Joshua M. Thorpe, Ph.D., M.P.H., is associate professor (tenure) in the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh, and a core faculty member of the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. Dr. Thorpe is a pharmaceutical health services researcher whose program of research aims to reduce disparities in access to care, and provide evidence on the comparative effectiveness of various treatment options and management strategies for complex older patients managing multiple medical conditions.
Dr. Thorpe received his BA in Neuroscience from Hamilton College, Master of Public Health degree (Epidemiology) from George Washington University, and his Doctoral degree in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Thorpe was an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Pharmacy and has served as a statistical service fellow for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Dr. Thorpe’s teaching interests are in two main areas: (1) raising awareness of pharmacists about the needs of the communities in which they practice, and challenging future pharmacists to play a greater role in efforts to reduce disparities and improve public health; and (2) enhancing the scientific skills of pharmacists and graduate students by providing high-quality methodological training in the areas comparative effectiveness research, pharmacoepidemiology, and health services research.