The University of Mississippi
School of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacy Administration

Professional Opportunities

Su and Tristen
Past Phad Graduate, Su Bunniran, visits the Pharmacy Administration department to share her new experiences as Associate Consultant with Trinity Partners in Waltham, MA. PIctured here with current Phad Graduate Student, Tristen Jackson in March, 2012.

The graduate program in Pharmacy Administration affords excellent career opportunities in a variety of settings and has maintained an exceptional track record in placing graduates. Graduates of the program have obtained positions in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, managed care organizations, professional associations, consulting and marketing research firms, government agencies, hospitals, and health care journal publication agencies. In academia, the program has produced several chairs of Pharmacy Administration Departments and deans of pharmacy schools nationwide. In the pharmaceutical industry, many alumni have quickly risen to senior management positions in marketing, health/pharmaceutical economics, and pharmacy affairs. Other graduates of the program have secured key positions in the federal and state governments and professional associations in pharmacy.  Below are examples of positions of recent graduates:

  • Steve Blackwell, PhD, JD, RPh, Office of Clinical Standards and Quality Center for Medicine and Medicaid Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Baltimore, MD
  • Suvapun Bunniran, PhD, Associate Consultant, Trinity Partners, Waltham, MA
  • LeighAnn Bynum, Ph.D.,Assistant Professor, Belmont University, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy Administration, Nashville, TN
  • Manasi Datar, Sr. Manager, Supplier Services, IMS Health, Bentonville, AR
  • Sai Dharmarajan, MS, Research Analyst, Acumen, LLC, Burlingame, CA
  • Krutika Jariwala, Epidemiologist position at BCBS Michigan
  • Martin Jernigan, PhD, RPh, Sr. Director, Business Development and New Product Commercialization, Novo Nordisk, Inc., Princeton, NJ
  • Sean King, PhD, RPh, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy, Union University, Jackson, TN
  • William Lobb, PhD, RPh, Partner, Medical Marketing Economics, LLC, Oxford, MS
  • Kyle Null, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi, Center of Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management, Oxford, MS
  • Hafiz Oko-Osi, MS,Research Associate II position, United Biosource Corporation, Maryland
  • Tushar Padwal, MS, Senior Analyst, Medical Marketing Economics, LLC, Oxford, MS
  • Amit Patel, PhD, Director, Medical Marketing Economics, LLC, Oxford, MS
  • Philip Schwab, B.S.P.S., M.S., Clinical Research Consultant, Competitive Health Analytics, Humana, Louisville, KY
  • Saraubh Sewak, Ph.D., Associate Director and Global Brand Lead, Global Oncology Commercialization, Biogen Idec Inc., Wellesley, MA
  • Alan Spies, RPh, JD, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Professional Development, College of Pharmacy, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Vennela Thumula, Ph.D. Policy Analyst at the Workers' Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), Cambridge, MA
  • Sumit Verma, MS, Research Analyst, Acumen, LLC, Burlingame, CA

    Dr. Martin Jernigan, Vice President of Victoza NOVO Nordisk is visiting with the Pharmacy Administration department, and sharing his research ideas.


Summers, 2012-2013

  • Tristen Jackson, M.S. graduate student, is working May-August, 2013, in Senator Cochran's office in Washington, D.C.
  • Sujith Ramachandran, M.S. graduate student, is working June-August, 2013 at Bavarian Nordic in Mountainview, CA
  • Ruchit Shah, M.S. graduate student, is working May-August, 2013, at Biogen IDEC in Boston, MA

    Summers, 2011-2012

  • Namita Joshi, M.S. graduate student, is working as a Health Economics Intern at Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Global Market Access, Biogen Idec, in the Massachusetts-Weston Facility.
  • Zainab Shahpurwala, M.S. graduate student, is working as a Graduate Intern at Amgen in the Global Health Economics Department in Thousand Oaks, California.

    Summers, 2010-2011

  • Amod S. Athavale, Ph.D. graduate student, completed a summer intership at BioVid Corporation in Princeton, NJ. He worked there as a Project Associate.
  • Clive Mendonca, a Ph.D. graduate student, completed a summer internship in the marketing and commercialization department at ToleRx Inc. in Cambridge, Mass.
  • Krutika Jariwala and Leigh Ann Bynum, Ph.D. graduate students, completed part-time summer internships at CE Outcomes in Birmingham, AL.
  • Namita Joshi and Zainab Shahpurwala, M.S. graduate students, completed summer internships at Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development in Boston, MA.
  • Tasneem Lokhandwala, Ph.D. graduate student, completed a summer internship in the Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) department at XcendaAmerisourceBergen Consulting Services in Palm Harbor, FL.
  • Tushar Padwal, M.S. graduate student, completed a summer internship in the Qualitative Services and Statistics Division at BioVid Corporation in princeton, N.J.