College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences

Message from Dr. Sharrel Pinto, Division Head

Tell me and I forget; Teach me and I remember; Involve me and I learn.
-Benjamin Franklin

Welcome to the Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences (HOSS) department and family. Our nationally recognized program aims to train students who become highly successful leaders and accomplished researchers and practitioners in our field.

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I strongly believe in learning by experience. My colleagues and I are committed to your success. It is our goal to help meet your educational needs and empower you with experiences that will help you reach your post-graduation goals. I am happy to state that my colleagues and I currently are working on a number of exciting projects. Several of these are supported and recognized by national and international organizations or prominent members within the health care field, including but not limited to Integrated Delivery Networks (IDN), Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Managed Care, Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) etc. Every student gains hands-on learning experience with most students graduating with 2-4 projects under their belt. The experience to work and train on these projects is unique and sets our students light years ahead of their peers.

Given the changes in health care, such as the passage and repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the areas of outcomes research, pharmacoeconomics, and population-based research is gaining center stage. However, there is currently a large deficit of individuals with training in this field. It is an exciting time for our profession and an even more exciting time for you! The future of health care is in your hands!! You are in the driver’s seat of your destiny….Come join us and make a difference in health care. 

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.

Contact Us

Sharrel Pinto, Ph.D.
Division Head and Associate Professor
Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences

Phone: 419.383.1906
Fax: 419.383.1950
Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center, 115C

Last Updated: 2/1/17