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Research and Scholarship

The primary goal of the Department is to conduct research and scholarship that is collaborative, innovative, and that will have an impact on society.


Research conducted by faculty and students may be theoretical or applied and is often interdisciplinary in nature, requiring collaboration across the health sciences and other fields. This research is facilitated by strong partnerships with local, national, and international companies, with government agencies, managed care organizations, pharmaceutical manufacturers, health provider organizations, professional associations, and with other national and international university-based researchers. For a listing of current research conducted by the Department see the Grants page on this website.

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The research of the Department is nationally and internationally renowned and is funded by top governmental agencies, foundations, and pharmaceutical companies. Particular research strengths of the Department include comparative effectiveness research, health-related quality of life, medication and health disparities, medication compliance, patient and medication safety, pharmaceutical outcomes research, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, and pharmacy services research. 

Many PSOP faculty are also members of the UIC Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomic Research (CPR). The CPR is jointly administered by PSOP and the Department of Pharmacy Practice, and is widely regarded for its research and training programs. Between 2005 and 2013 the CPR was also the coordinating site for the Chicago-Area DEcIDE Center (Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness) funding by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).The Department was also home of an AHRQ funded CERT (Centers for Educations and Research on Therapeutics) from 2006 to 2013.


While conducting research and generating new knowledge are important, for such information to inform public policy and impact society it must be disseminated and used. Thus, the Department actively seeks to translate and disseminate its research findings in scholarly publications and presentations at scientific meetings in order to inform health care policy and practice. For more information see Publications.