Dr. Rafia S Rasu
Professor, Health Behavior and Health Systems
Education & Experience:
I completed pharmacy degrees (BPharm and MPharm) at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, followed by an MBA from the same institution. I earned my PhD at the University of Texas School of Public Health, where I graduated in 2005 with a Delta Omega Honorary Society award. My first experience in outcomes research was at U.T. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where I measured quality of life in patients with breast cancer. I began my academic career as an assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy in 2005 where I taught Health Economics and Medicine. While at UMKC, I had a joint appointment in the School of Nursing and in the Bloch School of Management as an executive member of the school’s Interdisciplinary PhD. I also served as Director of the Kansas City Antibiotic Resistance Task Force (KART). In 2014 I joined the University of Kansas (KU) as a tenured Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, where I taught Pharmacoepidemiology for the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. I collaborated with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and supervised the KU Medical Center Department of Pharmacy Practice outcomes research lab. At KU, I developed a synergistic network and coached junior faculty and residents. I was also affiliated with the Department of Pharmacy at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Kansas City for more than a decade. I recently completed several leadership and analytical training’s at Harvard University, Duke University and the University of Minnesota, and was named as a Butler-Williams Scholar at the National Institute on Aging in 2015.
Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
I have been teaching courses in pharmacy and public health for more than 12 years. My broad background in pharmacy, economics, finance, and health services research has allowed me to teach a variety of inter-professional graduate level courses. My teaching and research objectives are focused on medication safety and effectiveness, health literacy, outcomes research, health services research and economic evaluation of health care interventions. In addition to classroom teaching, mentoring has been a big part of my responsibility as a faculty member. I have supervised PhD students and post-doctoral fellows, as well as pharmacy and medical residents.
Professional Activities & Awards:
My research has received local, regional and national recognition. My research findings have been featured in national news publications, including the New York Times and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange. I received the “Apple Polisher’ award for teaching, and in 2017 earned the Health Literacy Trail Blazer Award from the Kansas Public Health Association.
I currently serve as a committee member, co-chair and abstract reviewer for professional societies including the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). I have also served as a grant reviewer for the NIH and American Heart Association (AHA) and as an editorial board member of a reputed PubMed indexed journal. I am actively engaged in service to the university, profession and community.
My work is focused on comparative effectiveness research, outcomes research, health analytics, and economic evaluation of health care interventions. These multidisciplinary research areas have generated more than 40 peer reviewed publications. I have co-authored a book chapter on Economic Development and Population Health in a book titled Reinventing Public Health: Policies and Practices for a Healthy Nation. As an investigator, I have received federal- level funding for my work analyzing prescription trends, medication exposure and effectiveness, and identifying ways for improving care.
This page was last modified on February 19, 2020