The Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Health Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is accepting applications for its two online Masters Programmes in 2014:
The Master of Health Sciences programme is an online programme, and is aimed at current health professionals and those with a relevant undergraduate degree wishing to pursue postgraduate study in health sciences majors. This degree is for students who want to advance a career in the field of health care, particularly as researchers, academics or even senior health policy executives. This programme will allow students to learn more about health sciences and organization of a research enquiry. This Masters program is a structured programme that can be individually tailored to ensure that all students gain maximum benefit from their study by aligning career aspirations with study options. Students will be able to undertake a major stream of study within the Masters program, giving them opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and skills, while also developing more generic research, project and management skills.
The Coursework Masters in Pharmacy has two streams. The first concerns Pharmacoeconomics. Economic evaluations of new pharmaceutical products are of increasing importance to countries. Pharmacists who need to involve themselves in pharmaco-economic evaluations need to consider whether traditional randomized clinical trials provide the most appropriate setting for an economic evaluation, to the more technical question of how to handle cost-effectiveness ratio data, including the issue of the most appropriate inferential apparatus – hypothesis testing, confidence intervals or Bayesian methods. The second stream is Pharmacy Practice. Before relying on a published study, pharmacists should ensure that it meets criteria related to a valid study. A sound study can be used to support decisions in such diverse areas as individual patient treatment, formulary management, drug-use guideline development, disease management initiatives, and pharmaceutical service evaluation.
Deadlines: Applications for 2014 will commence on the 02 May 2013 and close on 30 September 2013 at 8 pm, South African Time.
Please note that as these are online programmes, all of the teaching and assessments are done online. Together with the application documents a one page summary of the proposed research area is required in place of the proposal as stated in the application form.
Please forward all queries to: Ms Phindilele Nene: Nenep1@ukzn.ac.za
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