PHARMACEUTICALS MANAGEMENT FOR UNDER-SERVED POPULATIONS Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate the factors influencing access to, use, management, policies and financing of pharmaceuticals in developing countries and under-served populations in developed countries, an the roles of government, Non-Governmental
- Define key terms and concepts in pharmaceuticals and their management in developing countries and underserved populations in developed countries
- Identify the different types of health commodities and their regulations in developing countries
- Explain the key factors in the Drug Management Cycle, including selection, procurement, distribution and use
- Identify potential obstacles and solutions to problems of acces to pharmaceuticals in developing countries
- Explain factors influencing the selection and rational use of pharmaceuticals
- Identify and explain relative strengths and weaknesses of alternative ways to raise revenues and pay for pharmaceuticals
Course DescriptionStudents analyze problems and develop strategies based on real world drug management issues, including regulations, manufacture, procurement, distribution, safety, policy, financing and the unique aspects of international pharmaceutical trade, the role of the World Trade Organization -- Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (WTO-TRIPS), government, NGOs and individuals in the selection and use of pharmaceutical products. Course materials are drawn from both developed and developing countries so that the student will be knowledgeable about the role of Essential Medicines and the formation of a National Drug Policy. Uses a multidisciplinary approach to provide students with an operational understanding of factors influencing access to and use of pharmaceuticals and other health commodities. Collectively, these materials and approaches are intended to stimulate critical thinking on how to improve access to and the use of pharmaceutical products.
Intended AudienceMPH, MHS, PhD, DrPH candidates of School of Public Health, and graduate degree candidates of Schools of Medicine and Nursing.
Methods of AssessmentIndividual Written Assignment (40%), Group Consultant Report (30%), Case Study Presentation (20%), Individual/Peer Review (10%).
Additional Faculty Notes:
Course grades will be based on a case study presentation, a group exercise, and an individual paper written on a relevant topic of the student’s choosing, all of which are intended to require students to explore current and controversial aspects of pharmaceuticals management.
I. Individual Written Assignment (40%)
II. Group Project//Consultant Report (30%)
III. Case Studies (20%)
IV. Participation and Attendance (10%)
PrerequisitesThis course requires evaluative health services experience as a prerequisite. Either Managing Health Services Organizations (551.601); Health Systems in Low and Middle Income Countries (221.646); Comparative Evaluation for Health Policy in International Health (221.647); Problem Solving in Public Health (550.608); or equivalent course or work experience qualifies.
Additional Faculty Notes:
This course requires evaluative health services experience as a prerequisite. Either Applications in Managing Health Organizations in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs; 221.602); Health Systems in LMICs (221.646); Comparative Evaluation for Health Policy in International Health (221.647); Problem Solving in Public Health (550.608); or equivalent course or work experience qualifies.
Additional Faculty Notes:
Utilizing MDS-3: Managing Access to Medicines and Other Health Technologies (www.msh.org/resource-center/managing-drug-supply-digital-edition.cfm) by Management Sciences for Health, 2011; Arlington, VA; and other selected readings. Required and Recommended reading materials, as well as Additional Resources, will be listed in the Syllabus and/or posted on CoursePlus.
Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.
Academic Ethics Code
The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:
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.
Welcome to Pharmaceuticals Management for Under-served Populations.
Contact Information(from old syllabus)
Course Objectives(from old syllabus)
To develop an operational understanding of pharmaceuticals management in developing countries and underserved populations. The course will discuss factors, policies and regulations influencing drug availability and access, procurement, utilization, distribution, rational use, essential drugs, budgeting, inventory, and financing. The course will also discuss and describe the role of government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individual/program pharmaceuticals management.
Students will identify the different types of health commodities and their regulation, will understand key factors in the drug management cycle, will identify potential obstacles to and problems of access, as well as define creative solutions to these problems. Students will also understand the various factors influencing drug selection and the rational use of pharmaceuticals, and explain the relative strengths and weaknesses of alternative ways to raise revenues to pay for pharmaceuticals.
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