Class discussion in pharmaceutical socioeconomics course

The Pharmaceutical Socioeconomics (PSE) PhD degree program is offered through the Division of Health Sciences Research (HSR).

PhD students in PSE:

  • Learn an interdisciplinary approach to studying behavior and choice in health care with an economics and social-psychological theoretical basis.
  • Undertake research that will provide new knowledge essential to the understanding and provision of health and pharmaceutical care.

Why a degree in PSE?

The PSE program provides an innovative approach to studying the challenges facing the healthcare system and provides evidence to support policy-based solutions. Many of the challenges faced in healthcare result from the choices and behaviors of individual patients and providers. The factors affecting individual decisions are rarely known and the outcomes from these decisions are unclear.

The Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Socioeconomics:

  • Melds ideas across several distinct scientific paradigms (sociology, economics, psychology, business, anthropology) to better understand the factors leading to decisions in healthcare and the consequences of these decisions.

  • Is a small nurturing graduate program, in which faculty members work together across scientific disciplines to help individual students develop their ideas and pursue their goals to achieve their optimal potential.

  • Offers graduates a broad knowledge of health and pharmaceutical care, informed by theories from economics and social-psychology. Teaches intellectual and practical skills to investigate research questions dealing with current issues in these areas. PSE research benefits practitioners and policy makers in improving decisions related to healthcare systems, processes, and treatments.

  • PSE graduates become professors and research scientists, and also have careers in the health care and pharmaceutical industries as researchers and consultants.

Information about how to apply is here.

PhD in Pharmaceutical Socioeconomics