Pharmacoepidemiology and Safety Sciences

What is Pharmacoepidemiology?



Pharmacoepidemiology and Safety Sciences can be defined as the application of epidemiologic reasoning, methods, and knowledge to the study of the uses and effects of drugs in human populations.[1]

Scientific expertise in Pharmacoepidemiology and Safety Sciences includes:

  • Content knowledge related to drug safety, pharmacovigilance, comparative effectiveness, drug utilization and risk management
  • Technical expertise in epidemiologic methods, measurement issues specific to drugs, clinical services and diagnosis and secondary data analysis

Examples of pharmacoepidemiologic research include:

  • Drug safety studies (e.g, the detection of new safety concerns after drug approval)
  • Comparative effectiveness studies (e.g, the evaluation of )
  • Drug utilization studies (e.g, the description of trends in or determinants of the use of certain medications)

Jenny Wei

POP Track Leader

Jenny Wei, Ph.D., M.S.

"Our goal is to help students build a solid understanding of pharmacoepidemiologic principles and methods, as well as develop strong reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical skills for research in this field."

[1]Hartzema AG, Porta M, Tilson HG.  Pharmacoepidemiology – An Introduction. Harvey Whitney Books Compnay, Cincinnati, OH 1997