Division Head

Dr. BarnerJamie Barner, Ph.D. serves as head of the Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice Division, one of five divisions within the College of Pharmacy.

Research interests include: 1) examining the impact of pharmacy services (primarily medication therapy management services) on patient outcomes; 2) understanding factors that affect health care utilization and outcomes; and 3) examining the factors associated with medication adherence.

Visit Dr. Barner’s site to learn more about her research interests.

Assistant Division Head

James Karboski, PharmDJames Karboski, Pharm.D. serves as assistant division head of the Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice Division.

Dr. Karboski teaches undergraduate, professional and graduate courses related to the clinical practice of pharmacy, including patient assessment, pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, and applied pharmacology. Dr. Karboski’s interests focus on curriculum development and innovation.

Visit Dr. Karboski’s site to learn more about his professional interests.


The vision for the Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice Division is to be global leaders in the economic, social, administrative and practice sciences with respect to research, and education and training for professional pharmacy students and graduate students.


The mission of the Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice Division is to conduct innovative and collaborative research and to prepare professional and graduate students to be leaders in practice and research for the benefit of society.

Programmatic Priorities

The priorities of the Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice Division are:

  1. To provide outstanding education and training to professional pharmacy students in the social, economic, administrative and practice sciences;
  2. To provide innovative research that enhances health care delivery and outcomes;
  3. To attract and recruit the top national and international graduate students and faculty;
  4. To educate graduate students to be leaders in their fields;
  5. To develop excellent researchers, educators and managers;
  6. To develop faculty members into national and international leaders;
  7. To conduct outstanding interdisciplinary, translational and community-based research;
  8. To obtain a high level of competitive and contract funding; and
  9. To widely disseminate research findings.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in health outcomes and pharmacy practice are excellent. Many of our Pharm.D. graduates pursue pharmacy residencies, while others enter community, institutional practice, or other areas of practice, or pursue graduate studies. Our graduates typically take positions in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, consulting firms, government agencies, and professional organizations. Those entering academia teach professional pharmacy students, graduate students, and students in other health professions programs, and they conduct research in a variety of health-related areas. Those employed by the pharmaceutical industry and consulting firms are typically involved in various aspects of health economics and outcomes research or marketing research. Government agency positions often focus on health services programs and payment systems while professional organization positions usually focus on health care policies, legislation, and continuing education activities.

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