The ESAP division provides expertise and instruction in both the professional pharmacy program (PharmD) and the graduate program in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Often known as the discipline of Pharmacy Administration, ESAP offers a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Health Outcomes Research and Pharmacoeconomics.


Faculty Members and Research Interests


Faculty Member Research Interest
Sandra Suther, Ph.D.
Socio-behavioral and health communication theory; medical anthropology; cultural competency; qualitative research methods; public health genomics; planning and evaluation of health programs
Askal Ali, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Decision modeling; comparative effectiveness research; pharmacoeconomics/health economics; health outcomes assessment; patient satisfaction
Matthew Dutton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Cardiovascular disease; obesity; cancer; meta-analysis; random effects modeling; program and curriculum assessment
Fatimah Sherbeny,PharmD, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR), Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmacoepidemiology, Adverse Drug Events & Pharmacogenetics, and Policy Analysis

Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences Specialization in Health Outcomes Research and Pharmacoeconomics Degree Program

The objective of this academic program is to train students in health outcomes research, pharmacoeconomics, and health behavior research from the perspective of comparative effectiveness and health disparities. Both the M.S. and the Ph.D. program enables students to critically analyze cost effectiveness, health outcomes and health behaviors that lead to improvements in the health care system and the overall health of the individual. Students will gain specialized training in these areas, through didactic learning and research experience, to prepare them for careers in academia, industry, government, and health care settings.

The program prepares graduates to be independent researchers, scholars, and educators in the following areas:

  • Health Outcomes Research – assesses the end results of health care services, providing evidence for the value of specific medical treatments or interventions that can be used to make better decisions and improve health care.
  • Pharmacoeconomics – the application of economic principles including cost- effectiveness, cost-analysis to the provision of health care services.
  • Health Behavior – the application of socio-behavioral and health communication theories to studying and/or modifying patient health behavior

Graduates of the ESAP program will be able to:

  • Design and carry out research related to pharmaceutical and health care applying appropriate research methodology, a thoughtful conceptual framework, in-depth knowledge in their specialized area and a sound understanding of health care services
  • Serve as knowledgeable speakers to the public and private sectors of health care concerning research and health policy issues
  • Network with members of other health, social and administrative disciplines and initiate and/or collaborate in interdisciplinary research endeavors related to pharmacy practice and other health services
  • Be effective teachers both in academic and nonacademic settings

The M.S. requires a minimum of 48 credit hours with at least 24 credits in core courses, 4 credits in research seminar, and 11 credits in thesis research.  The remaining coursework is selected with the guidance of the student’s major advisor.  Students must take a written comprehensive examination and complete a thesis research project.

The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 90 credit hours with at least 24 credits in course courses, 8 credits in research seminar, 18 credits in advanced research, and 23 credits in dissertation research.  The remaining coursework is selected with the guidance of the student’s major advisor. Students must take a comprehensive examination and complete a dissertation research project. ESAP graduate courses are generally offered in the late afternoon and evening hours to facilitate the participation of full-time workers and students in the professional pharmacy program.

Masters Curriculum
Doctoral Curriculum

Additional information regarding our research and graduate program are available by emailing, calling (850) 599-3097, or visiting our office in Dyson Pharmacy Building, Suite 200.