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340.684.01 PHARMACOEPIDEMIOLOGY: DRUG UTILIZATION

Department: Epidemiology
Term: 3rd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Caleb Alexander
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:
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.

Learning Objective(s):
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

Methods of Assessment: Class participation 30%, Critique paper 35%, Mock hearing 35%,
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 8:30 - 9:50
  • Thursday 8:30 - 9:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 30
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail