Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum for M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees

The University of Florida houses all six health science colleges under one roof, offering a rich portfolio of science specialties. This unique structure permits specializations in pharmaceutical outcomes research at a depth and breadth that would not be feasible within a single department. Our graduate students have exposure to departments in Statistics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Economics, Law and Ethics, Marketing, Educational Psychology, Health Policy, Health Service Administration, and many others.

The core courses for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are selected to establish a common backbone in the training of our students, yet to allow flexibility to pursue the various specialties our department offers.The following core courses are mandatory and should be completed within the first two years of training. M.S. and Ph.D. students share the same core curriculum.

Core Curriculum Courses:

  • Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology (PHA 6891)
  • Principles of Evidence‐based Pharmacy (PHA 5933)
  • Principles of Pharmacoeconomics (PHA 6935)
  • Public Health Computing (PHC 6937)
  • Introduction to POP Research (PHA 6265)
  • Pharmacoepidemiology and Patient Safety (Intermediate Pharmacoepidemiology) (PHA 6268)
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation (PHA 6805)
  • Measurement in POP Research (PHA 6717)
  • Advanced Pharmacoepidemiology or Advanced Pharmacoeconomics
  • Grant Writing in Population Health (PHC 7727 or PET 5936)
  • Introduction to Biostatistical Methods (PHC 6052)
  • Regression Methods for Health and Life Sciences (PHC 6053)
  • Applied Survival Analysis (PHC 6937)
  • Introduction to US Health Care System (HSA 6114) (required for students with little to no exposure)
  • Introduction to Drug Discovery
  • College Professional Development Series
  • POP Weekend Seminar
Specialty Courses:

Typically between 4‐8 courses (depending on M.S. or Ph.D.) specific to the chosen specialty are added to the core curriculum. In addition, students take credit for independent study coursework with faculty starting in the second semester of their training, for their dissertation research, seminar and journal club.

*The exact amount of courses will rely on which program is being pursued.