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AESARA/UNC Market Access and Health Informatics Fellowship

This fellowship is sponsored in collaboration with AESARA and is part of the DPOP/PACE fellowship program.

The AESARA/UNC Market Access and Health Informatics fellowship offers PharmD graduates the opportunity to understand market access, informatics and communication of evidence to population decision makers to prepare the fellow for a successful market access career in consulting, academic, or biopharmaceutical industry. The fellow will work directly with Eshelman School of Pharmacy faculty and AESARA personnel.

Program Description

During the first year, the fellow will spend up to 50% of their time with the Divisions of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education (PACE) and Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy (DPOP) faculty at UNC. Here the fellow will work with faculty of DPOP and PACE where they will be exposed to how outcomes methodology and informatics can be used to answer a variety of research questions. The remaining time will be spent working with AESARA staff where they will gain exposure to market access consulting through a wide array of therapeutic areas and pharmaceutical clients.

During the second year of the program, fellows will spend the majority (80%) of their time working with AESARA staff, with increased responsibility and an emphasis on client interaction and project management. They will continue interactions with UNC faculty and complete any on-going projects.

The Fellow will develop behaviors and competencies needed to be successful in consulting, managed care, and the biopharmaceutical industry. This includes exposure to the application and communication of health economics and outcomes evidence relevant to biopharma. The skills developed during these two years will position the fellow to thoroughly understand the process and strategy behind evidence generation, translating that to market access and to effectively communicate evidence to decision makers in an impactful manner.

The fellow will have the opportunity to take graduate level coursework and pursue a professional Master of Science degree in Biomedical and Health Informatics. This online UNC program adds the flexibility of pursing a master’s degree while taking part in a full-time fellowship program.

Application Deadline

Final deadline to apply is October 30, 2020. A CV and personal statement are required at this time. Letters of reference (3) and unofficial transcripts will be accepted prior to but are not due until November 16, 2020. Early submission is encouraged.

To Apply

Initial interviews will be scheduled with candidates directly.

Full application materials required include: a CV, personal statement, unofficial transcript, and three letters of recommendation. Applications can be sent to Dr. Ozawa at Letter writers can submit letters directly to Dr. Ozawa.

Early submissions are encouraged.


AESARA is a cutting-edge market access consulting firm that specializes in creating dynamic solutions for the Life Science industry by integrating technology with strategic consulting for impactful results. We provide actionable insights and deliver results that align with HEOR/MA strategies for small biotech to large pharmaceutical companies. AESARA contains three working groups (strategic consulting, evidence institute, and digital solutions) where the fellow to have opportunities to be mentored and see first-hand the impact that creative solutions for HEOR and MA can have on industry clients.

Contact for Program Information

UNC Contact

Sachiko Ozawa, PhD, MHS
Associate Professor, PACE

AESARA Contact

Dan Gratie, PharmD
Value Strategy Manager

Current Fellow

Rachel Black, PharmD
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy