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221.610.01 Pharmaceuticals Management for Under-Served Populations

International Health
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2015 - 2016
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  10:30 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Maria Eng
Course Instructors:

This course recommends evaluative health services experience.  Either Introduction to International Health (220.601); Problem Solving in Public Health (550.608); Applications in Managing Health Organizations in LMICs (221.602); Health Systems in LMICs (221.646); or equivalent course of work experience qualifies.


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 Objectives:

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

  1. Demonstrate the factors influencing access to, use, management, policies and financing of pharmaceuticals in developing countries and under-served populations in developed countries, and the roles of government, non-governmental organizations, and individual/program pharmaceuticals management
  2. Define key terms and concepts in pharmaceuticals and their management in developing countries and underserved populations in developed countries
  3. Identify the different types of health commodities and their regulations in developing countries
  4. Explain the key factors in the Drug Management Cycle, including selection, procurement, distribution and use
  5. Identify potential obstacles and solutions to problems of acces to pharmaceuticals in developing countries
  6. Explain factors influencing the selection and rational use of pharmaceuticals
  7. Identify and explain relative strengths and weaknesses of alternative ways to raise revenues and pay for pharmaceuticals
Methods of Assessment:

Course grades will be based upon (1) an individual paper written on a relevant topic of the student’s choosing, (2) a group consultant presentation, (3) a group case study, and (4) attendance and class participation, all of which are intended to require students to explore current and controversial aspects of pharmaceuticals management.

I. Individual Written Assignment (35%)
II. Group Consultant Presentation (35%)
III. Case Study (10%)
IV. Attendance and Participation (20%)

Enrollment Restriction:


Instructor Consent:

No consent required

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