Mission, Vision and Values

Mission: We discover, evaluate, and communicate to improve the health and well-being of society

Vision: To be an internationally recognized interdisciplinary program, advancing patient care, education, and research

Values: Diversity, Trust, Collaboration, Rigor, Creativity, Discovery

Students wishing to enter this competitive program of study leading to the Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Health Services, Outcomes, and Policy (PHSOP), must possess either a Bachelor degree (BS or BA), a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, or related health profession degree; such as a BSN, MD, PA, or NP. While the program is open to a broad range of backgrounds, candidates with a background in pharmacy or employed in the pharmaceutical or other healthcare sectors are preferred.  Students without prior experience in the field of pharmacy or the pharmaceutical sector may obtain admission with the provision that remedial non-credit course work may be required to acquaint them with the profession and problems of pharmacy practice in the United States. The applicant must also satisfy the requirements of The University of Georgia Graduate School prior to admission to the program. preference to will go to applicants possessing either a B.S. in Pharmacy or a Pharm.D. degree, and those whom are licensed to practice pharmacy in the United States, or one of its territories; additionally, preference given to other U.S. trained health professionals such as nurses and physicians. Applicants not having these credentials could obtain admission with the provision that remedial non-credit course work may be required to acquaint them with the profession and problems of pharmacy practice in the United States. The applicant must also satisfy the requirements of The University of Georgia Graduate School prior to admission to the program.

The program of study for the M.S. degree must include: 1) at least 3 hours of thesis research, 2) a total of not less than 27 semester hours of graduate courses, excluding thesis research and writing, and 3) at least 12 of the 27 hours must be in courses open only to graduate students. In addition, students are required to take PHSOP Seminar (PHRM 8620) during all fall and spring semesters.  A Master’s degree will typically take 1-2 years to complete, however part-time students must fulfill all requirements for the Master’s degree within a 6 year time limit beginning with the first registration for graduate courses listed on the program of study.