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Pharmacoeconomics, Epidemiology, Pharmaceutical Policy and Outcomes Research (PEPPOR) Graduate Program Overview

PEPPOR StudentThe PEPPOR Graduate Program is not admitting new students at this time.

Graduate degrees (MS and PhD) as part of the Pharmacoeconomics, Epidemiology, Pharmaceutical Policy and Outcomes Research (PEPPOR) program emphasize the social, psychological, political, legal, historical, quality, clinical and economic factors that affect production, evaluation, use, non-use and misuse of therapeutic modalities.

PEPPOR is a program of study and research leading to the Master of Science and/or Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The program emphasizes the social, psychological, political, legal, historical, quality, clinical and economic factors that affect the production, evaluation, use, non-use and misuse of therapeutic modalities.

Study and research training in this discipline prepares individuals with the background and the problem-solving skills to evaluate the use of and effects of drugs in large populations, the description and analysis of costs of drug therapies to health care systems and society, and to apply behavioral and social interdisciplinary theories to the study of pharmacy practice. An individualized program of course work is determined for each student according to his or her career goals by a Committee on Studies.

PEPPOR is comprised of three concentrations:

  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with an emphasis in clinical trials
  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with an emphasis in pharmacy administration
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences with an emphasis in pharmacy administration

Why Choose the UNM PEPPOR Program?

  • Students may receive full or partially funded financial support, including a stipend, tuition remission, health insurance and student fees. Funding is awarded competitively each year for all students.
  • We’re a selective program, with an average of 11 graduate students and four core faculty and several affiliated faculty.
  • We offer three concentrations: PhD in PEPPOR, MS in PEPPOR, and MS in Clinical Trials.
  • We’re located on the UNM Health Sciences Center campus in Albuquerque and have educational affiliations with:
  • Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program
  • Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy at UNM
  • UNM Clinical & Translational Science Center
  • UNM Masters in Public Health Program
  • UNM Masters in Health Administration Program
  • UNM Departments of Economics, Political Science, Family & Community Medicine and Internal Medicine
  • New Mexico Center for Advancement of Research, Engagement and Science on Health Disparities
  • Potential travel support is available for conferences where student presentations are accepted for presentation.
  • Graduates obtain lucrative positions in higher education, industry and government.
  • A pharmacy degree is NOT required to apply.

Career Options for PEPPOR Graduates

Upon graduating with a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with emphasis in pharmacoeconomics, pharmaceutical policy and outcomes research or clinical research, graduates will be able to explore careers in:

  • Teaching and conducting research in higher education.
  • Measuring and enhancing the commercial value of health care products and services in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
  • Policy analysis and management within hospitals, insurance companies, pharmacy benefit management companies and government agencies.
  • The design, conduct, closeout and management of clinical trials of therapeutic modalities and other types of clinical studies.

Students are encouraged to pursue internships after their second year of course work in their related field of interest, guidance for which is provided by our faculty.

PEPPOR News and Points of Pride:

Program Goals

  1. To train graduate  students in the area of pharmacoeconomics, pharmaceutical policy, pharmaceutical outcomes and clinical and pharmacoepidemiological research.
  2. To master  problem-solving skills needed to evaluate and design systems and approaches for the delivery of pharmaceutical care and clinical medicine.
  3. To conduct research and teaching in the areas of health economics, pharmaceutical policy, social, ethical, and behavioral sciences with the aim of disseminating pertinent information for health policy and decision-making.

PEPPOR Masters Degree - General Requirements

To meet general requirements for a master’s degree, a student must:

  • Complete a minimum of 12 hours of graduate course work, of which at least six credits must be 500 level or above;
  • Fulfill any additional department or graduate unit requirements;
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher;
  • Have a Program of Studies approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies;
  • Include no more than a total of six hours of coursework graded CR and no coursework graded below B-;
  • Pass the Master's Examination and/or Final Examination for Thesis;
  • Complete degree requirements within seven years.

PEPPOR Masters Degree - Program/Study Requirements

Master's degree programs at the University of New Mexico are completed under one of two plans, as described below. These are referred to as Plans I and II.  In addition to the general requirements listed above, the following specific requirements apply.

Plan I Requirements:                                

  1. A minimum of 24 hours of course work, with a minimum of 15 hours in the major field.
  2. A minimum of six hours of 500-level or higher coursework.
  3. A maximum of six hours in "Research Problems in Pharmaceutical Sciences"
  4. At least 50 percent of required course work must be completed after admission to the graduate program, unless further limited by the graduate program.
  5. Six hours of Thesis (599) credit.
  6. Completion of a master's thesis.

Plan II Requirements:

  1. A minimum of 32 hours of course work, with a minimum of 18 hours in the major field.
  2. A minimum of 12 hours of 500-level or higher courses.
  3. A maximum of 12 hours in "problems" courses.
  4. At least 50 percent of coursework requirements completed after admission to the graduate program, unless further limited by the graduate program.
  5. A minimum of one to three credit hours of coursework in Research Problems in Pharmaceutical Science (Pharm 597).

A master's degree student should file a Program of Studies with the Office of Graduate Studies as soon as she or he has planned a program of studies for the degree in consultation with the major advisor, but not before completion of 12 credits of course work. This form may be obtained from the academic unit or the OGS web site (http://ogs.unm.edu/). The Program of Studies must be submitted no later than the last day of the semester prior to that in which the student expects to graduate and must be approved by the dean of Graduate Studies before a student may take the master's examination.

Within either Plan I or Plan II, the student and the major advisor may design a program of studies in which work is done only in the major graduate unit, in the major and a minor graduate unit, or in the major and one or more related graduate units. The following regulations must be observed:

  • Each Program of Studies must be approved by the student's major graduate unit and by the Dean of Graduate Studies (see Program of Studies);
  • After a Program of Studies has been filed, a student may change between Plans I and II only with the approval of the major graduate unit and the Dean of Graduate Studies and must submit a new Program of Studies;
  • No more than half the graduate program's minimum required course work hours, exclusive of Thesis/Project, may be taken with a single faculty member;
  • When a master's student elects a transcripted minor, the student must consult with the chairperson of the minor graduate unit in the planning of the program of studies. A faculty member from the minor graduate unit must be included on the student's master's examination committee unless this right is waived by the chairperson of that unit.

Please refer to the PEPPOR Student Handbook for specific information regarding the curriculum and degree requirements.

PEPPOR Doctoral Degree - General Requirements

To meet general requirements for a doctoral program a student must:

  1. A minimum of 48 hours of graduate credit coursework.
  2. Must be enrolled in at least one hour of graduate credit in the semester in which the doctoral comprehensive examination is taken.
  3. At least 24 hours of graduate credit coursework must be completed at the University of New Mexico.
  4. At least 18 hours of graduate credit coursework must be completed at the University of New Mexico after admission to the doctoral program.
  5. No more than six credit hours of coursework in which a grade of C (2.0), C+ (2.33) or CR (grading option selected by student) was earned may be credited toward a graduate degree. Courses offered only on a CR/NC basis and required by the graduate program are excluded from this limitation.
  6. No more than 50 percent of the required course credits at the University of New Mexico may be taken with a single faculty member. (Coursework that has been completed for the master’s degree is included in this limit.)
  7. A minimum of 18 hours of dissertation credits (699) is required for the doctorate.
  8. Doctoral candidates must be enrolled the semester in which they complete degree requirements, including the summer session.

PEPPOR Doctoral Degree - Program/Study Requirements

The doctorate is a degree representing broad scholarly attainments, a deep grasp of a field of study, and expertise in conceiving, conducting and reporting original and individual research. Please refer to the PEPPOR Student Handbook for specific Information or  information on doctoral requirements are available on the Office of Graduate Studies Web site.

Questions?

For additional information please contact:

Megan Speck

Email: mlspeck@salud.unm.edu
Coordinator, Student & Graduate Services
UNM College of Pharmacy
2502 Marble NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1066
Phone (505) 272-4992 Fax (505) 272-8324