The primary mission of the Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) program at the University of Maryland is to train strong researchers in a variety of important areas.

It provides graduates with the theory, practical experience, and decision-making skills needed to address a wide range of pharmacy related problems.

The widespread use of medications in society has created a demand for individuals skilled in the evaluation of pharmaceutical services and interventions. The dynamic health care environment has created a number of critical factors that are constantly shaping and reshaping the health policies of the United States and countries around the world. Pharmaceutical services are a vital part of health care, and factors affecting health care inevitably impact on pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry, and pharmacy practitioners. Some of the factors that are of academic and research interest include:

  • the role of the federal and state governments in health care policy
  • third-party programs
  • drug utilization
  • cost containment
  • medication compliance
  • provision of pharmaceutical services
  • role of health practitioners
  • diffusion of new technologies into the medical care setting

Dual Degree Program: PhD in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research with an MS in Epidemiology

The dual-degree program in the Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) Department and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (DEPH) seeks to

  1. Provide an opportunity for students in the PHSR program to augment their skills by adding more extensive training in epidemiologic methods,
  2. Provide formal recognition of training and expertise in epidemiology among students who complete the specified program,
  3. Formalize collaborations between the two departments in the training of these students.

This program is available only to students accepted into the PHSR program. Any PHSR graduate student is eligible to apply for admission to the dual-degree program and students must remain in good standing with the PHSR program and the Graduate School. Students admitted into the program will be awarded the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees simultaneously at the completion of their studies in the dual-degree program.