Department of Pharmacy Administration

The University of Mississippi

Professional Opportunities

Faculty and Grads

Pharmacy Administration faculty and graduate students networking with researchers and educators in the field of pharmacy administration while attending national conferences.

The graduate program in Pharmacy Administration affords excellent career opportunities in a variety of settings and has maintained an exceptional track record in placing graduates. Graduates of the program have obtained positions in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, managed care organizations, professional associations, consulting and marketing research firms, government agencies, hospitals, and health care journal publication agencies.

In academia, the program has produced several chairs of pharmacy administration departments and deans of pharmacy schools nationwide. In the pharmaceutical industry, many alumni have quickly risen to senior management positions in marketing, health/pharmaceutical economics and pharmacy affairs. Other graduates of the program have secured key positions in the federal and state governments and professional associations in pharmacy.

Below are examples of positions of recent graduates:

Graduate Placement Data

Grad Year Degree Graduate Name Employment after Graduation
2007 Ph.D. William Lobb Medical Marketing Economics, Oxford, MS
2007 Ph.D. Amit Patel Medical Marketing Economics, Oxford, MS
2007 Ph.D. Manasi Amit Shah Patel Medical Marketing Economics, Oxford, MS
2008 Ph.D. Erin Holmes University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
2008 Ph.D. Sean King Union University, Jackson, TN
2009 M.S. Philip Schwab Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.
2010 M.S. Amod Athavale Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.
2010 M.S. Ram Sankar Basak Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.
2010 M.S. Krutika Jariwala Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.
2010 M.S. Clive Mendonca Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.
2010 M.S. Kyle Null Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.
2010 M.S. Vennela Thumula Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.
2010 Ph.D. Suvapun Bunniran Trinity Partners, Waltham, MA
2011 M.S. Sai Dharmarajan Acumen, Burlingame, CA
2011 M.S. Namita Joshi Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.
2011 M.S. Tasneem Lokhandwala Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.
2011 M.S. Hafiz Oko-Osi United Biosource Corporation
2011 M.S. Tushar Padwal Medical Marketing Economics, Oxford, MS
2011 M.S. Sumit Verma Acumen, Burlingame, CA
2011 Ph.D. LeighAnn Bynum Belmont University, Nashville, TN
2012 Ph.D. Marie Barnard University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
2012 Ph.D. Kyle Null University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
2012 Ph.D. Doug Paul Medical Marketing Economics, Oxford, MS
2012 Ph.D. Vennela Thumula Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) Cambridge, MA
2013 M.S. Ruchitbhai Shah Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.
2013 Ph.D. Ram Sankar Basak University of North Carolina, NC
2013 Ph.D. Tasneem Lokhandwala Xcenda, Palm Harbor, FL
2014 M.S. James Parrett Walgreens, MS
2014 Ph.D. Rohan Mahabaleshwarkar Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte, NC
2014 Ph.D. Philip Schwab Humana, Louisville, KY
2015 M.S. Tristen Jackson Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.
2015 M.S. Sujith Ramachandran Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.
2015 M.S. Divya Verma IMS Health, Plymouth Meeting, PA
2015 Ph.D. Amod Athavale Trinity Partners, Waltham, MA
2015 Ph.D. Manasi Datar IMS Health, Bentonville, AR
2015 Ph.D. Krutika Jariwala BCBS, Michigan
2015 Ph.D. Namita Joshi Pharmerit International, Bethesda, MD
2015 Ph.D. Clive Mendonca Trinity Partners, Waltham, MA
2015 Ph.D. Zainab Shahpurwala Trinity Partners, Waltham, MA
2016 M.S. Kaustuv Bhattacharya Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.
2016 M.S. Nicholas Keeling Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.
2016 M.S. Sasikiran Nunna Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.
2016 Ph.D. Ruchitbhai Shah Pharmerit International, Bethesda, MD
2017 M.S. Ashley Crumby Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.
2017 M.S. Noori Wahidullah Sanofi Genzyme, Cambridge, MA
2017 Ph.D. Sujith Ramachandran University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
2018 M.S. Chukwuebuka Dibie Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.
2018 M.S. Yiqiao Zhang Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.
2018 Ph.D. David Wamble RTI Health Solutions, Durham, NC
2019 M.S. David Allen III Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.
2019 M.S. Siddhi Korgaonkar Stayed at UM to pursue Ph.D.

Internships

Summer 2019

  • Austin Arnold is working at Medical Marketing Economics in Oxford, Mississippi, gaining experience in conducting market research for companies expecting to launch new products. During his time at MME, he has gained valuable knowledge in the pharmaceutical industry on assessing market value and pricing for new products.
  • Tyler Dunn is working at Express Scripts in St. Louis, Missouri, within the Health Services Research Department. As a part of his internship, his research projects have focused on the impact of prescription opioid use on health service utilization and health care costs in inflammatory condition patients. Through this internship, he has gained real world experience in the functions of a large pharmacy benefit manager.
  • Siddhi Korgaonkar is working on different rare diseases at Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Boston for its Global Real World Evidence Center of Excellence. As a part of this internship, her research projects focus on characterization of the patient population and studying the natural history of rare diseases. This internship is helping her understand how pharmaceutical companies design their strategy for treatments in the rare disease area differently from more prevalent diseases.
Group picture beside boat harbor in Boston

Siddhi Korgaonkar’s summer internship featured a sailing tour around the Boston Harbor.

Summer 2018

  • Ian Freeman is working at Amgen in Thousand Oaks, California, gaining experience in health economics and outcomes research.
  • Monika Salkar is working at Glaxo Smith Kline in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, in the Value Evidence Outcomes (VEO) department. She will have projects that involve developing retrospective study designs and analyzing the company database.
  • Chuk Dibie is working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in Deerfield, Illinois, as he engages in relevant industry projects to gain hands-on skills. As he learns more about the ever-changing pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, Chuk looks to develop a professional network of mentors that encourage growth and continual development in the HEOR sphere.
  • Kaustuv Bhattacharya, is working at Pharmerit International in Bethesda, Maryland, as this internship will help further develop his skills in the field of health economics and outcomes research, specifically real-world evidence and patient-reported outcomes. The projects assigned to Kaustuv are closely related to his dissertation research, so it will help familiarize him with some methodologies he plans to explore.
  • Siddhi Korgaonkar, is working at Alkermes Inc. in Waltham, Massachusetts, serving as an HEOR summer intern. This will provide her with exposure to working in the pharmaceutical industry. Siddhi will gain hands-on experience, practical learning and networking with professionals that will broaden her career prospects and help her grow as a researcher.
  • Sushmitha Inguva, is working at AbbVie in North Chicago, Illinois, as she is excited to strengthen her knowledge in patient-reported outcomes (PRO) and their application to the Parkinson’s disease area.

Summer 2016

  • Nilesh Gangan, M.S. graduate student, is working June-August 2016 at AbbVie in Mettawa, IL.
  • Manasi Suryavanshi, M.S. graduate student, is working June-August 2016 as a Science Intern at Abbvie in Chicago, IL.
  • Kaustuv Bhattacharya, B.S. graduate student, is working June-August 2016 at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Plainsboro, NJ.
  • Sasi Nunna, graduate student, is working June-December 2016 at AbbVie in Chicago, IL.

Nilesh is working a summer internship at EPI-Q in Oak Brook, IL – Pictured here in front of the Centennial Fountain

Nilesh seeing the city - Pictured here at the Downtown Towers in Oak Brook, Illinois

Nilesh seeing the city – Pictured here at the Downtown Towers in Oak Brook, Illinois

Ruchit Shah at Professional Development Day for Pharmerit on Internship, Summer, 2015

Ruchit Shah (pictured back row, 2nd from left)  at Professional Development Day for Pharmerit on Internship, Summer, 2015

Manasi Suryavanshi in Chicago sightseeing while on Summer Internship, 2015

Manasi Suryavanshi in Chicago sightseeing while on Summer Internship, 2015

Manasi Suryavanshi in Chicago on internship 2015

Sasi Nunna at Xcenda Amerisource Bergen Consulting Services in Palm Harbor, FL for Summer 2015 Internship

Sasi Nunna at Xcenda Amerisource Bergen Consulting Services in Palm Harbor, FL for Summer 2015 Internship

Summers, 2014-2015

  • Nilesh Gangan, M.S. graduate student, is working June-August, 2015 at EPI-Q in Oak Brook IL
  • Sasikiran Nunna, M.S. graduate student is working as an Intern at Applied Data Analytics, June-August, 2015, Xcenda Tampa, FL
  • Ruchitbhai Shah, M.S. graduate student is working at Pharmerit North America LLC, June-August, 2015, Bethesda, MD
  • Manasi Suryavanshi, M.S. graduate student is working as a Science Intern at Abbvie, June-August, 2015, Chicago, IL

Summers, 2012-2013

  • Tristen Jackson, M.S. graduate student, is working May-August, 2013, in Senator Cochran’s office in Washington, D.C.
  • Sujith Ramachandran, M.S. graduate student, is working June-August, 2013 at Bavarian Nordic in Mountainview, CA
  • Ruchit Shah, M.S. graduate student, is working May-August, 2013, at Biogen IDEC in Boston, MA

Summers, 2011-2012

  • Namita Joshi, M.S. graduate student, is working as a Health Economics Intern at Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Global Market Access, Biogen Idec, in the Massachusetts-Weston Facility.
  • Zainab Shahpurwala, M.S. graduate student, is working as a Graduate Intern at Amgen in the Global Health Economics Department in Thousand Oaks, California.

Summers, 2010-2011

  • Amod S. Athavale, Ph.D. graduate student, completed a summer internship at BioVid Corporation in Princeton, NJ. He worked there as a Project Associate.
  • Clive Mendonca, a Ph.D. graduate student, completed a summer internship in the marketing and commercialization department at ToleRx Inc. in Cambridge, Mass.
  • Krutika Jariwala and Leigh Ann Bynum, Ph.D. graduate students, completed part-time summer internships at CE Outcomes in Birmingham, AL.
  • Namita Joshi and Zainab Shahpurwala, M.S. graduate students, completed summer internships at Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development in Boston, MA.
  • Tasneem Lokhandwala, Ph.D. graduate student, completed a summer internship in the Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) department at XcendaAmerisourceBergen Consulting Services in Palm Harbor, FL.
  • Tushar Padwal, M.S. graduate student, completed a summer internship in the Qualitative Services and Statistics Division at BioVid Corporation in princeton, N.J.