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What is Pharmacoepidemiology?

Pharmacoepidemiology is the study of the health effects of drugs and other medical products in populations. It is the basic science underlying the public health practice of medical product safety surveillance. Pharmacoepidemiologists apply the research methods of epidemiology (e.g., randomized trials, cohort studies, case-control studies, self-controlled designs) to the study of pharmacology (e.g., determinants of beneficial and adverse drug effects, effects of genetic variation on drug effect, dose-response relationships, duration-response relationships, drug-drug interactions, effects of non-adherence). Pharmacoepidemiologists also evaluate programmatic efforts to improve medication use.

CPeRT Mission

The Center for Pharmacoepidemiology Research and Training (CPeRT) was founded in 2012 and is based in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB). Its mission is to:

CPeRT members are leaders in the development and use of large administrative and medical record databases for studying drug effects. CPeRT is one of the academic partners of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-funded Mini-Sentinel Initiative. CPeRT members also edit Pharmacoepidemiology, 5th edition and Textbook of Pharmacoepidemiology.

Training Programs

Pilot Grant Program

Open Faculty Positions

View a listing of open faculty positions in Biostatistics and Epidemiology.



Standing Penn faculty engaged in pharmacoepidemiologic research

Associate Investigators

Penn staff researchers engaged in pharmacoepidemiologic research

Adjunct Investigators

CCEB Adjunct Scholars engaged in pharmacoepidemiologic research

For information on obtaining an Adjunct Scholar appointment within the CCEB, please contact Sue White, Manager of Faculty Affairs (susanlw@mail.med.upenn.edu; 215-573-3874).


Trainees in Penn research training programs (including postdoctoral fellowships), instructors, and research associates, engaged in pharmacoepidemiologic research

For infomation on joining CPeRT, please contact Sean Hennessy, PharmD, PhD, CPeRT Director (hennessy@upenn.edu; 215-898-9112).


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