Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research


Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research (POPR) is a specialty track/program in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The POPR track will train students to investigate the impact and outcomes of pharmaceutical products, pharmacy services, and pharmaceutical policies across health care systems. The core mission of POPR is the advancement of knowledge about the safety and effectiveness of medicines, and pharmacy’s role in improving population health. POPR students most often focus on patient-centered outcomes such as access, safety, quality of care, costs, and patient-reported health. Graduates will be trained to work in a broad range of settings, including: academia; pharmaceutical industry; government organizations such as FDA, AHRQ, NIH; contract research organizations; and health care systems

  • You will learn epidemiological study designs, data management, data analysis, and data interpretation.

  • You will develop strong quantitative methodological skills in pharmaceutical outcomes and health services research.

  • You will apply social/behavioral theory to the study of patient, provider, and organizational behaviors as it relates to pharmaceuticals and pharmacy practice.

  • You will learn how pharmaceutical outcomes research is used to inform clinical practice and guide health policy decisions.

Year 1 Fall

Course Number Course Name Credits
BIOST 2041 Biostatistics I 3
EPIDEM 2110 Principles of Epidemiology 3
EPIDEM 2185 Introduction to SAS 2
HPM 2821 Health and Medical Care Organization 2
PHARM 3024 Seminar 1
TBD Journal Club 1
Electives   2-4

Year 1 Spring

Course Number Course Name Credits
BIOST 2042 Biostatistics II 3
BIOST 2049 Applied Regression Analysis 3
EPIDEM 2180 Epidemiological Methods 3
PHARM 2003 Pharmacoepidemiology* 2
PHARM 3024 Seminar 1
CLRES 3140 Intro to Translational Research* 2
TBD Journal Club 1

Year 2 Fall

Course Number Course Name Credits
BIOST 2046 Analysis of Cohort Studies 3
EPIDEM 2187 Epidemiological Methods 2 3
TBD Social and Behavioral Theory 3
PHARM 3038 Grant Writing I 2
PHARM 3043 Teach me to teach you 1
PHARM 3024 Seminar 1
TBD Journal Club 1

Year 2 Spring

Course Number Course Name Credits
PHARM 3039 Grant Writing II 2
CLRES 2050 Ethics and Regulation of Research 1
TBD Advanced Pharmaceutical Health Services Research Methods 3
PHARM 3023 Foundations in Pharm Sci 5
PHARM 3024 Seminar 1
TBD Journal Club 1
TBD Electives 2-3

Primary Contact

Joshua M. Thorpe, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
916 Salk Hall
412-624-7951
jmthorpe@pitt.edu