About the HOPR Program


The M.S. and Ph.D. Graduate Programs in Health Outcomes and Policy Research, with a concentration in pharmacoeconomics, are designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate the economic, clinical and humanistic outcomes of medical treatment. The program focuses on producing graduates for positions that emphasize research rather than administration.

Topics addressed in the program include the many facets of economics in healthcare, including the use of pharmaceuticals, appropriateness and quality of care, patient outcomes, patient satisfaction with care, costs of both appropriate and inappropriate medication use, public policies related to health care and pharmacoepidemiological considerations. The course of study examines the respective roles and behaviors of the healthcare professionals (e.g., physicians, pharmacists, nurses, allied health) involved in patient care and the influence of healthcare-related organizations (e.g., managed care, health maintenance organizations, public and private insurance, pharmaceutical manufacturers) on health outcomes. Very important to the medication use process and the understanding of health disparities is the role of the patient. Major research interests of the faculty include evaluation of Medication Therapy Management Services, Health Disparities, and Consumer Perception of Pharmacists.

Health Policy

The Health Policy focus of the Graduate Program in Health Outcomes and Policy Research is designed to provide an intense, academic foundation for students pursuing careers in research, teaching, and health administration. The formal curriculum provides a comprehensive understanding of health policy development, implementation and analysis, with required courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics and research methods as well as in health care systems and public policy. The program is designed to provide maximum flexibility for students with a variety of interests and backgrounds.

Health Systems Pharmacy Management

The M.S. Graduate Program in Health Outcomes and Policy Research with a concentration in health systems pharmacy management is combined with a two-year residency. It is designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities necessary to provide and evaluate a comprehensive pharmacy benefit and service for patients of organized health care settings. The program emphasizes health systems pharmacy management. It also includes but is not limited to the following practice management areas: medication systems management, human resources management, fiscal management, and technology assessment. Medication systems management focuses on the study of drug resources, safe/effective drug use systems, drug information and therapy management, and pharmacy data management. An additional program focus is the medication use process in the health care system and in society to reflect interactions and services among providers of care, payers of care, and recipients of care.

Contact Us

Graduate Program
Health Science Administration
UTHSC College of Pharmacy
881 Madison Ave., Room 440
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-1060
Fax: 901-448-4731