The PhD program in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy aims to prepare graduates for leadership positions in academia, industry, and government sectors.
Students develop solid research skills, enabling them to conduct quality research directed at improving the use and cost-effectiveness of pharmaceutical products, technology, and services in society. Our graduates have taken postdoctoral positions at prestigious colleges (such as Harvard and Duke, just to name a few) and found desirable positions in academia and in the pharmaceutical industry.

About Our Research

DPOP’s 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
  • Medication adherence and interventions


The DPOP PhD program curriculum includes 47 credit hours including 9 hours of elective coursework. The curriculum contains courses in pharmaceutical policy, pharmaceutical outcomes research methods, social and behavioral aspects of pharmaceutical use, informatics, ethics, epidemiology and epidemiologic research with healthcare databases. The program also requires nine credit hours of statistics courses.

Ideal Candidate

We are seeking talented and motivated individuals,from diverse educational backgrounds interested in receiving formal training to pursue a career in advancing the quality of medication use and influencing pharmaceutical policy through high-impact research, education, and service that improves societal health.

Graduate Student Position

Students entering the program receive two years of didactic training in research methods, as well as an additional two to three years of closely mentored supervision while conducting research projects. Admitted students receive full tuition support, a $30,000 annual stipend, and health benefits throughout their training for up to five years. Additional opportunities for external employment in pharmacy and external research environments may be available to qualified candidates to supplement their income and gain additional experiences. Competitive fellowships and external awards may also be available to qualified applicants.

Career Opportunities for DPOP Graduates

Graduates of the DPOP PhD program have gone on to a variety of career positions in academia, research, and the pharmaceutical industry. Some of our alumni’s positions include:

Academic Faculty Appointments

  • National Taiwan University School of Pharmacy
  • University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Marshall University
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
  • University of Kansas

Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Amgen
  • Astellas
  • Kaiser Permanente

Contract Research Organizations

  • Community Care of North Carolina
  • RTI Health Solutions

Other Appointments

  • Postdoctoral fellowship, Harvard University

Application Process

Admission applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in late December. Applications can be submitted online with the application fee, three current letters of recommendation, transcripts, GRE test scores, and a statement of purpose.

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Delesha CarpenterDelesha Carpenter, PhD, MSPH

Assistant Professor
Division Director of Graduate Admissions
CB #7573
Chapel Hill, NC 27599