340.684.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
MW 1:30:00 PM
  • Course Description
    Reviews drug classification systems, review of data sources used for drug utilization research; ranging from primary data collection using surveys and audits of patients and providers to secondary data from administrative claims, electronic health information, and other sources. Reviews methods used to examine drug utilization and to evaluate interventions to modify utilization, such as time-series designs and segmented regression analyses. Considers varied patient, provider, practice and system-level determinants of prescription drug utilization, including their impact on costs and quality of care. Emphasizes the impact of drug formularies, marketing and promotion and emerging evidence of benefits and harms. Also covers topical areas such as adherence and value-based insurance designs, as well as the utilization of complementary and alternative medicines.
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Participate in a critical discourse demonstrating intermediate/advanced knowledge of the determinants of drug utilization, including the effect of marketing and promotion, pharmaceutical regulation, and payment policies
    • Critically evaluate studies that examine drug utilization through a firm understanding of analytic approaches of such studies as well as the numerous determinants and predictors of utilization
    • Conduct rigorous evaluations of drug utilization by employing knowledge of drug taxonomies, data sources, data interpretation, and implications for public policy and clinical care
  • Contact Information
    G. Caleb Alexander
  • Methods of Assessment

    Class participation 30%, Critique paper 35%, Mock hearing 35%

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Intended Audience
    Masters and doctoral students as well as non-degree seeking trainees within the SPH. Course may also be of interest to nursing and medical students.
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