Department of Health Outcomes and Administrative Sciences

The Department of Health Outcomes and Administrative Sciences provides a unique opportunity for interprofessional learning related to the required social, administrative and behavioral components of the PharmD curriculum. The department also supports graduate-level training in health outcomes research to multiple programs throughout the University.

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Health Outcomes and Administrative Sciences. Health outcomes research refers to the influence of healthcare products and services on patients and society and we are a multidisciplinary faculty group dedicated to research that improves patient outcomes.  

The U.S. healthcare system has some of the most advanced technical and therapeutic options to improve health, yet delivery of high-quality healthcare at a reasonable price eludes us, especially when our system is compared to those of other developed countries. This occurs despite higher per capita spending and this paradox has fueled tremendous investment in research aimed at optimizing the allocation of scarce healthcare resources to improve patient outcomes, both on the part of the innovators as well as the payers (including patients).

Outcomes that are commonly studied include disease progression, cost of care, treatment processes and behaviors, quality of life, patient satisfaction and survival. These outcomes can be influenced by new therapeutics, new diagnostics and new professional services, such as medication therapy management. Health outcomes research is frequently conducted in real-world practice settings, requiring very specialized statistical and methodological techniques.

Our faculty focus on healthcare delivery research that includes population-based epidemiological studies of conditions in the elderly, quality-of-care measures, and biostatistics and bioinformatics. Our PharmD students work directly with departmental faculty conducting this research on the many ways to improve access, provision, quality and financing of healthcare delivery, chiefly through pharmacy services. The department also supports graduate-level training in pharmaceutical sciences.

This is an exciting time to study health outcomes!

Students interested in graduate training or research opportunities are encouraged to contact departmental faculty directly.