Master of Business Administration Program
With a Concentration Pharmacy Practice Management
The Fogelman College of Business and Economics of The University of Memphis, in collaboration
with the College of Pharmacy of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center,
offers an Online Professional MBA Degree with a Pharmacy Practice Management Concentration.
This 45-credit-hour program is designed for current and future pharmacists who face
the challenge of leading and managing large pharmacy operations, such as those in
hospitals and community pharmacies, as a business enterprise. The program can be
taken on a part-time or full-time basis, with classes offered online and on campus
during one residential week.
Overview of the Pharmacy Practice Management Concentration
Of the 45-credit hours, 30 consist of standard MBA core courses in accounting, economics,
finance, management, management information systems, and marketing, taken online at
The University of Memphis. Fifteen credit hours are targeted pharmacy practice management
courses taken at The University of Memphis or at the UT Health Science Center, depending
on the course. These include required concentration courses chosen from among Healthcare
Economics, Seminar in Human Resource Management, and Health Informatics and E-Health.
Included in the 15-credit-hour concentration is a required, 3-credit-hour practicum
in which the student will put the material being taught into practice in a pharmacy
work environment, and also a 3-credit hour course focusing on leadership and management
in pharmacy practice. There will be two required residential weeks to be completed
during the course of the program.
Concentration Courses (15 Hours)
Students must complete the following 15 hours of concentration courses.
ECON 7710: Healthcare Economics (3) Applies basic economic concepts to analyze health care market and evaluate health
policies; including distinctive economic characteristics of health, health care industry,
and health care professionals; American system of health care; current health care
policy issues such as health care reform, managed care, and manpower planning.
MGMT 7220: Seminar in Human Resource Management (3) Problems and issues deriving from movements and trends in the management of human
resources caused by changing laws, union activities, and the demands of our culture.
The student is required to select one or more recent concepts or problems for intensive
study and critical analysis.
HADM 7109: Hlth Admin Info Systems (3) Introduction to health information systems built around and upon the manager's role
in the application in clinical settings of automated solutions to problems and concerns
in today's health care service industry.
BA 7960: Pharmacy Innovation Project (3) Practical demonstration of and experience in the design, practice, and methodology
of research in pharmacy operations, resulting in an implementable proposal. The course
will be taught by a faculty member from UT Health Science Center.
BA 7651/HOPR 880: Health Systems Pharmacy Management (3) Course objective is to develop the knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities needed
to provide and evaluate a comprehensive pharmacy benefit and service for patients
of organized health care and ambulatory settings. Pharmacy Practice Management areas
include but are not limited to: medication systems management, manpower and fiscal
resources stewardship, technology assessment, drug resource management, appropriate/safe/efficient/economical
medication use systems, drug information and therapy management, pharmacy data management,
performance improvement, and effective interprofessional communications and leadership. The course will be taught by a faculty member from UT Health Science Center.
Applicants interested in the Online Professional MBA program with a concentration
in Pharmacy Practice Management may submit an application for the Fall, Spring or
Summer semester. Core courses for the Online Professional MBA program are offered
during each of the two major terms (Fall and Spring), and during the Summer semester.
For further inquiries concerning the program, please contact:
Fogelman College of Business & Economics
University of Memphis