The ESAP division provides expertise and instruction in both the professional pharmacy program (PharmD) and the graduate program in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Often known as the discipline of Pharmacy Administration, ESAP offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Health Outcomes Research and Pharmacoeconomics.


Faculty Members and Research Interests

Faculty Member Research Interest
Ellen Campbell, PhD
Associate Professor and
Health Economics; Statistical Analysis; Secondary Data Analysis; and Comparative Effectiveness Research
Vakaramoko Diaby, PhD
Assistant Professor
Alternative decision-making frameworks for health technology assessment with a focus on Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis; Economic evaluation of Health Technologies; Health Outcomes Research; Clinical Trials Research;
Sandra Suther, PhD
Socio-behavioral and health communication theory; medical anthropology; cultural competency; qualitative research methods; public health genomics; planning and evaluation of health programs


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences Specialization in Health Outcomes Research and Pharmacoeconomics Degree Program
The objective of this academic program is to train students in health outcomes research, pharmacoeconomics, and health behavior research from the perspective of comparative effectiveness and health disparities. The Ph.D. program enables students to critically analyze cost effectiveness, health outcomes and health behaviors that lead to improvements in the health care system and the overall health of the individual. Students will gain specialized training in these areas, through didactic learning and research experience, to prepare them for careers in academia, industry, government, and health care settings.

The program prepares graduates to be independent researchers, scholars, and educators in the following areas:

  • Health Outcomes Research – assesses the end results of health care services, providing evidence for the value of specific medical treatments or interventions that can be used to make better decisions and improve health care.
  • Pharmacoeconomics – the application of economic principles including cost- effectiveness, cost-analysis to the provision of health care services.
  • Health Behavior – the application of socio-behavioral and health communication theories to studying and/or modifying patient health behavior

Graduates of the ESAP program will be able to:

  • Design and carry out research related to pharmaceutical and health care applying appropriate research methodology, a thoughtful conceptual framework, in-depth knowledge in their specialized area and a sound understanding of health care services
  • Serve as knowledgeable speakers to the public and private sectors of health care concerning research and health policy issues
  • Network with members of other health, social and administrative disciplines and initiate and/or collaborate in interdisciplinary research endeavors related to pharmacy practice and other health services
  • Be effective teachers both in academic and nonacademic settings

The Ph.D. program is a 90-credit doctoral program. Students are to complete 15 core courses including seminar, research internship, advanced research and dissertation and a minimum of five required courses (15 credits) in his or her area of concentration. One course must be a statistics or research methods course. ESAP graduate courses are generally offered in the late afternoon and evening hours to facilitate the participation of full-time workers and students in the professional pharmacy program.

Doctoral Curriculum

Course Number and Title Credit
PHA 6715 Biostatistics and Computational Methods Lecture 3
PHA 6715L Biostatistics and Computational Methods Lab 1
PHA 6256 Pharmacy in the Health Care System 2
PHA 6710 Research Methods I 2
PHA 6938 Seminar (8 semesters) 8
PHA 6284 Introduction to Health Research Theory and Policy 2
PHA 6717 Research Methods II 2
PHA 6259 Measurement of Health Outcomes 3
PHA 6797 Scientific Communications 1
PHA 6292 Comparative Effectiveness Evaluation I 2
PHC 6000 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
PHA 6293 Comparative Effectiveness Evaluation II 3
PHA 7979 Advanced Research (two semesters) 7
SOW 6945 Systematic Reviews 3
PHA 8969 Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam 0
PHA 8968 Doctoral Research Protocol 0
PHA 7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation (3-4 semesters) 16
PHA 8985 Doctoral Dissertation Defense 0
Total Required (includes 12 credits for courses in concentration area and 3 credits for a research methods/statistics elective) 72
Additional electives, research, or dissertation hours 18
Minimum Total Credit Hours for PhD 90

Additional information regarding our research and graduate program are available by emailing, calling (850) 599-3097, or visiting our office in Dyson Pharmacy Building, Suite 200.