Pharmacy informatics syllabi in doctor of pharmacy programs in the US

Am J Pharm Educ. 2008 Aug 15;72(4):89. doi: 10.5688/aj720489.


Objectives: To assess pharmacy informatics education, identify current competencies, and develop a foundational set of recommendations.

Methods: Accredited pharmacy programs were contacted. Data were collected using a mixed-mode procedure. Didactic and experiential syllabi were analyzed for compliance with informatics competencies in Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Standards 2007.

Results: Thirty-two of 89 schools responded; 25 provided syllabi (36% response rate, 28% submission rate). Twenty-seven didactic and 9 experiential syllabi were received. The syllabi contained a diverse mix of educational content, some of which represented pharmacy informatics content as defined by ACPE. Schools are teaching clinical system terminology, applications, and evaluation.

Conclusions: Many professional programs are not providing instruction in pharmacy informatics. There may be confusion within the academy/profession between pharmacy informatics and drug information practice. Much work is required for programs to become compliant with the ACPE 2007 pharmacy informatics competencies.

Keywords: curriculum; informatics; information; technology.

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation
  • Curriculum* / standards
  • Education, Pharmacy, Graduate* / standards
  • Guideline Adherence
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Medical Informatics* / standards
  • Pharmaceutical Services* / standards
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States