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Program Details

The University of Florida offers a Master’s of Pharmacy track in Patient Safety and Medication Risk Management to interested students. The M.S. in Patient Safety and Medication Risk program is delivered by the university’s College of Pharmacy, and administered under the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. This track is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to develop a comprehensive clinical risk and patient safety program. This program’s primarily distance learning delivery was designed with working professionals in mind who wouldn’t normally have the freedom to pursue a traditional graduate degree on-campus.

The Patient Safety and Medication Risk Management track’s core curriculum consists of ten courses, or 30 credits, and takes approximately 22 months to complete. There is a foundational course covering the topic of Structure, Process, and Outcomes of Regulation. There is also a core of six courses that is the primary bulk of the coursework. Some of these core topics include Health Care and Patient Safety, Risk Management, Liability, and Compliance, Ethics in Drug Production, Distribution, and Use, and Pharmacy Health Care Systems. There is also a handful of elective courses that the students can choose based on their personal interests and professional goals. In addition to the online coursework, there are three on-campus seminars that take place on the weekends and a comprehensive final exam on the Gainesville campus. Upon completion of this diverse and thorough coursework, students may have an understanding of general risk management techniques, standards of health care risk management administration, and methods for integrating patient safety clinical risk management programs.


Undergraduate or Pharm.D. degree; GRE score of 1,000 prior to 8/1/2011 or 300 post 8/1/2011

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Three weekend seminars and one final comprehensive exam in Gainesville, FL.