Examining effectiveness and costs of medications, how patients take medications, and how policies affect health outcomes

The Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy is committed to excellence in research, education, and service that advances the optimal use of medications with the goal of improving human health. Medications play a critical role in the prevention and management of many acute and chronic illnesses. However, the potential benefits that can be derived from medications are mitigated by a myriad of factors operating at different levels of the ecological framework (e.g., patient, family, health-care provider, health-care system, governmental policy).

Key challenges that must be addressed to optimize medication use include:
  • Ensuring that all people have the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to use medications appropriately
  • Personalized medication treatment to ensure optimal effectiveness, safety and value in real world settings.
  • Promoting informed and shared decision making so that prescribed medication regimens reflect patients’ values, preferences and needs.
Addressing these complex issues requires an interdisciplinary approach aimed at expanding scientific knowledge and translating this knowledge into solutions that improve optimal medication use.
Research
Our scientific interests are diverse and span key and innovative areas in contemporary outcomes research:
  • Communication and Decision Making
  • Comparative Effectiveness
  • Health Disparities
  • Medication Utilization
  • Patient Centered Outcomes
  • Pharmaceutical Policy Analysis
  • Pharmacogenomics

Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Strategic Plan

View our recently updated 3-year strategic plan for the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy.


Open Positions within DPOP

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer that welcomes all to apply.

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FAST FACTS

Faculty and Students
  • DPOP has eight faculty members and 37 adjunct faculty members
  • DPOP has 12 graduate students
  • DPOP is one of the few programs in the country housed in a school of pharmacy with faculty who have an active research program in pharmaceutical outcomes and policy
Research

Our scientific interests are diverse and span key and innovative areas in contemporary outcomes research:

  • Communication and Decision Making
  • Comparative Effectiveness
  • Health Disparities
  • Medication Utilization
  • Medication Therapy Management and Pharmacy Practice Models
  • Patient Centered Outcomes
  • Pharmaceutical Policy Analysis
  • Pharmacogenomics