Selecting a graduate program is a very important decision, and one that should not be made lightly. The Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) PhD Program, which currently includes 27 students, invites you to learn about some of its students' experiences by exploring the profiles below.


Pamela Roberto

Originally from Glocester, Rhode Island, Pam earned her bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Brown University and a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in health policy from Georgetown University. Following completion of her master’s degree, she took a job as a health policy analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office, reporting to Congress on issues related to private health insurance.

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Mehmet Burcu

A native of Cyprus, Mehmet received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Ohio Wesleyan University, and his master’s degree in epidemiology and clinical research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His research interests focus on questions surrounding public health and how advanced quantitative methods can be employed to answer those questions.

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Jinani Jayasekera

Jinani earned her bachelor's degree in pharmacy and her master’s degree in financial economics from the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka. She currently serves as a graduate research assistant for Ebere Onukwugha, MS, PhD, studying health disparities, cost-of-illness, and the role of multidisciplinary care in oncology settings. Her current research examines race disparities in treatment receipt in the presence of community-level deprivation characterized by county-level measures of poverty, education, access to health care services, living environment, and crime level in the neighborhood.

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Elisabeth Oehrlein

Originally from Clarksville, Md., Elisabeth graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., where she majored in German Language and Literature. She currently serves as a graduate research assistant for Eleanor Perfetto, PhD, MS, and plans to conduct comparative effectiveness and patient-centered outcomes research to better understand how current pharmaceutical policies affect the regulatory environment.

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