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Health Services and Outcomes Research

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administrative contact

Mary L. Euler
School of Pharmacy
phone: 304-293-1894

program contact

S. Suresh Madhavan
phone: 304-293-1652
fax: 304-293-2529

Program Details

  • Major: Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Degree Program: Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Program Web Site
  • School of Pharmacy
  • Degree Designation: Doctoral (Ph.D.)

Program Description

The Ph.D. program in Health Services and Outcomes Research (HSOR) emphasizes population-based, health services delivery, outcomes and policy research.

Health services research examines how people get access to healthcare, how much care costs, and what happens to patients as a result of this care. The main goals of health services research are to identify the most effective ways to organize, manage, finance and deliver high-quality care; reduce medical errors; and improve patient safety.

Outcomes research refers to the scientific design, data collection, and analysis of the end results of medical care. It focuses on quality, cost-effectiveness and the effect of treatment on quality of life in patients. Outcomes research evaluates the effectiveness of health interventions through changes in outcomes such as improvements in patient functional status, satisfaction with care, and mortality. Evaluating the intended and unintended consequences of health policies is also outcomes research.

Data collected from outcomes research provide patients, health care providers, and payers of health services information about what does and does not work in real life settings. Areas of training include: health services research, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, health behavior and risk, and patient reported outcomes.

Financial support: A tuition waiver, annual stipend of $25,000 and health insurance is provided competitively to full time students.

Average time to graduation: 4 to 5 years

Delivery Methods Available

  • on campus

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • See "Additional Information" below for other requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

Pre-Qualification Process

A professional degree in Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), Medicine (M.D.), or a master's degree in pharmacy administration. Students with a master’s degree in related fields such as epidemiology, public health, and healthcare administration, are also encouraged to apply. Students with a master’s degree in related fields such as marketing, management, economics, psychology, or sociology with a demonstrated interest or experience in health care may also apply. Outstanding students with a B.S. in pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences may be considered for direct admission into the doctoral program

Additional Information

West Virginia University requires the following information for application through the WVU online application portal.
1. One copy of official transcripts (original or certified; minimum of a B average or a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale) in a sealed envelope from each college you have attended.
2. Original or certified copies of all degrees/diplomas/certificates received in the original language.
3. Translation of an applicant’s foreign transcripts and diplomas/certificates may be sent directly to a foreign transcript service for evaluation. If using a foreign transcript service, please have the evaluated documents submitted the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions.
4. Official GRE Scores and TOEFL or IELTS scores (see above).
5. Statement of personal goals describing your background, academic interests and career objectives.
6. A resume or curriculum vitae listing educational and employment history.
7. Three letters of recommendation from persons who are in a position to evaluate your potential for graduate school. At least one recommendation must be from a person at the last school you attended for full-time study, unless you have been out of school for five years or longer.

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Prospective students should apply online at:

Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: February 1
  • Spring Deadline: Do Not Admit
  • Summer Deadline: Do Not Admit


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