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2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Dec 10, 2023
2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Pharmaceutical Sciences - Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research Track, PhD

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Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research

Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research (POPR) is a specialty track/program in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The POPR track will train students to investigate the impact and outcomes of pharmaceutical products, pharmacy services, and pharmaceutical policies across health care systems. The core mission of POPR is the advancement of knowledge about the safety and effectiveness of medicines, and pharmacy’s role in improving population health. POPR students most often focus on patient-centered outcomes such as access, safety, quality of care, costs, and patient-reported health. Graduates will be trained to work in a broad range of settings, including: academia; pharmaceutical industry; government organizations such as FDA, AHRQ, NIH; contract research organizations; and health care systems

  • You will learn epidemiological study designs, data management, data analysis, and data interpretation.
  • You will develop strong quantitative methodological skills in pharmaceutical outcomes and health services research.
  • You will apply social/behavioral theory to the study of patient, provider, and organizational behaviors as it relates to pharmaceuticals and pharmacy practice.
  • You will learn how pharmaceutical outcomes research is used to inform clinical practice and guide health policy decisions.


PhD Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation


Students must complete a total of 72 credit hours to fulfill the requirements for the PhD.  Required courses for all MS students are listed below.  Students who have had prior course work or extensive experience in a given area may be exempted from the required course at the discretion of the faculty.  The remaining credit requirements are completed through elective courses and thesis research.  The specific plan of study is developed by the student and their faculty advisor and committee.  Courses should be selected to assure an adequate breadth of knowledge as well as depth in the student’s focus area.

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