Master of Pharmacy Leadership Degree
We are excited to announce the up-coming launch of the new Master of Pharmacy Leadership (MPL) degree program in September 2022 (pending approval).
Advancements in the pharmacy profession and its educational landscape, along with new technologies and models of care have heightened the demand for pharmacists with leadership skills applied to organizational behavior and change management at the individual, dyadic, team, and organizational levels, facilitating collaborative practice, and leading public health initiatives and healthcare policy decision-making. One who not only leads but also supports leadership development in others.
In this evolving landscape wide range of employers are looking to hire pharmacists who are ready to advance their public and private organizations and equipped to lead the profession within a healthcare system of evolving functions and complexity. There is demand for pharmacy leaders who can lead with a broad perspective of the healthcare system and a solid understanding of how pharmacy connects with it. We developed the new Master of Pharmacy Leadership (MPL) program to meet this need.
The new MPL will be a new kind of program because of its unique curricular focus, flexible format to accommodate working pharmacists, mostly online course delivery, and unique immersive opportunities within authentic professional settings. The MPL courses will challenge students to consider perspectives on healthcare innovations, alternative models of care, and policymaking in an environment that supports team-based care, fosters inclusivity, and models interprofessionalism.
Our evolving healthcare system and pharmacy landscape provide a strong impetus for a new program aimed at graduating a new cadre of pharmacist leaders. Join us, accelerate your career growth, and lead the future of pharmacy!
- Flexible duration: Designed to be completed in 16 months although durations greater than this will be permitted to meet the needs of working professionals.
- Customized: A key feature of the MPL is the Capstone Leadership Project Course, a unique opportunity for students to align their professional goals with a special interest project of their choosing that, as part of a comprehensive internship experience, they will implement and evaluate within an authentic setting consistent with the nature of the project.
- Small cohort size: Enrolment will be limited to 10–15 students in each admission cycle. Each student will be provided with a highly individualized support system.
- One of a kind: The MPL is the only master-level pharmacy program in Canada focused on advanced-level leadership development for working pharmacists.
- The MPL is the result of a comprehensive and robust consultation with key health sector stakeholders and pharmacists to ensure the program provides the in-demand skills needed today to advance one’s career.
- A portion of the MPL curriculum is built around formalized collaborations with the UBC Sauder School of Business, the UBC School of Nursing, and with contributions from other health disciplines.
Historically, to assume leadership roles in pharmacy, advanced credentials have not been required. Such leaders reached those roles after many years of experience in the profession. However, the current landscape of a dynamic and demanding labour market, the need to continue to enhance and evolve the healthcare system, and the need to further the profession, all demand market-ready leaders who cannot wait years to gain enough experience to lead effectively. The MPL was specifically created for students to be early/mid-career pharmacists who want to pursue leadership roles in healthcare, corporate, public health, regulatory, primary care, and academic settings and organizations and for those aspiring to become leaders.
We anticipate that graduates of the MPL will be sought by employers in corporate pharmacy settings, patient care settings, regulatory bodies, public health, government, industry, and academia. MPL graduates will bring to the workforce added value in that they will lead, contribute to the removal of barriers to collaborative practice, contribute to healthcare policy decisions, and educate others using best practices and pedagogical principles. In some cases, program graduates may assume leadership roles across multiple settings, and we anticipate that entrepreneurial pharmacists will create roles currently unforeseen as a result of their development in the program. The MPL will provide graduates with the skills to meet the ever-present need for professional leaders. It will enable students to:
- Apply principles of organizational behavior and change management to the critique of existing practice models.
- Identify barriers to collaborative practice and means of addressing them.
- Critically appraise policy decisions around innovations, alternative models of care, and interventions in healthcare using clinical, economic, and systems models.
- Apply specific models of communication and principles of conflict management to effectively communicate in challenging circumstances.
- Develop and employ educational materials using best practices and pedagogical principles to teach diverse audiences.
- Enhance and support leadership development in the self and in others that leverages individual strengths, values, and roles.
MPL students will be challenged to learn, expand their thinking, and grow through collaborative, interprofessional, innovative, and applied learning opportunities to address each of the Program’s learning outcomes. The main mode of curriculum delivery will be online, with mostly synchronous components. A small fraction of the coursework will require students to take part in in-person learning events, held during the Program Orientation in September.
The curriculum is comprised of eight courses in addition to a Capstone Leadership Project Course that will include an internship, as follows:
- Leadership & Organizational Behaviour
- Leadership in Pharmacy Education
- Pharmacy Leadership Seminar
- Contemporary Leadership Issues in Pharmacy
- Interprofessional Perspectives on Healthcare
- Evidence Appraisal in Healthcare
- Economic Evaluation
- The Politics of Health Policy
- Capstone Leadership Project Course
The MPL curriculum will give graduates skills and knowledge that will help them succeed in roles where they might participate in the following sorts of activities:
- Apply expertise to provide services in complex, unpredictable or unfamiliar circumstances
- Make autonomous decisions informed by expert knowledge, judgment, strategic objective, and evidence
- Interpret health policy/strategy to establish procedures, codes/standards within defined practice area(s).
- Participate in development of government or institutional health care policy/strategy considering contextual factors (e.g., social determinants of health, equity) impacting public health and policy decisions.
- Critically appraise evidence to support/apply economic, and system evaluations towards the understanding of policy decisions around public health and health innovations, models of care, and interventions.
- Examine the process of resource allocation across the healthcare sector.
- Influence and collaborate with colleagues, clinicians and/or managers to share the vision for professional services in areas such as primary care.
- Lead efforts in response to health care priorities.
- Assess and reassign resources to improve effectiveness of use.
- Contribute to the creation and development of educational programming.
The MPL leverages our Faculty’s experience and track record of excellence within the UBC and Pharmacy communities. The quality of the faculty who have been involved in the design of the MPL and who will implement it have the expertise, qualifications, research, innovation and scholarly record to ensure excellence in curriculum design and in the student experience. Pharmacists enrolled in the MPL Program will learn from talented and devoted expert faculty who have a track record of exemplary teaching and pedagogical innovations, who have been recognized with numerous awards for research and teaching, and who collectively bring decades of experience developing, educating, inspiring, and supporting students, as well as leading within a range of domains in the profession.
The MPL program will provide a robust support system of mentorship connecting students with professional leaders and internship experiences that will foster professional relationships and access to new potential career opportunities. Each student will function within an academic support system comprised of:
- The Program Director
- A Pro-Tem Advisor
- A Faculty Advisor
- A Project Mentor
- The Capstone Project Steering Committee
We will select students who not only demonstrate academic potential, but who also most aptly display a motivation to become leaders in the profession.
Enrolment in the MPL will be limited to 10-15 students and is expected to be highly competitive. The selection process for admission to the MPL may include a personal statement, a curriculum vitae, and participation in an online interview. Completion of a Pharmacy Residency Program will be considered an asset, not a requirement.
Further details on admission requirements and the application process will be made available in the Fall of 2021.
We aim for the tuition to be comparable to and benchmarked against other master-level professional programs in Canada. Further details on the cost of the MPL will be made available in the Fall 2021.