Epidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Availability Trimester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)

Students 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.
  1. 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
Transition N/A
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge PHAR6006 OR PHAR6133 Pharmacotherapeutics 1
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Problem Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Examination: Formal - May 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 Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
  • Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for PHAR6214

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