Department of Pharmacotherapy 

MS in Health System Pharmacy Administration

The Master of Science in Health System Pharmacy Administration (HSPA) is designed to train future health –system pharmacy leaders.  It is only offered in conjunction with the Health System Pharmacy Administration (HSPA) 2 year residency programs offered at University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics and Intermountain Healthcare. 

More information on the ASHP-accredited HSPA residencies is available at:

University of Utah Health Care http://pharmacyservices.utah.edu/residency_programs/index.html  

Intermountain Healthcare https://intermountainhealthcare.org/careers/residencies-training/pharmacy-residency/  

The MS program provides a curriculum and experience in the administrative sciences so that HPSA students/residents are able to apply administrative principles and methods to every-day management problems. In the curriculum, the first year of the program offers courses specific to health system pharmacy leadership and management. Elective courses are selected in conjunction with the student’s HSPA residency director to complement specific student interests. Each residency program designs experiences to complement the MS curriculum.

Candidates for this program must be accepted to one of the residency programs by participating in the ASHP residency matching program. Once accepted to one of the HSPA residency programs, residents apply to the University of Utah Graduate School for admission to the MS program. Deadline for the Graduate School application is April 1 so candidates need to apply quickly once they have been accepted to the residency program to avoid late fees. 

For more information on the MS academic program, contact:

Nancy A. Nickman, PhD, RPh
Professor of Pharmacotherapy
nancy.nickman@pharm.utah.edu