Epidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics

Course code PHAR6214Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

Provides students with an understanding of the methods used to measure consumption, beneficial and adverse effects, and cost-effectiveness of drugs in communities; research design and skills used to appraise epidemiological research and clinical trial design.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusTrimester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents should:
1. Understand the techniques used to measure medicinal drug consumption;
2. Understand the factors that influence the prescribing and consumption of medicinal drugs;
3. Understand the methods used to measure beneficial and adverse effects of drugs in the community;
4. Be able to correctly interpret data on drug consumption and effects;
5. Understand the techniques used in measuring the cost-effectiveness of drugs; and
6. Be able to correctly interpret pharmacoeconomic data and understand how cost- effectiveness data can be used to set drug prices and control drug budgets.
Content1. Drug utilisation studies, international measures of drug consumption;
2. International comparisons of drug consumption, the impact of socio-economic factors and pharmaceutical industry actions on prescribing and consumption of medicinal drugs;
3. Measuring efficacy of drugs by randomized and non-randomised studies, biostatistical measures of drug use and effects;
4. Logic of cohort and case-control studies of adverse effects, voluntary adverse reaction reports and their interpretation, measuring the costs and outcomes of community drug use;
5. Cost-minimisation, cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analysis, evidence-based medicine and pharmacoeconomic analysis, using pharmacoeconomic analyses to make formulary decisions and set prices; and
6. Reference pricing, evidence-based procurement techniques in drug program management.
Replacing Course(s)Replaces PHAR6010 Epidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics 10 Units
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHAR6006 OR PHAR6133 Pharmacotherapeutics 1
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalMay comprise True/False, multiple choice and short answer questions and calculations.
Other: (please specify)May include written assignments and or oral presentations on project tasks. Topics and dates will be advised in the course outline at commencement of trimester.
Other: (please specify)Students must achieve a passing grade overall to be able to obtain a passing or higher grade in this course.

Students must demonstrate competency in the theoretical knowledge that forms part of the core competencies required of a pharmacist
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHAR6214