UF launches new online master’s degree for patient-care pharmacists

Published: June 15th, 2011

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The University of Florida College of Pharmacy is launching an online Master of Science in Pharmacy in Medication Therapy Management degree, with classes starting this month. The program is the first master’s program available in the emerging field of medication therapy management, and can be completed in less than two years.

UF’s groundbreaking program develops patient-care pharmacists who are committed to delivering a higher standard of care to patients with multiple therapies and conditions who need comprehensive medication management. Through a focus on advanced pharmacotherapy of complex diseases, effective communication practices, and the business and regulatory aspects of medication therapy management, students will learn to impact the treatment of each patient and lead the delivery of MTM services in their organizations.

“What excites me is the potential for the program to serve as an agent of change for our profession,” said Program Director Karen Whalen, Pharm.D., a UF clinical associate professor in the College of Pharmacy. “The program has the potential to move the profession of pharmacy forward so that direct care becomes a reality for more pharmacists than ever before.”

The program’s online format delivers advanced pharmacy education that is flexible and accessible for pharmacists who need to work while completing their degree.

For program information, call 800-431-6687, or visit the program’s new website, http://pharmd.distancelearning.ufl.edu/mtm-program/.