Department of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing
The pharmaceutical and healthcare marketing department is dedicated to equipping students with the skills and experience necessary to secure sales and marketing opportunities with major pharmaceutical companies, data analyst roles with healthcare insurers, creative planning positions for advertising agencies, strategic planning and project management roles.
A Future-Ready Program
The Department of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing's program is the oldest dedicated to pharmaceutical and healthcare marketing in the U.S., attracting domestic and international students to study the ever-changing pharmaceutical industry landscape at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Undergraduate students who major in pharmaceutical and healthcare marketing benefit from a unique education experience by combining their major with other areas of study, such as health studies, advertising and business intelligence and analytics. They leave prepared to enter the job market in a number of fields — from communications and public relations to clinical development and market research.
Meanwhile, working professionals with established careers in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, biotech and healthcare select our MBA program to enhance their marketing knowledge and pursue middle- to senior-level management positions in pharmaceutical sales, product management, finance, market research and more.
Get Ahead in the Industry
Our department provides students with the exposure and knowledge necessary for internship and job placement with pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic and biologic companies, including Galderma Laboratories, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Pfizer, Inc. and Sanofi-Aventis. The department has also connected students with organizations that support the industry, including advertising agencies, data managers and clinical organizations such as Amerisource Bergen, Burson-Marsteller, Covance, Euro RSCG Worldwide (Havas), Shire, Suddler Hennessy, Teva and Verispan.
Industry executives often guest lecture classes and speak at monthly PILOT (Pharmaceutical Industry Leaders of Tomorrow) meetings. This exposure to our students has built an elite reputation in the pharmaceutical industry as a program that produces young professionals who enjoy dynamic in-class interaction and direct contact with the pharmaceutical industry.
Course Catalog & Sequence
The Department of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing offers courses that give students a strong understanding of the challenges health-related businesses face in a global economy and the important cultural issues they address. See our core curriculum for our programs, as well as a typical course sequence, below.
News and Announcements
Commencement 21 Ceremonies to Feature Faculty Speakers: Thani Jambulingam, Ph.D., Saint Joseph’s professor of pharmaceutical and healthcare marketing, is the 2021 recipient of the Tengelmann Award for Distinguished Teaching and Scholarship. His scholarship portfolio is vast and he has presented at international, national, regional and local conferences. At the undergraduate level, he teaches Marketing Research and Supply Chain Management and Pricing, courses in which he infuses his research on organizational strategy. He also teaches in the MBA program, the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing MBA and the cohort program for physicians at the graduate level, courses in which he integrates his research on regulatory economics and strategy.
Xavier Creative House CEO Sunny White ’09 (MBA) Pays it Forward to Future Leaders: Sunny White ’09 (MBA), who will complete her Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing Certificate from Saint Joseph’s in 2021, discusses her experience founding Xavier Creative House (XCH), a healthcare marketing agency specializing in pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device.
Announcing the National Alumni Board’s New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council Co-Chairs: Christian O’Brien ’13, who majored in pharmaceutical and healthcare marketing at Saint Joseph's and currently works as a vaccine specialist for biopharmaceutical company Sanofi, was appointed as one of the co-chairs of the new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council at Saint Joseph's, a subcommittee of the University’s National Alumni Board (NAB).
How the U.S. Can Create a Faster, More Flexible Supply Chain: The effort to push critical medical supplies into the hands of first responders and hospitals fighting the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed critical flaws in the U.S. health care system’s supply chain under crisis, says Thani Jambulingam, Ph.D., Saint Joseph’s professor of pharmaceutical and healthcare marketing. The issue, Jambulingam says, is a lack of a coordinated response to the pandemic across all levels of government.
The amazing professors in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Department have taught me many applicable skills and opportunities to work with companies inside and outside of the classroom. Multiple professors have inspired me professionally."
My education at Saint Joseph's University prepared me to understand the basics and the behind-the-scenes business aspect of healthcare."
My co-op experience provided me with a detailed look into the pharmaceutical industry, and my specialized marketing degree of pharmaceutical and healthcare has granted me exposure in areas that most colleges do not offer."