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Unit Overview


This unit provides an introduction to business and management skills relevant to community and hospital pharmacy operations.

Content focuses on four integrated areas: pharmacy business planning including human and financial management and accounting; pharmacy business environments; health economics; and professional, ethical and legal obligations relevant to pharmacy management.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) apply principles of pharmacy business management to develop a pharmacy business plan; (2) describe the health, policy and business environments in which pharmacy operates; (3) critically analyse methods of economic evaluation used to determine the costs and outcomes of drug treatments; and (4) evaluate professional, ethical and legal obligations for pharmacists from a pharmacy business perspective.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment; (2) oral presentation/s; and (3) test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Diana Benino
Unit rules
Enrolment in
51500 Master of Pharmacy (ID 123)
Contact hours
Lectures, tutorials and workshops: 8 hours per week for 6 weeks

Kayne, SB., ed. Pharmacy Business Management: Pharmaceutical Press 2011

Palmer, G. and Ho, M. T. Health Economics: a Critical and Global Analysis: Palgrave McMillan 2008

Drummond MF, Sculpher MJ, Claxton K, Stoddardt GL, Torrance GW. Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes (4th Ed): Oxford University Press 2015

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