Program Details


Designed to maximize graduates' opportunities in the rapidly growing fields of healthcare informatics and data analytics, the PharmD/MS HIA dual degree program allows students the opportunity to complete HIA coursework in place of elective course work within the pharmacy curriculum. Students begin at Drake in pharmacy and apply to the Masters of Sciences in Health Informatics and Analytics Program during their first professional year or when they are nearing the completion of 90 credit hours.

CPHS Pharmacy Outcomes

The purpose of the pharmacy professional program is to provide the graduate with the relevant knowledge base, skills, attitudes, ethics and values to engage in the entry-level practice of pharmacy. The curriculum is designed to provide the graduate with competence in the following areas established by the Center for the Advancement of Pharmaceutical Education (CAPE):

1.1. Learner (Learner)
2.1. Patient-centered care (Caregiver)
2.2. Medication use systems management (Manager)
2.3. Health and wellness (Promoter)
2.4. Population-based care (Provider)
3.1 Problem Solving (Problem Solver)
3.2. Educator (Educator)
3.3. patient Advocacy (Advocate)
3.4. Interprofessional Collaboration (Collaborator)
3.5. Cultural Sensitivity (Includer)
3.6. Communication (Communicator)
4.1. Self-awareness (Self- aware)
4.2. Leadership (Leader)
4.3. Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Innovator)
4.4. Professionalism (Professional)



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First Year
BIO 012/LPre-professional Biology I & Lab (LIFE AOI)4 CR
CHEM 001/3General Chemistry I & Lab (PHSC AOI)4 CR
FYS First Year Seminar3 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Gen Elec.3 CR
PHAR 011CAPS I (Career, Academic & Professional Success)0.5 CR
INTD 025Bulldog Foundations1 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

MATH 050Calculus I3 CR
HSCI 141/LHuman Anatomy/Lab4 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives3 CR
PHAR 031CAPS II (Career, Academic & Professional Success)0.5 CR
CHEM 002/4General Chemistry II & Lab4 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Second Year
CHEM 097/98Org Chem/Lab I OR PHY 011 OR BIO 103/L54 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives6 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Gen Elec. (WRIT AOI)3 CR
PHAR 051CAPS III (Career, Academic & Professional Success)0.5 CR
BIO 095Medical Microbiology3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

STAT 060Stats for Life Sciences (OR HSCI 060) (CRIT AOI)3 CR
PHAR 071CAPS IV (Career, Academic & Professional Success)0.5 CR
CHEM 108/10Organic Chemistry II & Lab4 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives6 CR
SCSR 073Public Speaking (CITZ AOI)3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Doctor of Pharmacy 1
PHAR 130Biochemistry4 CR
PHAR 131Intro to Pharm Science3 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Electives3 CR
PHAR 144Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications 12 CR
PHAR 125Physiology4 CR
PHAR 122Continuing Professional Development (CPD) I1 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

PHAR 145Basic Pharmacy Skills & Applications 22 CR
PHAR 140Pharmaceutics I2 CR
PHAR 132Pathophysiology4 CR
PHAR 133Principles of Drug Action I5 CR
PHAR 138Pharmaceutical Calculations2 CR
PHAR 123Continuing Professional Development (CPD) II1 CR
PHAR 171Health Care Systems and Policies3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

MS HIA ---Electives6 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Doctor of Pharmacy 2
PHAR 149Immunizations1 CR
PHAR 167Continuing Professional Development (CPD) III1.5 CR
PHAR 134Principles of Drug Action II5 CR
PHAR 172Literature Evaluation Methods3 CR
PHAR 142Kinetics3 CR
PHAR 141Pharmaceutics II3 CR
PHAR 154Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications I2 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

PHAR 143Therapeutic Drug Monitoring2 CR
PHAR 168Continuing Professional Development (CPD) IV1.5 CR
PHAR 190Therapeutics I3 CR
PHAR 135Principles of Drug Action III4 CR
PHAR 155Intermediate Pharmacy Skills & Applications II2 CR
PHAR 169Nonprescription Therapies3 CR
HSCI 260Survey of Evidence Based Health Care3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

MS HIA ---Electives6 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Doctor of Pharmacy 3
STAT 240/MDAL 240Statistical Modeling3 CR
HSCI 201Introduction to Health Informatics3 CR
PHAR 191Therapeutics II5 CR
PHAR 174Management in Pharmacy3 CR
PHAR 175Continuing Professional Development (CPD) V2 CR
PHAR 184Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications I2 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

PHAR 192Therapeutics III5 CR
PHAR 176Continuing Professional Development (CPD) VI2 CR
PHAR 173Applied Social and Administrative Pharmacy3 CR
PHAR 162Pharmacy Law & Ethics3 CR
PHAR 185Advanced Pharmacy Skills & Applications II2 CR
HLTH 266Healthcare Regulation, Law and Advoc OR (HLTH 264)3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

HSCI 285Practicum/Capstone3 CR
IS 231/MDAL 230Data Management and Visual Analytics3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Doctor of Pharmacy 4 (12 months/May through May)
PHAR 285Rotations22 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

PHAR 285Rotations18 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

Total Program Hours: 230

Program Notes:

Following completion of 90 credit hours and admission into the MS HIA program, students may enroll in MS HIA coursework.

Entrance Exam Required as part of the application process:  GRE, GMAT, MCAT, PCAT, DAT, or OAT
Note: The entrance exam is automatically waived if you are a current Drake University undergraduate or professional program student with cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and have completed 90 semester credits.

RECOMMENDED SUMMER COURSE WORK: Students who wish to complete both degrees in the four professional years will need to plan to complete MS HIA courses during the summer sessions. This program requires a careful selection of courses for the MS HIA degree as electives in the pharmacy curriculum. Students may enroll in additional summer coursework or complete final MS HIA courses after PharmD completion.  If the dual curriculum requires more than 18 credit hours in the fall or spring semesters, an overload credit fee waiver will be requested on the student’s behalf. If students wish to take beyond the required credit hours for the semester, they will need to request an “Over 18 Hours Request Form," which can be found in the Forms Library, and the additional course work will not qualify for an overload fee waiver.

A total of 211 credits are required to complete the pharmacy degree.

Students will be expected to complete the Drake Curriculum requirements.  Drake Curriculum requirements not fulfilled through required course work:  Artistic Experience, Historical Foundations (2 courses), Global and Cultural Understanding, and Written Communication.

Professional Electives (5 cr.) are satisfied by MS HIA coursework. P1 students entering Fall 2019 and prior are required to complete six (6 cr.) credits of professional elective credits, which will be satisfied by MS HIA coursework.

Professional Electives Policy: Core curricula of CPHS degree programs may require professional elective courses that permit exploration of and/or advanced study in areas of professional interest within the student’s primary degree. Professional electives provide the student with an opportunity to not only pursue areas of intellectual interest, but also to develop an individual “brand” that may benefit them in their professional or academic future. Students who desire to have a non-approved electives count toward professional elective credit should apply for an exception to program policy prior to taking the course whenever possible. Professional electives must be taken for a grade unless the course is designed as credit/no credit. Students should refer to their degree audit for determination of the total number of required professional electives. Students should review the student handbook for the complete professional elective policy and details specific to their degree program.

Potential Professional Electives:

  • IS 210/MDAL 210 – Business Analytics, Teams, and Projects (3 credit hours) 
  • IS 220/MDAL 220 – Information Technology Legal and Ethical Issues (3 credit hours)
  • STAT 260/MDAL 260 - Applied Analytics Project – 3 Credit Hours
  • MBA 245 – Leading with Data (3 credit hours)
  • MBA 254 – Leadership & Human Capital Development (3 credit hours)
  • QUAN 270 – Quantitative Analytical Methods (3 credit hours)
  • HSCI 261 – Review of Statistics for Evidence-Based Healthcare
  • HSCI 262 – Critical Appraisal in EBHC (3 credit hours)
  • HLTH 261 – Healthcare Policy (3 credit hours)
  • HLTH 263 – Healthcare Administration (3 credit hours)

  • Certificate Program Options: Students may also earn the Evidence Based Health Care or the Data Analytics Leadership Certificates by completing the following courses:
  • Evidence Based Health Care:  HSCI 260, HSCI 261, HSCI 262, HSCI 270
  • Data Analytics Leadership:  IS 210/MDAL 210, IS 220/MDAL 220, STAT 260/MDAL 260

  • **You may choose a max of 3 (9 credits) of the following electives: IS 210/MDAL 210, IS 220/MDAL 220, STAT 260/MDAL 260, MBA 245, MBA 254, QUAN 270.