PhD Program-Concentration in CER-PCOR

The Pharmaceutical Health Services Research Department (PHSR) has a very successful MS and PhD degree-granting program that has been in existence since 1983.

The interdisciplinary program is designed with a strong foundation in research methods, statistics, epidemiology, economics, policy, and behavioral sciences from the theoretical and applied perspectives. Students must declare an area of concentration and currently may select from: CER/PCOR, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmaceutical policy, or health behavior science. Until now, CER/PCOR has always been a part of the curriculum but now is a separate area of concentration.

The CER/PCOR option gleans from the existing core curriculum and graduate course offerings with the same core requirements in prospective and retrospective research design, methods analysis, etc. To be awarded a doctoral degree with a CER/PCOR concentration, a student must earn a minimum of 60 credits. 

Experiential training is required for this program. Graduate students will spend one semester with one of the various training sites. Students will be matched with site and research mentors based on interests and experience and will be required to complete a research project in collaboration with their experiential site mentor.

Students interested in applying to a degree program in PHSR should contact Colleen Day, graduate program coordinator, and review PhD in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research for more information.