Phad 395, Pharmacy Ethics

Phad 395, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Ms. Patricia O’Sullivan

Instructor name:
Ms. Patricia O’Sullivan

Patricia O'Sullivan is an Instructor in Pharmacy Administration, teaching the Pharmacy Ethics course for the pre-pharmacy program, and she is also the Program Manager for Externally Funded Academic Innovation Projects in the Academic Innovation Group.

Ms. O'Sullivan received a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1991, an M.A. in Theology from Assumption College in 1993, and an M.A. in History from the University of Mississippi, Oxford in 2007. Ms. O'Sullivan has completed several certificate programs in instructional design, open educational resources (OER), eLearning, and faculty development. She has published four historical fiction novels and two contemporary novels that highlight the themes of religion and identity.

Contact Information:

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Course Description

Pharmacy Ethics provides students with a theoretical and scientific base for understanding human ethics, allows students to apply the principles of healthcare ethics to current ethical cases, and teaches students to understand how ethics shapes healthcare policy both in the United States and abroad.

Methods of Presentation: Reading assignments, written student response questions, and practice activities.

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. Demonstrate medication expertise by developing, integrating, and applying knowledge from foundational and clinical sciences.
  2. Communicate effectively with individuals from varying educational, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds including patients, other health care professionals, and the public.
  3. Provide patient care by ensuring safe dispensing of medications, performing accurate individualized calculations, appropriately making pharmacotherapy decisions, and properly documenting patient encounters.
  4. Develop reflective practices and take personal responsibility for professional development.
  5. Engender an engaging, respectful team approach to health care.
  6. Develop and participate in population-based strategies to address risk reduction, health disparities, and safe and effective medication use.

Course Outline:

This course is composed of 13 instructional modules:

You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance. *  NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.


Reading Assignments

Due for Grades


*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.* NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz



Discussion board


Module 1: Science and globalism

Complete Module 1.
Complete Practice activity 1.
Complete Assignment 1.


Module 2: Professional Codes of Ethics

Complete Module 2.
Complete Practice activity 2.
Complete Assignment 2.


Module 3: Systems of Ethics

Complete Module 3.
Complete Practice activity 3.
Complete Assignment 3.


 Module 4: Ethics and human nature

Complete Module 4.
Complete Practice activity 4.
Complete Assignment 4


Module 5: The brain and ethics

Complete Module 5.
Complete Practice activity 5.
Complete Assignment 5.


Module 6: Society and ethics

Complete Module 6
Complete Practice activity 6
Complete Assignment 6


Proctored Midterm Exam covering modules 1-6 (ensure all work is completed and graded prior to scheduling this exam)

Take the midterm exam


If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your orientation information.

If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course.
The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your orientation information.


Module 7: Autonomy and ethics

Complete Module 7.
Complete Practice activity 7.
Complete Assignment 7.


Module 8: Research and ethics

Complete Module 8.
Complete Practice activity 8.
Complete Assignment 8.


Module 9: Reproductive health ethics

Complete Module 9.
Complete Practice activity 9.
Complete Assignment 9.


Module 10: Ethics of End-of-life care

Complete Module 10.
Complete Practice activity 10.
Complete Assignment 10.


 Module 11: Healthcare systems

Complete Module 11.
Complete Practice activity 11.
Complete Assignment 11.


 Module 12: Public Health and Safety

Complete Module 12. Complete Practice activity 12. Complete Assignment 12.

Final Exam

Proctored exam from modules 7-12 (ensure all work is completed and graded prior to scheduling this exam)

To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit


There are 28 short quizzes distributed throughout 11 of the 12 topic modules. Each of 11 of the 12 modules contains a practice activity and an assignment. There is a midterm exam and final exam just because I am required to give them. But I think they are pedagogically lazy and unnecessary. So your midterm and final are one easy question each.

  • Syllabus quiz @ 10 points = 10 points
  • 26 quizzes @ 5 points each = 130 points
  • 10 practice activities @ 10 points each = 100 points
  • 11 assignments @ 10 points each = 110
  • CITI certificate @ 40 points = 40 points
  • Midterm exam @ 5 points = 5 points
  • Final exam @ 5 points = 5 points
  • Total points = 400

A= 360 points or above
B = 320 - 359 points
C = 280 - 319 points
D = 240 - 279 points
F = Below 240 points

The grading format is as follows:

  • Module Assignments 27.5%
  • Practice Activities 25%
  • Quizzes 35%
  • CITI Certificate 10%
  • Exams 2.5%


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.