Department of Health Outcomes and Administrative Sciences

The Department of Health Outcomes and Administrative Sciences provides a unique opportunity for interprofessional learning related to the required social, administrative and behavioral components of the PharmD curriculum. The department also supports graduate-level training in health outcomes research to multiple programs throughout the University.

PharmD and PhD students will work directly with department faculty conducting research regarding promising new ways to improve the access, provision, quality and financing of healthcare delivery, chiefly through pharmacy services. 

Health outcomes research refers to the influence of healthcare products and services on patients and society. The outcomes that are commonly studied include disease progression, costs of care, treatment processes and behaviors, quality of life, patient satisfaction and survival. These outcomes can be influenced by new therapies (for example, new drugs), new diagnostic techniques and new professional services (for example, medication therapy management). Health outcomes research is frequently conducted in real-world practice settings, requiring very specialized statistical and methodological techniques.

This is an exciting time to study health outcomes. The U.S. healthcare system has developed some of the most advanced technical and therapeutic options to improve health; yet, our population-based metrics are lacking compared to other developed countries, despite higher per capita spending. This paradox has fueled tremendous investment in research aimed at optimizing the allocation of scarce healthcare resources to improve patient outcomes, both on the part of the innovators as well as the payers (including patients).

Students interested in graduate training or research opportunities are encouraged to contact the department chair directly.

Message from the Chair

Leon E. Cosler
Leon E. Cosler, RPh, PhD
Founding Chair

Thank you for your interest in our new Department of Health Outcomes and Administrative Sciences. I am delighted to join Binghamton University and contribute to its recognized national reputation as a high-value, research-intensive university.

We are building a nationally recognized program in health outcomes research and will be engaging graduate students from various disciplines across the University as collaborators in this exciting endeavor.

One of the hallmarks of our department is contemporary applied learning, providing our professional and graduate students with real-world opportunities to apply the course material and research techniques.

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is currently recruiting faculty and developing curricula to fulfill its new mission. While I have had the opportunity to develop an extensive research portfolio, my most satisfying role has been teaching. As the founding chair, I am enjoying the process of developing courses, recruiting exceptional educators, as well as cultivating community, organizational and industry partnerships to launch our program of teaching, research and scholarship.

Faculty recruitment for the Department of Health Outcomes and Administrative Sciences will begin soon in the disciplines of population health (epidemiology), medical evidence (literature evaluation, patient behaviors (applied/translational care) and regulatory affairs.

Please check back frequently to follow our progress and recent developments!

Warm regards, 
Leon E. Cosler, RPh, PhD
Founding Chair
Health Outcomes and Administrative Sciences