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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHA6523
Tracking Number - 5241

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-04-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: For Grad Cert. Pharmaceutical Informatics (proposed). Question regarding repeatability. Emld 10/12/15. Repeatable one time. GC approved 1/27/16. To USF Sys for Conc. 3/11/16; to SCNS 3/21/16. Nmbr 6523 approved as 6245, effective 4/1/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2015-05-27
  2. Department: Pharmacy - Graduate Programs
  3. College: RX
  4. Budget Account Number: 84080
  5. Contact Person: Feng Cheng
  6. Phone: 8139744822
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHA
  9. Number: 6523
  10. Full Title: Pharmaceutical Informatics
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: Y
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 1
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Pharma-Infomatics
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 100
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: none
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: Discuss the applications of computers to the storage, retrieval and analysis of drug and prescription information. In addition, the application of bioinformatics or chemoinformatics to drug discovery and development will be covered.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? The inclusion of informatics courses is a requirement in the 2007 Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Standards and Guidelines. Emphasis on the importance of informatics in pharmacy education is also found in the ACPE Standards. Acquisition of basic informatics knowledge and skills will be necessary for students in clinical pharmacy or pharmaceutical science.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Instructor must have Ph.D. or Pharm. D. degree.
  29. Objectives: The major goal of this course is to teach student how to integrate data, information, knowledge, and technology involved with medication use processes to improve outcomes and to develop new drug.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course each student will be able to:

    1. Define basic terminology related to pharmacy informatics and technology.

    2. Summarize the role of pharmacy informatics in healthcare delivery, administration, education, and research.

    3. Describe currently available technology for prescribing, pharmacist prescription review, dispensing and distribution, administration, and monitoring.

    4. Explain the benefits and limitations of pharmacy informatics in the medication use process.

    5. Apply and justify the principles of evidence-based medicine in the design and use of clinical decision support tools to solve patient-related problems.

    6. Describe the structure and key elements of an electronic health record.

    7. Explain the use of continuous quality improvement programs in improving safety and quality of the medication use process.

    8. Discuss the use of data mining in research and outcomes evaluation.

    9. Describe currently available computational technology for drug discovery.

    10. Describe available informatics and technology-related sources for drug discovery.

  31. Major Topics: 1. Introduction to Pharmacy Informatics and Pharmaceutical Informatics

    2. Clinical Pharmacokinetic Programs and Using Clinical Programs

    3. Pharmacy information system

    4. Data Warehousing in Pharmacy Informatics

    5. Data Mining in Pharmacy Informatics

    6. Modern drug discovery and informatics

    7. Drug development and informatics

    8. Personalized medicine and informatics

  32. Textbooks: Pharmacy Informatics Hardcover by Philip O. Anderson, Susan M. McGuinness, Philip E. Bourne ISBN-13: 978-1420071757 ISBN-10: 1420071750
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Primary articles from the literature and/or reviews relevant to the lecture topics may be assigned on a weekly basis.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: There will be two exams (25% each), three homework assignments (10%), and one project write-ups(20%).

    Grading Scale:

    A 89.5-100 %

    B 79.5-89.4 %

    C 69.5-79.4 %

    F < 69.5 %

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: There will be two exams (25% each), three homework assignments (10%), and one project write-ups(20%).
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Students will be allowed to make up missing coursework only for documented student absences. Excused absences are caused by (1) personal illness, (2) religious holiday or (3) an illness or death in the immediate family. The instructor must be notified in writing about absences for religious holidays at least two weeks before observance. In the case of an emergency, the student should contact the course coordinator by e-mail and provide written documentation as soon as possible. If the student fails to provide proper written documentation of the emergency, he/she will get a zero for the course work and/or exam(s) that are missed. Further information and University Policy will be outlined in the course syllabus.

    Students will be required to abide by USF policy outlined in the University's policy on academic integrity described in course syllabus.

  38. Program This Course Supports: support a Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Infomatics
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Masters in Bioinformatics

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