Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Business MBA

The Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing MBA at Saint Joseph's University is designed to accelerate your career by enhancing your marketing knowledge through academic study and real-world experience in the healthcare industry. The Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing MBA curriculum provides you with an understanding of a variety of relevant marketing topics, addressing the successful business of healthcare delivery from the perspectives of all industry stakeholders — from biopharma products to patients, payers and provider networks.

The Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing MBA requires the completion of 12 courses (4 core business courses and 8 industry-focused courses).  All courses are 3.0 credits each for a total of 36 credits.  Students may be required to complete up to five business competency modules to prepare them for the core MBA courses.

Foundation Modules - Business Competency Requirements

The Foundation courses are designed to ensure that all students in the program have the common body of knowledge necessary for advanced study in business.  They are non credit competency modules developed by the department to develop the skills needed.   Some may be waived based on undergraduate coursework.  

They will be completely online, self-paced and can be worked on at any time. A “live” session is not required. 

The following Foundation modules are required:

  • Statistics - Required for all students
  • Business Intelligence & Analytics
  • Management
  • Economics
  • Accounting
Core Courses
ACC 550Creat & Meas Shareholder Value3
DSS 610Business Analytics3
FIN 550Shareholder Value Management3
MGT 550Leadership and Ethics3
PMK 600Health Care Marketing3
MPE 795Capstone 12
Specialized Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing Courses17
Business of Healthcare
Supply Chain Mgt in Healthcare
Coding Coverage Reimbursement
Pricing in Healthcare Industry
Healthcare Strategic Managemen
Drug, Device Regulations
Supply Chain Management
Marketing Research
Competitive Analysis
Sales Management
Strategies for Managed Markets
Product Management
Global Corporate Strategy
Select one of the following:2
Creating Effective R & D
Pharmaceutical Strategy
New Product Launch
Independent Study
Future Issues
Health Policy
Total Hours36

Learning Goals and Objectives

Objective 1:  Leadership — Students will demonstrate the ability to lead in team situations, that is, to motivate, inspire and direct a team to achieving its goals.

Objective 2:  Knowledge of functional area — Students will know core concepts within each business discipline of accounting, finance, management, marketing, and information technology.

Objective 3:  Critical thinking and problem solving — Students will be able to analyze business scenarios in an integrative way and make constructive and actionable recommendations for problem solving.

Objective 4:  Interpersonal/communication skills — Students will demonstrate competency in written and verbal communication aimed at facilitating, and reporting the results of, collaborative problem solving and decision making processes.  

Objective 5:  Ignatian Values — Students will be able to generate scholarship that embodies free, open inquiry, and provokes imaginative thinking and reflection on values. An appreciation for and ability to apply the Ignatian values of: a commitment to rigorous education and lifelong learning; an insistence upon ethical decision making; a desire for social justice; and a care and concern for others.

Objective 6:  Global/Diversity — Students will understand the challenges businesses face in a global economy, and the cultural issues firms must address to succeed in this environment. A fuller understanding of and respect for diversity in the population and in organizations related to differences across cultures, ethnic groups, socio-economic groups, gender and sexual orientation.

Program Specific I Objective: Strategic Thinking:  Students will exhibit strategic approaches to the complex business related problems in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries and provide alternative strategies evaluating the pros and cons of those approaches.