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Health care delivery faces the multiple challenges of limited resources, increasing expenditures, increasing expectations, greater complexity, costly new technology, and limited health care access. The need for professionally-trained translational pharmaceutical research scientists in analyzing medication outcomes and policy planning has never been greater, as pharmaceutical policy issues become larger and more complex.

The POP program's training will focus on the relationship between pharmacotherapy and health outcomes, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, informatics, and pharmaceutical policy. The program will prepare students for careers in the pharmaceutical industry, managed care companies, governmental positions related to healthcare benefits, and academic positions focused on research related to pharmaceutical outcomes and policy. The program core is composed of courses in economics, epidemiology, policy, and econometrics.

Institute of Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy 

Areas of Study

  • Health Behavior
  • Health Economics
  • Informatics
  • Legal & Regulatory Affairs
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Pharmacy Law & Ethics
  • Quality Improvement

Prospective Students

Prospective graduate students come from a national pool of applicants with backgrounds in pharmacy as well as other fields such as anthropology, biology, business administration, dentistry, economics, epidemiology, gerontology, health administration, medicine, nursing, public health, political science, psychology, public administration, public policy, social work, sociology and other majors. Most entry-level students have a degree in pharmacy or a related graduate degree with a background or interest in pharmaceutical research.


Research and teaching assistantships and fellowships are available and are awarded on a competitive basis. Assistantship funding includes a competitive stipend and benefits package consisting of tuition and graduate student health insurance.



We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.