Raj Balkrishnan, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Research and Education, University of Michigan Center for Global Health
Dr. Balkrishnan serves in two capacities at the University of Michigan. He is the Director of the Center for Medication Use, Policy and Economics at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. He is also Associate Director for Research
and Education at the University of Michigan Center for Global Health. Dr. Balkrishnan is a tenured Associate Professor within the Department of Clinical, Social and Administrative Sciences in the School of Pharmacy, and in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.
There are two components to Dr. Balkrishnan's research. One aspect is what he has been involved with for the past 15 years and is described below. Dr. Balkrishnan's research interests encompass the intersection of health informatics and applied statistical methodology in pharmaceutical health services research. Dr. Balkrishnan is involved in the design and analyses of large population-based databases to understand chronic medication use behaviors longitudinally. Dr. Balkrishnan has built several research databases combining patient outcomes and clinical information with patient health care service utilization, particularly focusing on medication use behaviors such as adherence and persistence. He utilizes risk-adjusted models of patient medication use behaviors and applies them in a variety of pharmacoeconomic and outcomes research studies.
A secondary emerging area of research for Dr. Balkrishnan is in the design and analyses of studies of medication use and preventive health services in the global context, and developing database capabilities for doing large population-based studies in the developing world. With this in mind, Dr. Balkrishnan is now an integral part of the University of Michigan Center for Global Health activities and is working towards refocusing his research efforts towards more evaluative studies of comparative and non-comparative health systems globally.
Dr. Balkrishnan is also an internationally recognized authority on clinical study design as well as measurement and estimation issues in observational studies. Dr. Balkrishnan has published more than 200 research articles, and has advised 18 PhD students towards successful degree completion in the area of health services research methodology.
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Health Policy (Focus: Health Outcomes / Pharmaceutical Health Services Research), 1999.
M.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Pharmaceutical Policy, 1997.
B.S., University of Bombay, Pharmacy, 1995.