Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing MBA

Natalie Wood, Ph.D.,  Chair, Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing
Terese W. Waldron, Director
Kathleen Klarich, Program Manager, Onground 
Jonathan Dart, Program Manager, Online
Jeannine Kinney, Administrative Assistant

Mission Statement

The mission of Saint Joseph’s Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing MBA is to provide industry programs for all segments of the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices, diagnostics, allied partners and healthcare industries, delivering these programs to the life-long student in a flexible and convenient format within state-of-the-art environments.

Location and Time of Courses for the On-ground Program

The two-day course format accommodates the personal and professional demands of individual students. Courses are offered nearly every Friday/Saturday year round. Students may attend as often as their schedule permits, completing the degree requirements within six years. Students in this program are also permitted to take online courses as desired.

Courses are offered on the Saint Joseph’s University campus.Each course is completed in a Friday/Saturday classroom session, along with a pre- and post-assignments. The Capstone course, MPE 795MPE 795, is a three-day course offered on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday either on campus or at an offsite conference center.

Location and Time of Courses for the Online Program

The online course format accommodates the personal and professional demands of individual students. Courses are delivered over one calendar month, with weekly meetings held via web conferencing. Students may attend as often as their schedule permits, completing the degree requirements within six years. The Capstone residency course, MPE 795, is a three-day course offered on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday either on campus or at an offsite conference center. Students in this online program are also permitted to take courses in the two-day format as desired.

In-person courses are offered on the Saint Joseph’s University campus. Each course is completed in a Friday/Saturday classroom session, along with a pre- and post-assignments.

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.

The Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing MBA requires the completion of 24 courses. All courses are 2.0 credits each for a total of 48 credits. The core business courses are designed to ensure that all students in the program have that common body of knowledge necessary for advanced study in business. The following courses are required.

Foundation Courses
MGT 520Empowering Individuals & Grps2
ACC 510Accounting Foundation2
FIN 501Economics Foundation2
FIN 504Finance Foundation2
MPE 530Marketing Foundation2
Core Courses
FIN 551Managerial Finance2
ACC 560Managerial Accounting2
MGT 581Leadership & Development2
BUS 582Business Ethics2
DSS 592Business Statistics2
DSS 593Forecasting2
DSS 594Data Analytics2
Specialized Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing Courses
MPE 610Drug, Device Regulations2
MPE 620Supply Chain Management2
MPE 630Marketing Research2
MPE 640Pharmacoeconomics2
MPE 650Competitive Analysis2
MPE 660Sales Management2
MPE 670Pricing2
MPE 700Strategies for Managed Markets2
MPE 710Product Management2
MPE 720Global Corporate Strategy2
MPE 795Capstone 12
Elective
Select one of the following:2
Creating Effective R & D
Pharmaceutical Strategy
New Product Launch
Independent Study
Future Issues
Health Policy