Professor Wilson and team examine data on a computer


Research in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy focuses on the precise, personalized relationship between patients and their medications. It also examines broader relationships between patients and the health care and public policy environments that influence factors such as medication cost and access, health disparities, and pharmacy practice models.

The fundamental goal of the department’s research is to ensure the safest, most effective use of affordable, accessible medications for all patients. This goal might be accomplished via a clinical study on the genetic response of a patient group to a drug, or through a practice study that looks at a new way to ensure patients are taking their medications as prescribed and reporting any medical problems or lifestyle challenges with their regimens.

Research areas

Clinical research

Department researchers seek to determine the safest, most effective use of medications for a given patient or population and disease state, focusing on:

  • Medication outcomes and comparative effectiveness
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics

Education research

Department researchers determine, develop, and implement the most effective means of teaching how to deliver pharmacy care. By, for example,:

  • Creating and evaluating training programs
  • Evaluating curricula

Health services and policy research

Department researchers study broad medication-related factors that ultimately affect the health of patients and populations, focusing on:

  • Global health
  • Health disparities
  • Health policy analyses
  • Health delivery education
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine
  • Pharmacy practice research

Research services and facilities

Research programs and collaborations