Why should you join POP?

FACULTY

 

Almut Winterstein, PhD

Almut Winterstein, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor

Graduate Courses taught:
PHA 6265/PHA 6266 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy
PHA 6717 Measurement in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research

Why would you recommend that others should consider joining one of the programs of graduate study in the DPOP?

“Based on my training and interest I have one of my feet in pharmacoepidemiology and the other in patient safety and program evaluation.  Having methodological and clinical training, I consider these areas to be very complementary.  It is with no exaggeration when I say that our Department has one of a handful of graduate programs in the US that offers PhD level training in pharmacoepidemiology and that can expose students to ongoing research that reflects the core of this area.  Our faculty is engaged in key positions related to drug safety and comparative effectiveness research and is able to position future graduate within an excellent network of peers.  We have a wealth of data sources for population-based retrospective analyses and an excellent academic health center across the street with access to state-of-the art electronic health records.  It is the latter that offers one of the most important opportunities for patient safety research as many quality improvement studies have generated there.  Currently UF&Shands will engage with our department in an effort with FMQAI and CMS to develop a new set of inpatient quality measures for Medicare beneficiaries.

To summarize, our department offers more opportunities to students for immersion in research than you will be able to take advantage of.  While we have the luxury to offer a comprehensive curriculum with a good set of advanced methodological courses, I value the research experience as equally important and as equally superb.  To get a better impression please review our faculty’s Cvs.

 

 ALUMNI

 

Jinghua He, PhD

Jinghua He, PhD
POP alumnus

Why would you recommend that others should considering  joining one of the programs of graduate study in the DPOP?

“Outstanding training programs. The POP classes are well designed to fully prepare student for their future career.  The students are exposed to a broad range of pharmacy related disciplines. Students have great flexibility in choosing research topics that they are interested in.

Excellent people. The POP faculties are not only very knowledgeable in their research field, but also very approachable and caring. The staffs are friendly and willing to help.

Abundant research opportunities. The POP department has close collaborations with pharmacy/medicine/public health schools, as well as outside agencies. There are many research opportunities for students to explore.

Teaching opportunities. Most POP graduate students have teaching assignments from the UF Pharm.D. program and/or the on-line master programs. It offers great opportunities to develop teaching skills both inside classroom and through on-line technologies. This is especially helpful for students who consider academic positions.

UF pharmacy network. You would automatically join the UF pharmacy alumni network when you join the POP program. As one of the largest pharmacy school nationwide, The network is a valuable asset that will facilitate successful career.

Great location. Gainesville is a lovely city for living: nice weather, low living expense, convenient communities, good public transportation system, and little safety concerns.”

 

Folakemi Odedina, PhD

Folakemi T. Odedina, PhD
POP alumnus

How was your program of graduate study instrumental in helping you achieve your objectives?

“I came into the graduate program with the goal of specializing in health behavior and outcomes research. Having a structured core curriculum within the department; the flexibility to choose my specialized area courses outside the college; and the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team of scientists helped me achieve my goal in a timely manner. I had access to renowned, well-funded scientists, which exposed me to research from my first year of the graduate program. More importantly, I had great mentors who were genuinely interested in me succeeding.”

Why would you recommend that others should considering  joining one of the programs of graduate study in the DPOP?

“The department has a multidisciplinary team of scientists who are well funded, thereby providing an outstanding environment for graduate students to learn.”

 

Christian Hampp, PhD

Christian Hampp, PhD
POP alumnus

How was your program of graduate study instrumental in helping you achieve your objectives?

“A strength of the program is the diversity of research interests among the faculty members. This ensures that students have the chance to have exposure to various areas while they are defining their own area of interest. Faculty members are open to have students participate in their research and close interaction and discussion among the students is crucial for shaping, improving and defending our own work. Lastly, the wonderful staff makes it a pleasure to be part of this department.”

Why would you recommend that others should considering  joining one of the programs of graduate study in the DPOP?

“The culture in this department is one of working together towards the same goal which results in a harmonic environment. Students can dedicate their time to their projects and get the support that they need without being subjected to overburdening department politics.”

 

Natasha Chen, PhD

Natasha Chen, PhD
POP alumnus

How was your program of graduate study instrumental in helping you achieve your objectives?

“The core curricula during the first two years prepared me for practical problem-solving and basic research.

I have been involved in several projects later on in the process. They added experience in managing large population-based databases and employing advanced statistical techniques. The department seminar and journal club provide opportunity to practice critical thinking and presentation skill.”

Why would you recommend that others should considering  joining one of the programs of graduate study in the DPOP?

“Our faculties have a well-balanced mix of specialty to foster the knowledge and skills in the field of Pharmaceutical Outcomes/Policy research. The department is near the medicine and public health school at UF, as well as, two major hospitals in this area—Shands and the VA, which provides the environment and resources for research collaboration. Florida never lacks of sunshine and people in the department are warm (by nature).”

 

Neil MacKinnon, PhD

Neil MacKinnon, PhD
POP alumnus

How was your program of graduate study instrumental in helping you achieve your objectives?

“Completing a PhD and fellowship at the University of Florida was very instrumental in helping me to achieve my career objectives. It prepared me to be an independent researcher, trained in a variety of methodologies and across the entire spectrum of research in social, behavioral and administrative pharmacy. At the University of Florida, I was exposed to practical research that helped to improve the quality of safety of the medication-use system, yet was based on a solid theoretical framework.”

Why would you recommend that others should considering  joining one of the programs of graduate study in the DPOP?

“I would recommend to others that they strongly consider joining one of the programs of graduate study in the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. They have a critical mass of faculty and graduate students who are actively involved in cutting-edge research. Their work is recognized worldwide and has had a positive impact on both the profession of pharmacy and on the medication-use system. The environment of the department is supportive, engaging and innovative. Plus- let’s admit it – spending a few years in Florida isn’t too bad either.”