Course Descriptions

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.

BIOS 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, non-parametric tests, regression, randomization, multiple comparisons of means and analysis of variance for one and two-factor experiments. Typically offered every Fall and Summer semester. 

BIOS 5212 Biostatistics II – Non-parametric analyses of variance. Multiple regression and linear models for analysis of variance. Experimental designs (randomization, data handling, analysis) with factorial treatment arrangements, repeated measures and multiple covariates. Introduction to logistic regression and survival analysis. Typically offered every Spring semester.

PCOL 5117 Scientific Communication and Ethics I – This course will provide formal training in scientific communication and ethics to students in the first and second years of graduate school. Various faculty within and outside the department will lead discussion concerning how to write and publish scientific studies and ethical conduct related to science. Students will also prepare an oral presentation of recent peer reviewed research. Typically offered every Fall semester.

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.

PSGP 5109 Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy Seminar – This seminar course is designed to cover contemporary topics relevant for trainees in the Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy track of the Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate program. Typically offered every Spring and Fall semester. 

PSGP 5113 Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences – Prerequisite – graduate standing and consent of major advisor. Typically offered every semester of all years. 

PSGP 5116 Foundations of Pharmaceutical 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 numbered years.

PSGP 5118 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 odd numbered years.

PSGP 5119 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 numbered years.

PSGP 5120 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 numbered years.

PSGP 5121 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. 

PSGP 5122 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 numbered years.

PSGP 5123 Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures – This course will provide graduate students a solid grounding in patient reported outcomes (PROs) and healthrelated 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 numbered years.

PSGP 6113 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 numbered years.

PSGP 6201 Doctoral Dissertation – a total of 18 hours is required for the Ph.D. degree at UAMS. Typically offered every semester of all years.