The Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy is among the largest and finest Department of its kind in the United States. A key role of the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy is to contribute to the education of future pharmacists and pharmacy researchers. The program is highly competitive, STEM-designated and attracts students from all over the world. The Program offers opportunities for individualized work to meet the special needs of each prospective student.


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With today’s emphasis on both the cost and quality of health care, opportunities abound for those with research expertise in pharmacy systems, outcomes, and policy. Employers from the pharmaceutical industry, consulting organizations, government agencies, managed care companies, academia, and others are highly interested in individuals who can integrate and apply knowledge in biostatistics and research design with social sciences in order to study pharmacy services, pharmaceutical products, patient and health system outcomes, and pharmaceutical and health policy.

Scope of Study

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Under the aegis of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Graduate College, the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy (PSOP) offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmacy. The program is highly competitive, attracting students from all over the world, and offers opportunities for individualized work to meet the individual needs of each prospective student. The program provides intensive coursework and strong emphasis is placed on combining fundamentals of statistics and research design with theoretical frameworks from decision and information sciences, economics, psychology, epidemiology, communication, public health, and education.

Research Emphasis

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A primary goal of the program is to produce graduates who can independently conduct high-quality research that is both significant and innovative, with implications for health and health care. Students benefit from the strong research programs of the Department, which are facilitated by local, national, and international partnerships with government agencies, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, professional associations, and with other researchers. Areas of emphasis (and specialization for students) include pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research, pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety, pharmacy systems and policy, and pharmaceutical education research.

Work along side top faculty

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Students in the program will work with faculty who are national and international leaders in their areas of expertise. The faculty members of the Department have leadership positions in academic and professional associations, are editors of major medical and pharmacy journals, and serve on boards of pharmacy and healthcare-related companies and foundations. Along with the full-time members, adjunct and affiliate faculty members from government, industry, and pharmacy practice, provide complementary expertise and contribute to the mission of the department.

Successful Alumni

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Joining our graduate program provides access to tremendous networking opportunities through faculty and past alumni, many of whom hold senior positions and have become leaders in academia, pharmaceutical industry, and health care-related business organizations.

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