Program Overview

About the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy 

Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy as a research area encompasses issues dealing with the various topics involved in Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmaceutical Outcomes Management, Health Outcomes Research, Pharmacy Business Administration, Pharmaceutical and Pharmacy Management, Pharmaceutical Marketing, Consumer Health Behavior, Managed Health Care Issues, Health Policy Development, Pharmaceutical Care, Health Systems Operations, and Information Systems in Health Care.

In pharmaceutical health outcomes and policy (PHOP) research, these topics are considered in a systematic and scientific manner to conduct inquiry and evaluate drug-therapy decisions by measuring and analyzing patient outcomes for the evaluation and improvement of access, effectiveness, and quality of care.

The Application Deadline is February 1 of each year.  


The mission of this program is to develop outstanding graduates to assume leadership positions in the field of pharmacy administration for careers in academia, government, and industry-related health care organizations.

Program Goals

Graduates of this program will be prepared to become scientists, directors, and professors with a philosophy based on excellence in teaching, research and service in the areas of pharmacy administration.

Program Dynamics

  • Yearly enrollment on a competitive basis
  • Financial assistance for qualified applicants based on availability
  • Collaboration with Texas Medical Center health care institutions
  • Collaboration with the Pharmaceutical and Pharmacy Industry
  • The program prepares graduates to conduct their own rigorous scientifically valid research

The University of Houston is an urban teaching and research institution which sets standards of excellence in education, research and service.  The University of Houston College of Pharmacy has trained pharmacists and researchers to work in healthcare for more than 60 years.  The College of Pharmacy has more than 45 faculty members with facilities on both the UH main campus and the Texas Medical Center (TMC). The TMC is the world’s largest medical and health center with 42 member institutions specializing in every aspect of health care. 

This graduate program is enhanced through its interaction and collaboration with the world renowned institutions at the TMC, the C.T. Bauer College of Business Administrations MBA program (fully accredited by the prestigious American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business), and the Healthcare Administration Graduate Program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.  With its renowned faculty, dedication to serving the community, and affiliation with the prestigious TMC, UH College of Pharmacy is an international leader in providing quality education for its graduate students.

Job Opportunities

There is considerable evidence regarding a severe lack of qualified professional and scientific personnel nationally. Graduates will have numerous opportunities to fill vacant faculty positions in related fields, which are estimated to be currently almost 51 percent vacant. Congressional testimony from the Association of Academic Health Centers, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and reports by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists note a serious lack of capacity of doctoral level professionals in pharmacy-related healthcare fields.

Please note: The deadline to receive ALL application materials is February 1.