Mar 03, 2024
College of Pharmacy > Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy, PhD
The Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy doctoral degree program at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy offers a learning and research environment that combines the collaborative opportunities of the Texas Medical Center’s world-class healthcare and scientific community with the academic resources and award-winning faculty at Houston’s only Carnegie Institute-designated Tier One public research university.
Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy (PHOP) consists of pharmaceutical practice and policy research - a multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that examines cost, access, and quality of pharmaceutical care from clinical, socio-behavioral, economic, organizational and technological perspectives. Traditional and innovative areas of pharmaceutical health outcomes research include pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics, comparative effectiveness research, patient-centered outcomes research, and translational research.
For more information, please visit the Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy webpage.
Applicants to the Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy PhD program must have either completed or expect to complete a BS degree in a similar area with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale. Applicants with a pharmacy background and/or advanced training will be given preference, and prospective students with health care-related backgrounds and/or experience are encouraged to apply. A GRE score is required to apply for the PhD program. International applicants have additional documentation and/or test score submission requirements, which can be viewed on the International Graduate Students page.
For more information, please visit the College of Pharmacy Admissions for PhD Programs page.
Credit hours required for this degree: 70.0
The student must complete a minimum of 70 hours for the PhD degree, including 19 credit hours of dissertation research and defense and a minimum of 18 credit hours of graduate or doctoral degree courses approved by the departmental faculty. A maximum of 18 hours of related graduate coursework completed while the student has been a post-baccalaureate student at the University of Houston may be transferred upon the approval of the Chair of the Department Graduate Studies Committee. In accordance with the University of Houston guidelines, the department may approve a maximum of 9 hours of transfer credits from another institution. Transferred credit will only be considered for equivalent graduate-level coursework with earned grades of B or better. A minimum of 18 hours of elective courses are required, of which 9 hours should be 7000-level or higher.
Required Didactic Courses
Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Core Courses
Research Methods Core Courses
Statistical Analysis Core Courses
Elective Courses in Pharmacy Administration Departmental Elective Courses
Department/Program Academic Policies
PhD Program in Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy: Graduate Student Policies and Procedures Handbook
A minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 (A=4.00) must be maintained in all graduate level courses required for the PhD degree in order to obtain an advanced degree from the College of Pharmacy. Graduate-level courses are defined as all courses required for the PhD degree as defined either by the department and/or dissertation committee. Graduate students are allowed only two ‘C’ grades throughout the PhD program. Students will be automatically put on probation upon receipt of their second ‘C’ grade and will be withdrawn from the program upon receipt of their third ‘C’ grade. Additionally, students receiving a grade below ‘C’ in any core course are required to repeat the course during its next offering. A student with a D, F, or I as the most recent grade in a graduate level course for a degree plan will not be eligible for graduation.