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Department: Extradepartmental
Term: 3rd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Maria Eng
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:

Students 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.

Learning Objective(s):
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

Methods of Assessment: Individual Written Assignment (40%), Group Consultant Report (30%), Case Study Presentation (20%), Individual/Peer Review (10%).
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 10:30 - 11:50
  • Wednesday 10:30 - 11:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 36
Enrollment Restriction: none
Instructor Consent: No consent required

This 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.

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With: