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 are used to appraise epidemiological research and clinical trial design.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this 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.
  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.
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program.
Assumed Knowledge PHAR6006 OR PHAR6133 Pharmacotherapeutics 1
Assessment Items
  • Formal Examination: Examination: formal
  • Written Assignment: Two written assignments
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Professional Development Tutorial Points
  • Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Modules

Contact Hours Not currently offered
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for PHAR6214
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