We are Problem Solvers

WVU’s Health Services and Outcomes Research PhD graduates tackle the big questions in healthcare. They analyze problems and seek solutions related to healthcare access, safety, utilization, cost, quality and policy in real-world settings — keeping patient outcomes paramount. We are committed to eliminating health disparities through our research, education and service activities.

Why Should You Apply?

  • Quality: WVU is ranked in the top 20% of pharmacy schools in the United States. Our graduate students learn from distinguished, internationally recognized faculty with extensive research funding and publications. The internationally diverse class sizes are small, which enables outstanding mentoring by faculty.
  • Accomplishment: Our student researchers regularly receive awards for excellence at national and international meetings. Students participate in research that leads to six or more peer-reviewed publications prior to graduation. Our PhD graduates have earned notable positions in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, research organizations and government.
  • Breadth: The curriculum incorporates all major areas of health services and outcomes research, with extensive opportunities for hands on learning. Students are trained in different types of research methods, including survey research, intervention research, epidemiology and economic evaluations. Students also gain expertise in the use of large federal and state databases for health services, policy and outcomes research along with the latest in data analytic software.
  • Opportunity: Employers regularly seek out our students for internships and faculty and industry positions. A loyal alumni network provides mentoring and guidance that is invaluable in career building.
  • Environment: WVU’s comprehensive academic health sciences center gives our students the opportunity to collaborate on research with faculty in five schools: Pharmacy, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Public Health and health professionals in a 690-bed, tertiary-care teaching hospital.
  • Affordability: WVU provides health services and outcomes research PhD students with highly competitive financial support, including a stipend of $30,000 per year plus full tuition and fee waivers.
  • Community: Few other schools with a health services and outcomes research degree program have more focused and sustained interactions between students and faculty. Additionally, you can live and work in Morgantown, West Virginia, ranked among the best small cities in the U.S. for its cultural activities, outdoor recreation and other community assets.


Acting Program Director: Khalid Kamal, MPharm., PhD, Professor and Chair


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