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Top 10 Reasons to Apply to our PhD Program in HSOR

  1. The WVU School of Pharmacy Health Services and Outcomes Research (HSOR) Program is an internationally recognized Ph.D. program with a history of successful, highly- trained graduates serving in distinguished positions in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, research organizations, and the government. Designated as a “Program of Excellence” by the WVU Board of Governors.
  2. The HSOR provides highly-competitive financial assistantship support to incoming students, with a stipend of $25,000 per year plus full tuition and fee waivers.
  3. The program has a state-of-the-art curriculum in all major areas of health services and outcomes research with extensive opportunities for hands on learning via research projects that lead to peer-reviewed publications.
  4. Graduate students learn from distinguished, internationally-recognized faculty with track records of extensive research funding and publications. The HSOR program provides a culture of collaborative and team-based approach to graduate education and research excellence.
  5. The HSOR program has a long history of student research accomplishments and awards at national and international meetings. We celebrated our Ph.D. program’s Silver Jubilee in 2014, and since 1994, 42 highly successful Ph.D. students have graduated from our program.
  6. Graduate students are able to collaborate with faculty outside the School on research and take courses in the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Public Health, all situated under one roof in a major health sciences complex attached to a 600 bed tertiary care teaching hospital.
  7. Conduct research on current issues of health care systems and public and private payers, tackling national problems of increasing health care costs, improving access and quality and eliminating health disparities. The Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy provides access to and training for numerous federal and state public use and DUA based data bases for HSOR research and the latest in data analytic software (e.g., RedCAP, SAS, JUMP, SPSS, NVIVO). 
  8. Graduate students are immersed in an excellent environment for research and learning: Founded in 1867, WVU is a R1 Research University (High Research Activity) as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching.  Faculty conduct approximately $127 million annually in sponsored contracts and research grants.  The Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center (HSC) the schools of pharmacy, medicine, nursing, public health, and dentistry are all under one roof.  A large NIH-Funded Clinical Translational Science Institute in the HSC provides research infrastructure and support for the full continuum of T0 to T5 research. 
  9.  Employers seek out WVU HSOR students for internships and faculty and industry positions.   A loyal alumni network provide mentoring and guidance related to employment and career building.
  10. Graduate students can enjoy an excellent environment for work, study, and recreation.  Morgantown, W.Va., population 30,293 (US Census Bureau, 2011), was rated “No. 1 Small City in America” by BizJournals.com.  Business Insider named Morgantown the ninth best college town in America. Within easy traveling distance of Washington, D.C., to the east, Pittsburgh, Pa., to the north, and Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, to the northwest. Other recent rankings: Kiplinger.com included Morgantown in their 10 great places to live list; one of “Best Sports Cities” by  Sporting News; 5th “Best Small Metro” by  Forbes; 12th overall “Hottest Small City” by  Inc.; one of “50 Smartest Places to Live” by  Kiplinger’s; and the second-ranking “Best College Town for Jobs” by  Forbes. WVU has divisional campuses in Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg, and Montgomery.  Monongalia County in which Morgantown is located is a community of about 80,000 people in the Appalachian Mountains on West Virginia's northern border.  

And The Intangibles Related to Quality of Life?

For graduate students who want the feel of a small, closely connected academic program while studying at an internationally recognized research institution, the WVU School of Pharmacy Health Services and Outcomes Research program offers the best educational experience for you. No other school with a health outcomes research degree program has more focused and sustained interactions between students and faculty. Class sizes are small, which enables closer contact and communication with faculty and fellow students. However, opportunities for collaborative projects and research abound. Come and build life-long friendships with the faculty and alumni at WVU. 

For more information about the WVU Health Services and Outcomes Research Ph.D. program, contact Dr. S. Suresh Madhavan today.