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PhD Program

The University of Washington Department of Pharmacy offers graduate training leading to the Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy. The graduate program includes preparation in the academic disciplines essential to assessment of the health, cost outcomes and comparative effectiveness of health policies and medical interventions including pharmaceutical therapies.

Students attend courses in the fields of biostatistics, clinical trial design and analysis, health economics, epidemiology and health policy in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the complex and interdisciplinary environment of outcomes research. Didactic preparation is augmented with substantive involvement in the research and teaching programs of the graduate faculty.

Admissions Requirements

A professional degree in pharmacy, medicine, or a health-related discipline is encouraged. Students with baccalaureate or masters degrees in related fields such as epidemiology, economics, or public health are also encouraged to apply.

Other prerequisites include admission to the Graduate School of the University of Washington, and a minimum grade point average of 3.0. The Graduate Record Examination is required, special weight is given to exceptional scores on the quantitative and analytical portions. Where appropriate, foreign students should present results indicative of proficiency in the English language on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).