Graduate training in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research includes didactic course work and independent research experience.
Students are expected to join a research team or initiate an independent research project (under faculty supervision) during their first year of study to gain experience in the design and conduct of research studies. Generally, such projects are focused on pharmacoeconomics, but students also may benefit from exposure to other types of research, including pharmacoepidemiology and health services research.
Program coursework in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research includes a strong methodological focus on the conceptualization, design, and conduct of formal pharmacoeconomic and related analyses. Since pharmacoeconomics employs quantitative methods, students will learn to measure phenomena such as resource utilization, quality of life (health state utilities), and cost-effectiveness ratios, and generate decision-making statistics such as confidence intervals and cost-effectiveness acceptability curves. Students typically take coursework in related areas such as measurement, pharmacoepidemiology, and biostatistics.
In addition to the core coursework, students who specialize in pharmacoeconomics generally take the following courses, depending on their coursework history:
- PHA 6206 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Microeconomics
- PHA 6286 Pharmaceutical Microeconomics
- PHA 6287 Pharmaceutical Health Economics
- PHA 6264 Pharmacoeconomics and Health Technology Assessment
- PHA 6283 Commercial Applications of Pharmacoeconomics
- PHA 6806 Pharmacoeconomic Modeling
- HSA 7707 Health Services Research Methods
- HSA 7708 Health Services Research Methods II
- HSA 7437 Advanced Health Economics
Required coursework will be supplemented depending on the student’s interests and focus. Examples of available courses include:
- PHA 6891 Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology
- ECO 4504 Public Economics
- GMS 6803 Data Management for Epidemiologic & Clinical Research
- GMS 6842 Translational Research Methods
- GMS 6846 Meta-analysis in Clinical, Health Services Research and Public Health
- PHC 6080 SAS for Public Health – Data
- PHC 6081 SAS for Public Health – Analysis
- PHC 6162 Public Health Grant Writing
- PHC 6937 Applied Survival Analysis
- STA 7249 Generalized Linear Models