Economic, Social and Administrative Pharmacy (ESAP)

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 Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Health Outcomes Research and Pharmacoeconomics.


Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences Specialization in Health Outcomes Research and Pharmacoeconomics Degree Program


This academic program aims to train students in health outcomes research, pharmacoeconomics, and health behavior research from the perspective of comparative effectiveness and health disparities. Both the M.S. and the Ph.D. programs enable students to critically analyze cost-effectiveness, health outcomes, and health behaviors that lead to improvements in the health care system and the individual's overall health. 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 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 provide 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 health care sectors 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 non-academic settings.