Gain business skills for effective leadership and patient advocacy

As a student in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program, you may expand your skill set by earning a concentration in Operations and Technology Management (OTM). Completing the Wisconsin MBA OTM courses during the second and third years of the four-year pharmacy program allows you to stay on track for graduation and distinguish yourself in the job market.

The concentration can lead to career paths in community pharmacy, industry, and health systems management, with the potential to improve patient care. The curriculum is based on the recommendations of professionals working in health care systems, insurance companies, and related fields. The 12-credit requirements include a class in project management and three electives based on your interests. Choose from:

  • Managerial accounting
  • Organizational change
  • Health care operations
  • Service operations
  • Managing teams
  • Negotiations
  • Logistics and supply chain management

Contact Us

Dr. Ed Portillo
Dr. Ed Portillo

Prior to your first business course, you may participate in an online “boot camp” to learn key concepts in preparation for the concentration curriculum. Contact Dr. Ed Portillo at the School of Pharmacy at for more information.

You may also participate in the yellow- and green-belt Six Sigma process improvement training provided through the Erdman Center. The workshops will prepare you to drive continuous improvement initiatives in your organization.

Herolind Jusufi
Effective health care is a very complicated problem we are facing in this country, and I hope that through this program I can learn how to be part of the solution.
— Herolind Jusufi Third-year PharmD student