Joshua Thorpe, PhD, MPH - Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
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Joshua Thorpe, PhD, MPH

CHERP COIN Investigator

Associate Professor in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina


CHERP Core Investigator Joshua M. Thorpe, PhD, MPH, is also an Associate Professor in the Eschelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Investigator (Co-I) on NIH-funded studies including appropriate medication use and prescription safety, regulating licensed nursing practice in nursing homes, and disparities in healthy behaviors and preventive health behaviors in older adults with responsibilities for elder care. His research aims to reduce disparities in access to care, and provide evidence on the comparative effectiveness of various treatment options and management strategies for complex older patients managing multiple medical conditions.

Prior to joining CHERP Pittsburgh, Dr. Thorpe was an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin — Madison School of Pharmacy and served as a statistical service fellow for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Dr. Thorpe's teaching interests are in two main areas: (1) raising awareness of pharmacists about the needs of the communities in which they practice, and challenging future pharmacists to play a greater role in efforts to reduce disparities and improve public health; and (2) enhancing the scientific skills of pharmacists and graduate students by providing high-quality methodological training in the areas comparative effectiveness research, pharmacoepidemiology, and health services research.

Research Areas

  • Disparity in health behaviors