Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and Master of Science in Health Informatics

MUSC offers a combined Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree and Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) degree program.

The target audience is students in the Pharm.D. program (or applicants to the Pharm.D. program). That is, all students who enroll in the combined program must be accepted in the Pharm.D. and successfully complete the first 2 semesters, at which time they are eligible to apply to transfer into the combined degree program (to begin in the Fall semester of the second year). The MSHI program classes are offered in a format conducive for the working student, including using weekend offerings and distance education technologies. This will allow the combined degree students to take the MSHI courses concurrently with Pharm.D. courses.

Curriculum

Year 1, Fall

COP 601 Foundations Patho & Pharm I 2
COP 609  PharmChem & Pharmgenomics I 2
COP 607 Dosage Forms & Drug Deliv Sys 4
COP 615  Pharmaceutical Biochemistry 3
COP 605 Intro to Pharmacy Practice 2
COP 625  Pharmacy Calculations 1
COP 627 Medical Terminology 1
COP 620 Intro to Drug Information 1
COP 630 Compounding & App Pharm Lab 1
Semester Total 17

Year 1, Spring

COP 603 Foundations Patho & Pharm II 4
COP 611 PharmChem & Pharmgenomics II 3
COP 616 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 2
COP 618 Self Care & Comp Medicine 4
COP 640 Clinical Applications I 1
COP 632 Intro to Community Pharm Lab 2
IP 711 IP Foundations & Teamstepps 1
IP ### IP Concentration Course of choice 1
Semester Total 18

Year 1, Summer

COP 650,
COP 651
Intro Pharm Pract Exper Comm, or
Advanced IPPE I - Community
4
Semester Total 4

Year 2, Fall

COP 717 Clinical Microbiology 2
COP 722 Biopharm & Pharmacokinetics 2
COP 742 Clinical Applications II 1
COP 713 Disease Proc & Ther I 3
COP 715 Disease Proc & Ther II 4
COP 732 Intravaneous Admixtures Lab 0.5
COP 735 Applied Pham Calculations Lab 0.5
HIN 702  Intro to Health Care Info 3
HIN 704 Health Care Data-Content, Stan 3
Semester Total 19

Year 2, Spring

COP 720 Clinical Pharmacokinetics 3
COP 725 Outcomes Design & Assessment 3
COP 716 Disease Proc & Ther III 3
COP 718 Disease Proc & Ther IV 4
COP 733 Applied Health Systems Lab 1
COP 744 Clinical Applications III 1
HIN 705 Electronic Health Records 3
Semester Total 18

Year 2, Summer

COP 750,
COP 753
Intro Pharm Prac Exp Hospital, or
Advanced Hospital IPPE
4
HAP 737 Organizational Behavior 3
HIN 710 Data Mining and Analytics 3
Semester Total 10

Year 3, Fall

COP 804 Health Care Syst & Management 3
COP 821 Advanced Drug Information 2
COP 822 Disease Proc & Ther V 3
COP 823 Disease Proc & Ther VI 4
COP 846 Clinical Applications IV 1
COP 834 Applied Community Pharmacy Lab 2
HIN 719 Advanced HIT & Data Technique 3
HIN 720 Current Issues & Advances HIT 3
Semester Total 21

Year 3, Spring

COP 805 Pharmacy Law and Ethics 3
COP 836 Clinical Assessment 3
COP 848 Clinical Applications V 1
COP 825 Disease Proc & Ther VII 4
COP 826 Disease Proc & Ther VIII 3
HIN 706 Systems Analysis and Design 3
Semester Total 17

Year 3, Summer

 HIN 716 Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory 3

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) x 1 4
Semester Total 7

Year 4, Fall

HIN 718 Capstone Project 3

APPE x 4-5 16-20
Semester Total 19-23

Year 4, Spring


APPE x 4-5 16-20
Semester Total 16-20
Curriculum Total 166-174
Pre-Pharmacy Credit Hour Total 63
Required Credit Hour Total 229-237

* Student enrolled in the combined degree do not have to complete eight hours of electives.

  • Minimum 300 hours of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (as required by ACPE) will be satisfied by two four-credit (four-week) externships in the summers of the P1 and P2 years.
  • Minimum 1440 hours of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (as required by ACPE) will be satisfied by nine four-credit (one-month) externships in the P4 year. Courses include: two acute medicine, one ambulatory care, one community, one health-system, and four electives.
  • Longitudinal IPPE Community I & II - P2 Fall & Spring (COP 650 & COP 651) if COP 652 or 653 are not completed in Summer 1.
  • Longitudinal IPPE Hospital I & II - P3 Fall & Spring (COP 751 & COP 752) if COP 750 or 753 are not completed in Summer 2.