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:

  • Biostatistical Methods I (PHC 6052)
  • Biostatistical Methods II (PHC 6053)
  • Applied Survival Analysis (PHC 6937)
  • Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology (PHA 6891)
  • Evidentiary Basis of Pharmaceutical Use (PHA 6793)
  • Principles of Pharmacoeconomics (PHA 5933)
  • Intro to US Healthcare System (HSA 6114)
  • Introduction to Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research (PHA 6265)
  • Pharmaceutical Data Analysis in HEOR Settings I (PHA 6935)
  • Data Analysis and interpretation (PHA 6805)
  • Measurement in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research (PHA 6717)
  • Epidemiology Writing Circle (PHA 7902) (*not required for M.S. degree)
  • Grant Writing in Population Health (PHC 7727) (*not required for M.S. degree)

 Specialty courses:

Typically, between four to eight courses* specific to the chosen specialty are added to the core curriculum. For specialty-specific course work, please visit the website of each specialty. In addition, students take credit for independent studies 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.

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