Research and Teaching - Health Outcomes

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The focus of research and teaching in the Health Outcomes Division is on improving the health of society. The division fosters opportunities for collaboration among faculty within and outside of the division in both teaching and research activities, particularly those that are practice-related.

Topics related to utilization and cost of medication and other health care services, patient behaviors and outcomes, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, and practice-based research are covered.

Division Research

Research in Health Outcomes is focused on improving the health of society. In addition to health outcomes, other areas include: pharmacoeconomics, epidemiology, public health, health disparities, and patient behavior. The division fosters opportunities for collaboration within and outside of the university, as well as with public and private health-related organizations.

In conjunction with the Texas Center for Health Outcomes Research and Education (TxCORE), our research is focused primarily on the three main areas below.  Visit the TxCORE site to learn more about our research expertise.


This curated report of our TxCORE publications is updated regularly.  Please download the spreadsheet if you would like to be able to sort, filter, and search our list of publications.

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The CORE Insights newsletter provides additional detail about our TxCORE faculty research projects.


Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

  • Health Disparities and Health Equity
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Patient-Reported Outcomes

Healthcare Systems Research

  • Pharmacist Services Assessment
  • Innovative Models of Care Delivery and Payment
  • Program Implementation and Evaluation Science

Health Economics and Outcomes Research

  • Real-World Evidence Generation
  • Value Assessment
  • Advanced Analytics and Visualization

Division Teaching - Pharm.D.

Faculty in the division teach student pharmacists during years 1-3 of the Pharm.D. professional program sequence.

The focus is on preparing students to provide outstanding, cost-effective, and equitable care to diverse populations.

P1 - Health Behavior and Health Outcomes (Cultural Diversity Flag)
  • Patient-centered issues that impact health outcomes, health equity, and population health
  • Social determinants of health and cultural awareness
P2 - Pharmacy and the US Health Care System
  • US health care system, managed health care, pharmacist services, and patient safety
P3 - Principles of Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmacy Management
  • Pharmacoeconomic analyses and evaluation of medications and pharmacist services
  • Managing medication use systems and personnel

Division Teaching - Graduate

Health Outcomes Division (HOD) M.S. and Ph.D. students take courses within and outside the division. Within the division, faculty teach a variety of core and specialty courses, as well as coordinate graduate seminars in which a variety of topics are covered.

These courses are designed to prepare students to think critically and to conduct research focused on improving the health of society. This is accomplished by: utilizing rigorous, theory-driven and innovative methods and analytics, critically examining health care utilization and costs, incorporating novel approaches to patient care, exposing students to real world applications, developing strategies for community engaged research, and learning from and engaging other disciplines.

Graduate students benefit from the expertise of faculty in other departments in the university including: Statistics, Education, Sociology, Public Affairs, Business, Educational Psychology, and others.

See the HOD Graduate Course Sequence and Checklist in the handbook or more information, as well as the university’s course schedule site that lists university-wide courses.

Graduate Courses

HOD Core Courses
  • Experimental Design and Research Methods in Health Care
  • Data Analysis in Health Care
  • Advanced Research Methods in Health Care
  • Ethical Considerations in Human Subjects Research
HOD Specialty Courses
  • Health-Related Quality of Life
  • Health Behavior and Medication Use Process
  • Health Care Systems
  • Introduction to Epidemiology and Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Principles of Pharmacoeconomics
HOD Course Checklist
  • Graduate Level Didactic Courses (2 courses for M.S., 2 more for Ph.D.)
    • Choose from Specialty Courses
  • Statistics (2 courses for M.S., 2 more for Ph.D.)
    • Introduction to Statistics
    • Experimental Design and Inferential Statistics
    • Correlation and Regression
    • Multivariate Analysis
    • Regression Analysis
  • Experimental Design and Research Methods in Health Care
  • Data Analysis in Health Care
  • Research Ethics
  • Advanced Research Methods (Ph.D.)
  • Communication Skills for Scientists (Ph.D.)
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Career Development (Ph.D.)
  • Minor Area Outside of HOD (2 courses for M.S., 2 more for Ph.D.)
  • Research Methods outside of Health Outcomes Division (Ph.D.)
  • Theoretically based graduate level course outside of the Health Outcomes Division (Ph.D.)