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2009-2010 University Catalog 
2009-2010 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pharmacy Administration

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The graduate program in pharmacy administration (MS non-thesis) is designed to prepare persons for responsible leadership positions in pharmacy management, research, and/or education. Areas in the program include pharmacoeconomics, outcome assessment, and management. Opportunities for graduates of the program include careers with pharmaceutical firms, health insurance companies, and professional societies, as well as governmental and international agencies. Along with the increasing importance of drugs and technology in society, there are increasingly complex interactions among governmental agencies, health insurers, managed care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers, and patients. This results in a critical need for persons with advanced training in pharmacy administration.

The graduate program involves 30 course credits. A minimum of 20 of these is from courses required of students majoring in this program.

Dedicated to providing the highest quality education to our graduate students, the pharmacy administration graduate program has the following learning outcomes as essential components of its mission:

  • Students should develop high levels of knowledge, research competence, sense of inquisitiveness, and skills of analysis.
  • Students should contribute measurably to the advancement of health services research and pharmaceutical care through scholarly conduct and publication of research.
  • Students should develop innovative problem-solving, management, and leadership skills along with high ethical standards.
  • Students should have the ability to evaluate and improve the cost-effectiveness of healthcare and pharmaceutical services toward generating optimal benefits for society.
  • Students should be motivated for lifelong learning and continuing self-improvement in fulfilling personal and professional responsibilities and obligations.
  • Students should perpetually be improving their competence as healthcare practitioners, administrators, and researchers through continuing education programs, continuous quality improvement, and aspirations for excellence.
  • Students should learn to contribute significantly to the success of their varied disciplines though participation in community, societal, and professional activism.
  • As part of their learning experiences, students should participate in appropriate professional, scientific, and academic organizations.
  • Students should learn to integrate their service, education, and research activities with appropriate institutions, organizations, and agencies.
  • Students should learn how to evaluate and promote clinical, social, economic, and administrative activities that meet the highest standards.
  • Students should develop advanced knowledge and skills in health technology, information processing, communications toward improving patient care, and health services delivery.
  • Students should develop strong skills in creative thinking, reasoning, and problem solving related to improving pharmaceutical services and healthcare systems.


  1. Requires integrated paper before graduation.
  2. Maximum of 2 seminar credits can be applied to master course totals.


William F. McGhan
PharmD (UCSF); PhD (Minnesota)
Professor of Pharmacy
Director, Graduate Program in Pharmacy Administration
Phone: 215.596.8852
E-mail: w.mcghan@usp.edu
Research: economic evaluations of health outcomes; health economics; pharmacoeconomics; quality-of-life assessment; clinical decision analysis

Lisa E. Davis
BS (Arizona); PharmD (Kentucky)
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Phone: 215.596.8831
E-mail: l.davis@usp.edu

Daniel A. Hussar
BS, MS, PhD (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science)
Remington Professor of Pharmacy
Phone: 215.596.8880
E-mail: d.hussar@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
Director, Undergraduate Business Programs
Phone: 215.895.1182
E-mail: m.oates@usp.edu 

Thomas W. O’Connor
BS, PharmD (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science);
t.oconnor@usp.eduMBA (Boston College)
Associate Professor of Pharmacy
Phone: 215.596.8578
E-mail: t.oconnor@usp.edu

Andrew M. Peterson
BS (Rutgers); PharmD (Medical College of Virginia);
PhD (University of the Sciences in Philadelphia)
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration
Phone: 215.596.8877
E-mail: a.peters@usp.edu

Joseph W. Ruane
BA (St. Charles Borromeo); MA (Temple);
PhD (Delaware)
Professor of Sociology and Health Policy
Vice Chair, Department of Social Sciences
Phone: 215.596.8906
E-mail: j.ruane@usp.edu
Research: occupations and professions; urban issues and policies; organizations; politics and healthcare; mental health policy

Ruth L. Schemm
BS (Pennsylvania); MEd, EdD (Temple)
Professor of Health Policy
Phone: 215.596.8990
E-mail: r.schemm@usp.edu

Sarah A. Spinler
BS, PharmD (Minnesota)
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Director, Residency & Fellowship Programs
Phone: 215.596.8576
E-mail: s.spinle@usp.edu

Vincent J. Willey
BS, PharmD (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy)
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Phone: 215.596.8933
E-mail: v.willey@usp.edu

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