The focus of research and teaching in the Health Outcomes & Pharmacy Practice Division is on improving the health of society. The division fosters opportunities for collaboration among faculty within and outside of the division in both teaching and research activities, particularly those that are practice-related. Topics related to utilization and cost of medication and other health care services, patient behaviors and outcomes, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, and practice-based research are covered.
At the Pharm.D. level, division faculty members are responsible for a variety of courses designed to prepare students to provide outstanding patient care. These courses include: Introduction to Patient Care, Human Resource Management and Patient Behavior, Nonprescription Pharmacotherapeutics, Patient Assessment, Pharmacy and the U.S. Healthcare System, Pharmacy Professional Communications, Interprofessional Ethics, Introduction to Clinical Skills, Basic Intravenous Admixtures, Institutional and Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences, Clinical Skills, Pharmacy Law, Experiential Pharmacy Practice and Patient Counseling, Cultural Competency, Pharmacoeconomics, Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medications, Introduction to Botanicals and Neutraceuticals, Compounding, Community Pharmacy Management, Hospital Pharmacy, Patient Safety, and Contemporary Issues in Health Care. In addition, faculty members are involved in the pharmacotherapeutics sequence of courses and professional development convocation courses. Division faculty members also teach courses open to non-pharmacy students including Pharmacology for Nursing Students, Drugs in Our Society, and a variety of health-related topics open to entering freshmen known as Signature Courses. Under the interprofessional education initiative, our faculty will be collaborating with faculty in the Dell Medical School, School of Nursing, and School of Social Work to teach pharmacy students and students in those other areas in an interprofessional environment.
Graduate-level courses taught by division faculty members help prepare graduate students to conduct research focused on improving the health of society. Topics related to utilization and cost of medication and other health care services, patient behaviors and outcomes, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, and practice-based research are covered in the following courses taught by division faculty: Experimental Design and Research Methods in Health Care, Advanced Research Methods, Data Analysis in Health Care, Health Behavior Theory and Medication Use Process, Health Care Systems, Pharmacoeconomics, Health-Related Quality of Life, Introductory and Advanced Pharmacoepidemiology, and Ethical Considerations in Human Subjects Research. In addition, our graduate students benefit from the expertise of faculty in other departments in the University including the McCombs School of Business, the College of Education, the Sociology Department, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and others.
Along with graduate coursework, division faculty members supervise research projects conducted by more than 20 post-graduates, including Master’s and Ph.D. graduate students, pharmacy practice residents, and health outcomes fellows. In addition, community and ambulatory care pharmacy practice residents are trained to deliver innovative clinical pharmacy services to patients and to become leaders in their respective fields.
Faculty in the Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice Division conduct research in a variety of areas including:
- factors that affect the utilization of and expenditures for medications and other health care services;
- medication adherence and persistence;
- the cultural and social elements that may impact patient outcomes;
- health promotion;
- heath disparities;
- the impact of pharmacy services on patient outcomes;
- pharmacoepidimiology; and
- pharmacy practice.
Master’s & Ph.D. Graduate Programs
Graduate education, research, and scholarly work leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from this division are designed to assist the student in attaining the highest level of professional and academic competence in the fields of Pharmacy Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice. The objective of the graduate program in Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice is to prepare the graduate for the numerous opportunities in the economic, social, administrative, and clinical practice sciences related to pharmacy. The program is designed to meet the specific needs and objectives of the student in addition to providing a foundation of course work which is required of every graduate student seeking the degree. In addition to the core coursework, students select a minor field to develop additional expertise to develop in an area related to Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice. Visit the degree requirements page for details about the curriculum and division-specific requirements.
Center for Pharmacoeonomic Studies
The Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies resides within the Drug Dynamics Institute of the College and is comprised of faculty and researchers who have a keen interest in clinical, humanistic, and economic outcomes research. The purpose of the Center is to conduct pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research, to assist others in this area, and to provide educational programs on pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research.
- To examine the impact of pharmaceutical services and products and other health care services on patients’ health-related outcomes.
- To serve as a bridge in bringing together the Center’s researchers with researchers and managers from the pharmaceutical industry, pharmacy benefit managers, managed care organizations, clinical research organizations, pharmacy organizations and associations, health care institutions, other academic institutions, and funding sources.
- To provide expertise in the areas of study design, methodology, data collection, analysis and interpretation for health economics and outcomes studies, including the evaluation of procedural or policy changes.
- To provide an environment where clinical pharmacy providers and scientists can work with researchers from the areas of economics, management, and marketing.
- To disseminate scholarly findings.
- To develop, present, and support educational programs furthering the understanding of pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research.
Eligibility & Admissions
Students entering our program have a baccalaureate or Pharm.D. degree in pharmacy, or a baccalaureate or higher degree in a discipline such as public health, business, or other relevant areas. Practice experience, pharmaceutical industry experience, or other relevant experience is encouraged.
Additional details about eligibility and admissions can be found on the Research & Graduate Studies site.
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