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Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences
Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences is the pharmaceutical science focusing on patient and population healthcare outcomes, comparative effectiveness research, economic outcomes of drug and disease management, and the social and behavioral influences of patient and healthcare provider actions. Graduate studies in Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences embrace a wide range of drug, disease, and sociobehavioral outcomes concepts, creating many challenging research opportunities. Examples of research projects include: the impact of medication therapy management services on health and economic outcomes, factors that influence prescription pricing, the value of targeted programs on the underserved, influences of medication adherence for health safety net patients, the economic benefits of computers in community pharmacy, legal factors that influence the rate at which new drug products are approved for distribution in the United States, and the impact of change on health care delivery systems as they are organized, financed and managed.
About the Program
The Master’s degree in Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences has a research focus. A thesis is required for graduation, and most students complete one or more manuscripts for publication by graduation. The faculty represents the diverse opportunities within this discipline, and each faculty member has an established record of research and publication and is nationally recognized in his or her area of interest. Students choose a track for their educational focus in outcomes research, pharmacoeconomics, social and behavioral sciences, or business administration. Tuition assistance and cost-of-living stipends are available competitively. The graduate program in Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences at The University of Toledo educates its students to:
- Perform as competent researchers in health outcomes, pharmacoeconomics, and social and behavioral science
- Compete successfully for admission into PhD programs in prestigious universities across the country
- Work in many areas of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, including contract research organizations, managed care insurance providers, and regulatory affairs
- Become effective leaders in state and national professional organizations
Why Study Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences at The University of Toledo?
Our graduate program has been successful in providing students with a wide variety of career options. The Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences division is open to inter- and intra-departmental, institutional, industrial and personal collaborations in research that will expand the knowledge within science and foster cooperation between institutions.
The graduate programs are intended for highly motivated students with an appropriate baccalaureate or advanced degree. Potential students are encouraged to visit the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and discuss their career plans with the Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences faculty. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Assistantships are awarded on the basis of the school’s program needs.
About the Curriculum
Programs of study are available to accommodate varying interests and scholastic needs. Each program consists of core course work, elective course work and research.
Core courses represent the areas of academic instruction deemed essential to equip all students with the necessary theoretical base and skills for career success. Elective courses allow a student the opportunity to study a specific area in greater depth or to gain a broader base in several areas. The research component provides the opportunity to investigate a pharmacy health care administration problem under the direction and guidance of a research committee.
Elective courses can be selected from management, marketing, economics, finance, accounting, sociology, psychology, mathematics, quantitative methods, computer sciences and business administration.
Each student’s Plan of Study will be designed to accommodate varying interests and scholastic needs. Each student’s plan will be reviewed by the division coordinator and approved by the student’s major adviser.
A graduate assistantship (GA) is an excellent opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills in teaching or research while receiving compensation. Graduate assistantships covering tuition and stipend are available on a highly competitive basis to selected students. On average, three assistantships are awarded per academic year. The awarding of assistantships is based on the competitiveness of the entire application; however, special attention is given to GRE scores, GPA, and Statement of Purpose. Once an award has been given, excellent performance in assigned responsibilities and in coursework are required to maintain GA funding.
Sharrel Pinto, Ph.D.
Vice Chair and Program Director
Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences
Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center, 115C