Certificate in Health Science Research

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Program Description

This certificate is designed to give the DKICP Doctor of Pharmacy students an introduction to basic research methods as well as experience completing a research project.  Students will receive an introduction to research methodology in pharmacy; this includes clinical studies, analyzing data, program evaluation and big data designs.  Students will receive training in human subject research and scientific writing (e.g. research abstracts, biosketches, publishable papers, survey questions, etc.).  Topics for research projects will vary based on student interest, mentors, and available data.  The mission of this certificate program is to produce PharmD graduates who are more competitive for post­graduate residency programs, which are increasingly required for jobs in clinical and academic settings.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Describe different types of experimental/research designs
  • Describe advantages and disadvantages of each design
  • Displaydata in different ways to facilitate understanding of main points
  • Interpret different types of graphs
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethical and privacy issues in research by completing CITI training
  • Strengthen research-related writing skills through creation of a strong research abstract and poster presentation
  • Prepare for a potential research grant submission by completing an NIH biosketch
  • Discuss the pros and cons of survey research
  • Identify the main theoretical and procedural aspects of qualitative research
  • Define qualitative research
  • Use the language of qualitative research
  • Explore rationale for use of qualitative or naturalistic research methods in clinical, social, and behavioral settings
  • Define pharmacoepidemiology
  • Utilize existing data to examine an issue in pharmacoepidemiology
  • Examine how and why people access pharmacy services
  • Determine the best resources for finding cost information for medications
  • Measure patient outcomes resulting from pharmacy services or medication use
  • Conduct a program evaluation of pharmaceutical services or behavioral interventions

Criteria

  • Must be enrolled in the PharmD program at DKICP and have completed the first year with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better to remain in the certificate program
  • Must not be on probation

Curriculum

Elective Courses

Course ID Course Credits
PHPP 530 Basic Research Methods 1
PHPP 531 Survey Research, Epidemiology, and Qualitative Methods 1
PHPS 599 Pharmacy Research 1
PHPP 531 Research Project/Directed Studies 2
PHPP 544 Adv Pharm Pract Exp: Elect I or PHPP 545 Adv Pharm Prac Exp: Elect II 6

Required PharmD Courses

Course ID Course Credits
PHPS 503 Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
PHPP 508 Intro to Biostatistics 3
PHPP 514 Evidence­Based Medicine and Critical Literature Review 3
PHPP 524 Pharmacoeconomics 3

Coordinator

Deborah A. Taira, ScD, Professor Email.