Vasco Miguel Pontinha, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacotherapy & Outcomes Science
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Dr. Pontinha is a health economist specialized in healthcare quality, medication use, and economic evaluation of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions in healthcare. He received his PhD from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy where he developed group-based trajectory models to identify patterns of long-term medication adherence and implemented machine learning algorithms to evaluate value-based health care policy. He was also able to attract extramural funding to pursue his doctoral dissertation. Prior to his doctoral training, he received his pharmacy degree from the University of Lisbon and his Master in Management from the Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics, and worked extensively for pharmaceutical companies and in consulting.

Area of Focus

  • Quality Improvement
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Health Economics


  • Ph.D., Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (Virginia Commonwealth University, 2022)
  • M.A., Management and Strategic Marketing (Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics, 2017)
  • Pharm.D., (University of Lisbon, 2012)


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