Pharmacoepidemiology and Safety Sciences

Overview

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.

Pharmacoepidemiology is one of the oldest and largest areas of research and training in POP. It can be defined as the application of epidemiologic reasons, methods and knowledge to the study of uses and effects of drugs in human populations. As such pharmacoepidemiology is the last but critical stage in the evaluation cycle of drug effects and can provide detailed information on whether, in what type of patient and under what conditions drugs are safe and effective in real-world populations. Please consider this video where our faculty and students introduce the science of pharmacoepidemiology.

Examples of pharmacoepidemiologic research include:

  • Drug safety studies
  • Comparative effectiveness studies
  • Studies of real-world effects of drug-drug and drug-disease interactions
  • Drug utilization studies including study of determinants of inappropriate medication use

Examples of recent published research by our pharmacoepidemiology faculty are here.

One of the specialty tracks in our graduate program is specifically devoted to training the next generation of pharmacoepidemiologists who pursue careers in academia, industry and regulatory agencies. In addition to our core curriculum the department offers several courses specific the pharmacoepidemiologic methods. More about the curriculum can be found here.

Jenny Wei

POP Track Leader

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

"As a track leader of POP’s core specialty area in pharmacoepidemiology, I am excited to have the opportunity to organize the curriculum for this academic track within the POP graduate program. Our goal is to help students build a solid understanding of pharmaco-epidemiologic principles and methods, as well as develop strong reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical skills for research in this field."

Scientific expertise in Pharmacoepidemiology and Safety Sciences includes:

  • Content knowledge related to drug safety and effectiveness including related pharmacologic and clinical principles, regulatory science approaches to ensure favorable drug risk-benefit including risk management, and clinical practice and healthcare delivery 
  • Technical expertise in epidemiologic methods including study design, measurement and analytical approaches to mitigate bias with particular focus on use of real-world data.

What is Pharmacoepidemiology?

Career Profile

Since pharmacoepidemiology employs quantitative methods, students will learn to measure phenomena such as drug utilization, its quality, and sequelae on patient morbidity or mortality on a population level.

Track Curriculum

In addition to the POP core curriculum courses, we offer four graduate courses at all levels for the pharmacoepidemiology track

Selected Publications

Read selected publications from our faculty, or catch up on the latest News Release to learn more about pharmacoepidemiology research at UF.

Video

What is Pharmacoepi?

Check out POP faculty and students explaining what pharmacoepidemiology is and does.

Pharmacoepi video

Track Faculty

Wei-Hsuan “Jenny” Lo-Ciganic, Ph.D., M.S., M.S.Pharm.

Jenny Lo Cigantic

Resources

Those interested in pharmacoepidemiology should check out the links below and in particular POP’s contributions to the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) and POP’s ISPE local student chapter.