The University of Rhode Island Colleges of Pharmacy and Business Administration offer a dual degree program that will allow current URI Pharm.D students the opportunity to develop management and administrative skills, through enrollment in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program. This program will graduate highly-qualified individuals to assume leadership and management roles in the health care industry. A unique combination of didactic management and pharmacy coursework, coupled with innovative practicum experiences, provides students with an exceptional knowledge base of theoretical and applied information.
Skilled pharmacy managers are needed at many levels. Pharmacists in retail and institutional settings must be capable of providing high quality pharmaceutical care, value-added professional services, and appropriate clinical and economic information to their patients and other professionals. A unique blend of these clinical and economic skills is essential for decision-making by pharmacists practicing in managed care organizations (MCO's), in PBMs, in government, and in the pharmaceutical industry. Finally, talented researchers are required to develop the knowledge base essential for the successful shift to a managed care environment and beyond.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education