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2009-2010 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MBA in Pharmaceutical Business


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Overview

Pharmaceutical Business

The MBA in pharmaceutical business at the University of the Sciences is intensive, demanding, and designed for those who aspire to the highest leadership positions in the pharmaceutical industry.

Central to the MBA at USP is the global market focus, creative use of cutting-edge learning technologies, close collaboration with students and faculty, and a singular emphasis on helping each student achieve his/her professional goals in the hyper-competitive pharmaceutical business environment.

USP’s MBA is taught entirely in the context of the pharmaceutical industry. Students build clear knowledge and skill sets for anticipating and addressing the emerging challenges of a global pharmaceutical marketplace by working closely with a mix of our full-time and adjunct faculty, all of whom have extensive senior-level experience working in industry and government. Over the course of the program, each student will be actively engaged in learning:

  • Real-world leadership and management strategies.
  • Emerging global healthcare-related business models and challenges.
  • Multinational and national healthcare systems and services.
  • How to lead change processes in complex organizational settings.
  • Financial, regulatory, and reimbursement issues.
  • Effective communication, problem solving and the building of high-performance teams in a global, virtual environment.

Students may choose to pursue an MBA in one of two tracks: (1) evening track or (2) online. To enter the MBA degree program students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. All students have the opportunity to interact with highly motivated students and to make connections and enlarge their network of contacts throughout the industry.

All students are eligible for PB 880 - International Pharmaceutical Business on campus or abroad as an organized group trip to either Europe or Asia.

MBA Evening Track


The evening MBA program is designed for students who are new to the pharmaceutical or healthcare fields. Students attend classes in the evening on USP’s West Philadelphia campus, online or a combination of both; classes are generally from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. Students may take from 24 months to 5 years to complete the 56-credit program.

Courses are as follows:

Courses for the Evening MBA Program


Advanced Management Skills


(Most of these courses have one or more of the Foundation of Business courses as prerequisites.)

MBA Online Track


The online track is designed for students who have some experience in the pharmaceutical or healthcare field and want to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to advance their careers. The accelerated 22-month program offers a total of 19 courses—16 of which are delivered via the Internet. The remaining three courses are conducted either on USP’s campus or at a convenient executive conference center in greater Philadelphia.

Postgraduate Certificate Program


Meet specific business objectives by earning this certificate in as little as 12 months or as long as four years. Customize coursework to suit your needs. Classes are offered either on campus at USP or at a convenient executive conference center in suburban Philadelphia.

Faculty


William Ashton
BS (California); MS (University of Pittsburgh)
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Business
Dean, Mayes College

Michelle L. Bragg
BS (Banneker Honors College); MS (University of
North Texas); PhD (George Mason)
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business
Phone: 215.596.7618
E-mail: m.bragg@usp.edu

Brian P. Colfer
BS (Monmouth University); MBA (USP);
PhD Candidate (USP)
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business
Phone: 215.596.7613
E-mail: b.colfer@usp.edu

Robert I. Field
AB (Harvard); JD (Columbia); MPH (Harvard); PhD (Boston U)
Professor of Health Policy
Chair, Department of Health Policy and Public Health
Director, Graduate Program in Health Policy
Phone: 215.596.7618
E-mail: r.field@usp.edu
Area of expertise: health policy and ethical issues

John A. Gans
BSc (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science);
PharmD (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science)
Professor of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business
Executive Director, Healthcare Leadership
Phone: 215.596.7471
E-mail: j.gans@usp.edu

Alice D. Levy
BA (Johns Hopkins University);
MBA (University of Pennsylvania)
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business
Phone: 267.295.3184
E-mail: a.levy@usp.edu

Melanie B. Oates
BA (University of Pittsburgh); RN (Presbyterian School of Nursing);
MBA (Wharton, University of Pennsylvania);
PhD (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science)
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management and Pharmacy Administration
Director, Undergraduate Business Programs
Phone: 215.895.1182
E-mail: m.oates@usp.edu
Area of expertise: marketing and market research

Stephanie Zarus
PharmD (PCPS)
Associate Dean, Entrepreneurial Activities
Phone: 215.596.8829
E-mail: s.zarus@usp.edu
Area of expertise: healthcare business and policy

Adjunct Faculty

Richard Bartels
BS (SUNY); MBA (Russell Sage College)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Business

Jennifer Beer
BA (Earlham College); Master’s in International Administration (School for International Training);
PhD (University of California, Berkeley)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Business

Joan Cavanagh
BA (McGill University); MBA (Fairleigh Dickinson University)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Business
Courses taught: PB 763, PB 880

BJ Cunningham
BA (Gettysburg); MA (American); MLit (Auckland); PhD (George Mason)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Business
Instructor in Pharmaceutical Marketing

Cindy Delano
BS-Pharmacy (Duquesne University)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Business

Jeffrey DiFrancesco
BS (Illinois Institute of Technology); ME (Penn State University);
MS (Johns Hopkins University)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Business

Joseph P. Fuhr, Jr.
BA (LaSalle College); MA, PhD (Temple University)
Adjunct Professor of Pharmaceutical Business

John Gilly
BS (Indiana University of Pennsylvania); MS (University of Scranton);
PhD (Lehigh University)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Business

Michael Latta
BS (Illinois State University); MS, PhD (Iowa State University)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Business

Greg Lucado
BS (VMI); MS (University of Missouri); MBA (Temple University)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Business

Thomas Lytle
BBA (Western Michigan University); MBA (LaSalle University)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Business

Neil Mackillop
BSc (University of St. Andrews, UK); MBA (Open University)
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Kevin Mayo
BS (University of Louisiana); MS (University of Memphis); PhD (University of Louisiana)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Business

William Reilly, Jr.
BS (PCPS); MBA (Fairleigh Dickinson University)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Business

Brian Seal
BS, MBA, PhD (University of South Carolina)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Business

Nick Spring
BA (University of Leeds, UK); Post-Graduate Diploma (Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Business

Michael Wolfe
BS (Elizabethtown College)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Business

Lynn Wiesinger
BA (University of Pennsylvania); MBA (Wharton, University of Pennsylvania)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Business

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