Health System Administration

PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency combined with PGY1 and MS 2 year program at University of Utah Health

Program Purpose

University of Utah Health offers a two-year combined Master of Science in Health System Pharmacy Administration, Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY1), and Health-System Pharmacy Administration Specialty Residency (PGY2). The purpose of this program is to train future pharmacy leaders. Through the academic program, residents obtain a solid academic foundation in current health care administration issues and management skills. The PGY1 program provides a strong practice foundation with an emphasis on clinical skill development. The PGY2 program provides a broad experience in the management of pharmacy services in an academic medical center including inpatient and ambulatory programs, as well as foundation skills in human resources, leadership, technology, compliance, informatics, operational management, finance, and medication safety and quality.

Graduates of the program will be capable of assuming roles as clinical coordinators, team leaders, pharmacy supervisors, or managers in a variety of pharmacy practice settings including academic medical centers. These are the leaders that will be ultimately assuming senior pharmacy leader and director of pharmacy positions.

Program Educational Outcomes, Goals, and Objectives

The program uses the ASHP Outcomes, Goals and Objectives required for Health System Pharmacy Administration. The program uses all required Outcomes, Goals and Objectives, as well as, Outcome E5 (Leveraging technology and automation) as the core requirements for the program. Outcomes E2 (Quality methodology: conducting outcome projects) and E7 (Functioning in academic settings) are frequently addressed by residents in elective experiences. Other elective Outcomes may be addressed as part of the resident's customizable plan.

The ASHP document is available at:

The summary of the Outcomes, Goals and Objectives selected for the year are included as a print out from PharmAcademic for each resident after planning for the program year.

Program Requirements

The program is offered in 3 parts.

  1. See the Pharmacy Practice (PGY1) Residency description for detailed information for the first year of the program. Required 4 week rotations include: Orientation, Management, Drug Information, Acute Care-Internal Medicine, Adult Critical Care Selective, Transitions of Care Selective, and Primary Care. Residents have 4 weeks of project time spread out during the year. Residents may then choose electives (4 months) from a wide variety of electives in acute or ambulatory care, and specialty consult areas/ Residents in the HSPA program take Medication Safety as one of their electives their first year.
  2. The Masters of Science in Health System Pharmacy Administration is offered as a program of the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. The first year course work is pharmacy specific with courses in research ethics, issues in health care leadership, finance and accounting, pharmacy operations, human resources, research seminar, and practical issues for health system leaders. The second year is mostly electives taking coursework with the masters in health care administration students and in the business school. Data Analysis and Decision making is required this second year year. Examples of elective courses include: Public Health Policy and Administration, Health Care Financial Management, Health System Administration, and Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research.
  3. Health System Pharmacy Administration (PGY2) Residency
    Rotations are planned for each resident based on the program requirements, resident's previous experiences, resident's interests, and identified resident needs. A foundational set of experiences are required. The following summarizes the rotation experiences.
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Other program requirements

Completion of Goals and Objectives: Residents are required to complete 85% of the goals and objectives as a requirement for completion in the program.

Project: Residents are required to complete a project and develop a manuscript for publication. The residency project can be coordinated with the project requirement of the masters program.

Required Presentations

Each year in the program, residents are required to do 4 presentation as part of the residency program.

  • Lecture or presentation to pharmacy students as part of a class (traditionally this has been the Health System Pharmacy Management lecture in the Management course)
  • Department seminar
  • Continuing education presentation
  • Project presentation at Mountain States Conference for Residents and Preceptors

As part of the Master’s program, residents are required to do 2 presentations.

  • Project defense (fall of second year)
  • Project presentation (spring of second year)

Staffing requirements: Residents are scheduled for four staffing assignments per month. For 6 months of the year, the resident will be assigned staffing assignments in inpatient pharmacy areas. For the other 6 months, the resident will be assigned assignments in the ambulatory care areas such as the discharge program.

Optional experience: Complete requirements for teaching certificate program. This can be completed over the two years.

Goals and objectives for each rotation: The goals and objectives are assigned for each learning experience. PharmAcademic is used as a tool for managing this process.

Rotation Descriptions: The program has recently been revised to complement the revisions in the MS course work. Click on links above for more detailed rotation descriptions.


Program Director

linda tyler

Linda Tyler, PharmD
Chief Pharmacy Officer

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