Epidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics
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 are used to appraise epidemiological research and clinical trial design.
- Trimester 1 - 2017
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
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.
- Drug utilisation studies, international measures of drug consumption;
- International comparisons of drug consumption, the impact of socio-economic factors and pharmaceutical industry actions on prescribing and consumption of medicinal drugs;
- Measuring efficacy of drugs by randomized and non-randomised studies, biostatistical measures of drug use and effects;
- 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;
- 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
- Reference pricing, evidence-based procurement techniques in drug program management.
This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program.
PHAR6006 OR PHAR6133 Pharmacotherapeutics 1
Formal Examination: Examination: formal
Written Assignment: Two written assignments
Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Professional Development Tutorial Points
Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Modules
Self-Directed 20 hour(s) per Term
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks