microcomputers to Data Management and Analysis

For Elective Course descriptions, please view the links to the graduate school catalogue and the catalogue for the College of Public Health below.

Graduate School Course Catalog

College of Public Health Course Catalog