Social and Administrative Sciences Section Webinar

April 22, 2019
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET

Teaching Biostatistics & Research Design to Pharmacy Students

Biostatistics and research design are "required elements of the didactic doctor of pharmacy curriculum" (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education). Despite this, there is variability among schools and colleges of pharmacy regarding what content is covered in these domains, the level at which such material is taught, who should provide the instruction, when such content should be delivered, and the methods use to convey this subject matter. Furthermore, some even question why such elements should be required. In this webinar, the speaker will attempt to address this variability while also sharing examples of approaches and methods for inclusion of this content in pharmacy curricula as well as its assessment.


  1. Describe levels of mastery in statistics and research design and how this taxonomy relates to issues of content coverage in pharmacy curricula;
  2. Provide examples of learning activities that incorporate biostatistics and research design into pharmacy education; and
  3. Design some educational assessments for content related to biostatistics and research design.

Marie Barnard, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Administration
University of Mississippi

John P. Bentley, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor of Pharmacy Administration and Marketing
Program Coordinator, UM Graduate Minor in Applied Statistics
University of Mississippi

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