Arjun P. Dutta, PhD, B. Pharm
Dean, School of Pharmacy

Dr. Arjun Dutta holds a BS degree in Pharmacy from Jadavpur University in India.  He then completed his Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Dutta specializes in Outcomes Research including the areas of Pharmacoeconomics, Quality of Life, and Epidemiology. He is also passionate about Pharmacy Education and assessing curriculum, student admissions, progression, and retention. Dr. Dutta has successfully started three pharmacy programs as a founding administrator in Oregon, New York, and California. His decanal appointments include serving as the Interim Dean as well as Sr. Associate/Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at three new colleges of pharmacy. Prior to joining academia, he was an Outcomes Manager at a health economics firm specializing in Phase IV research for pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Dutta has over 71 publications in the form of research articles, abstracts, and book chapters in various peer reviewed journals and professional meetings. He has also been invited to speak at both national and international meetings.

Arjun enjoys travelling with his wife and two sons and is an avid reader and NFL-fan. He and his wife used to regularly compete in Ballroom Dance competitions.

Research Interests: 

Arjun graduated with a B.S. from Jadavpur University, India and a Ph.D. from MCV/VCU, Richmond, VA. He is published widely and has presented on pharmacy education issues both nationally and internationally.

“My research interest lies in the area of Outcomes Research- Optimal delivery and provision of health/pharmaceutical care can be achieved by the synergy of research, clinical practice and student/pharmacist education. The area of Outcomes Research attempts to unite these fore mentioned components into a streamlined process that provide optimal care to patients at a reasonable cost. This rapidly burgeoning field also consists of interdisciplinary areas like Pharmacoeconomics, Quality of Life, and Epidemiology. Currently, these topical areas have been incorporated not only in clinical trails (phases I-IV) but in pharmacy practice as well. My goal therefore is to further research in the areas of health services research, with special emphasis on disease/drug management and healthcare delivery. Furthermore, I would like to be involved in research in the area of pharmaceutical education; since only by reassessing the quality of our education process can we measure our progress.”