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
Availability Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
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



Self-Directed 20 hour(s) per Term Full Term
Recorded lectures


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks

Timetable 2017 Course Timetables for PHAR6214
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