Health Services Research is helping build a better pharmacy profession.

Faculty build vigorous research programs that include the development of innovative practice models founded on evidence-based research, collaborative models for pharmacy care, comparative effectiveness studies, integration of community pharmacists into medication therapy management programs, assessment of quality improvements to patient care resulting from medication therapy management services, and innovative teaching methods in pharmacy. 

Health Services Research professors have received major research grants from world-renowned companies such as Pfizer, Merck, and Abbott Laboratories. They have also received grants from:

  • The National Institutes of Health
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Veterans Health Administration 
  • The American Cancer Society

Faculty research interests include:

Patient medication adherence
Physician-pharmacist collaboration
Gender and racial/ethnic disparities in health care
Comparative effectiveness research
Pharmacodynamics, pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacogenetics of antibiotics
The role of the pharmacist in changing health behaviors
Health and prescription drug insurance
Implementation science

Faculty in Health Services Research

Ernst, Erika

Slowing Down Drug-Resistant Superbugs

Erika Ernst
Associate Professor


Identifying Best Practices for Pharmacies

William Doucette
Deborah K. Veale Professor in Healthcare Policy

Goedken, Amber

Evaluating Young People’s Health Care Journeys

Amber Goedken
Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean of Student Affairs