OUR MISSION: Improve health among diverse populations through health services and other drug-related research, education, service and community outreach.

PHSR Alumni Voices

Watch this two-minute video to learn more about the PHSR Graduate Program and hear several alumni reflect on their experiences and how their time in the program helped prepare them for competitive careers in academia, government, and the pharmaceutical industry.


Faculty Research Interests
Explore the fields of research PHSR faculty are currently investigating.

Open Faculty Positions
View employment opportunities that the department is currently recruiting for.

Postdoctoral Fellows:

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Policy and Health Economics Research
This fellowship provides the trainee with a multidisciplinary research and training environment and the opportunity to collaborate with local and state policymakers, preparing fellows for positions in academia, pharmaceutical or insurance industries, consulting, and government. The position will be primarily for one year, with possible extension.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)
The PCOR fellow will work within the Patient-Centered Values in Healthcare Evaluation (PAVE) Center to support community outreach, ongoing research, and programmatic operations of the center. Fellows will work closely with academic and state stakeholder partners to address a range of research questions on medication safety and outcomes, health disparities, and value assessment.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Pharmacoepidemiology & Outcomes Research (PEPI)
The PEPI fellow will engage in quantitative analytic research funded by federal, state of Maryland, and corporate agencies. Fellows will work closely with academic and state stakeholder partners to address a range of research questions on medication safety, health disparities, and social determinants of health. The fellow will apply advanced methodological and statistical methods to address confounding and bias as well as longitudinal and multi-level analyses.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
This fellow should have a background in large data analysis (e.g. longitudinal analysis, structural equation modeling). Having some experience working with vulnerable communities and stakeholder engagement will be a plus. The selected candidate will work directly with Dr. Ester Villalonga-Olives and Dr. Camelo Castillo on health inequalities, patient-centered outcomes research, and pharmacoepidemiology research.

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Health Economics Outcomes Research
The fellowship provides multidisciplinary, advanced training to researchers, and prepares fellows for positions in academia, government, pharmaceutical industry, and consulting. Training includes mentored research, grant-writing, publication, presentation, and teaching experiences.

Graduate Programs:

PhD in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR)
Information about the PhD in PHSR program, including research areas, curricular requirements, and how to apply.

MS in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR)
Information about the MS in PHSR program, including curricular requirements, frequently asked questions, and how to apply.

Research Resources:

Pharmaceutical Research Computing
PRC is a research center consisted of health care and information technology professionals dedicated to providing support to the research community.

The Comparative Effectiveness/Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Work Group promotes interprofessional collaboration and broader understanding of the nature, scope, methods, and implications of two related areas of research: comparative effectiveness research (CER) and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR).

UMB Optum Labs Partnership
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has been named a partner in the Optum Labs research collaborative. Researchers across the University are invited to access Optum Labs' rich data resources to pursue innovative projects focusing on improving patient value in the delivery of health care. The process for gaining access these data resources is described on this webpage.

Centers and Programs:

Behavioral Health Resources and Technical Assistance (BHRT) Program
BHRT provides technical assistance to guide communities across Maryland in addressing substance misuse and abuse prevention issues. Its mission is to improve public health by bridging the gap between research and practice through technical assistance and evaluation.

Center on Drugs and Public Policy
The CDPP specializes in providing credible, unbiased, and pragmatic solutions for government agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, professional organizations and private businesses on public health issues and practices involving medication use and regulatory matters.

Patient-Driven Values in Healthcare Evaluation
Patient-Driven Values in Healthcare Evaluation (PAVE) is a Center of Excellence in Patient-Driven Value Assessment dedicated to promoting value-based decision-making through a diverse multistakeholder collaboration and engaging patients from an extensive network of partners to build technical expertise in patient-centered outcomes research, education, and dissemination.

The PATIENTS Program
Initially funded with a $5 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), The Patient-Centered Involvement in Evaluating the Effectiveness of Treatments (PATIENTS) Program partners with patients and health care providers to answer questions about the best treatment options to improve health and quality of life. The program engages people from all communities, especially individuals from underserved and minority populations, in every step of the patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) process.

The Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging
The Center serves as the focal point for research, education, and service in geriatric pharmacotherapy at the University of Maryland.