The Destination for Pharmacy Education

Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy


Implementation and Evaluation of Patient Care Services

Organizational theories and implementation science principles are used to guide an examination of factors influencing the sustainability, adoption and implementation of innovative patient care services in real-world organizations.
Salisa C. Westrick, Ph.D.

Comparative Effectiveness Research

Comparative effectiveness research is designed to inform health-care decisions by providing evidence on the effectiveness, benefits and harms of different treatment options. Systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and observational studies are used to help guide comparisons of treatments, procedures or health-care services.
Jingjing Qian, Ph.D.

Digital Health

Digital health encompasses a variety of domains, including health information technology, telehealth, mobile health, wearables, and interactive and immersive technology. Collectively, digital health tools are intended to improve health outcomes by enabling a more personalized health care experience that is informed, efficient, portable, and person-centered.
Brent Fox, Ph.D., Pharm.D. and Kimberly B. Garza, Pharm.D., MBA, Ph.D.

Motivational Interviewing

Studies of evidence-based Motivational Interviewing (MI) training outcomes and of MI-trained practitioner interventions for health behavior change and provider behavior change in chronic disease management and prevention, in academic detailing to influence prescriber behaviors, and in non-stigmatizing conversations for weight management, opioid abuse prevention, mental health, and for patient decision-making about vaccines.
Jan Kavookjian, MBA, Ph.D.


The goal of pharmacoepidemiology research is to understand and improve population-based health outcomes such as clinical adverse events, drug-drug interaction, medication adherence and utilization affected by pharmaceutical products and policy.
Jingjing Qian, Ph.D. and Matthew Loop, Ph.D.

Socio-Behavioral Pharmacy

The application of social and behavioral science and economic theory to understand and assess the impact of physician, pharmacist and patient behaviors on healthy eating treatment adherence and outcomes.
Jan Kavookjian, MBA, Ph.D., Salisa C. Westrick, Ph.D. and Kimberly B. Garza, Pharm.D., MBA, Ph.D.

Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy

The application of economic theories to determine the best use of resources for pharmaceuticals and services.
Surachat Ngorsuraches, Ph.D.

Last Updated: September 11, 2023