Laura E Happe

Laura E Happe, Pharm.D., M.P.H., FAMCP

Clinical Professor; Director Of The POP Online M.S. Program

Department: Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy
Business Phone: (727) 488-2700
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About Laura E Happe

Laura E. Happe, Pharm.D., M.P.H., is an editor, professor and author who specializes in using data to aid in decision making. Laura leads the online master’s degree program at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy. The program was established in 2006 and graduates 50 students annually. Laura is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy (JMCP), the official peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy with a circulation of over 30,000 people. Laura also serves on the Board of Directors of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, a managed Medicaid plan in North Carolina.

Previously, Laura was the Chief Pharmacy Officer of Humana, where she was responsible for advancing the clinical pharmacy acumen and integrating pharmacy into the company’s integrated care delivery model. During her time at Humana, she also enhanced the company’s research program, contributing to more than 70 peer-reviewed published manuscripts. She has more than 10 years of consulting experience with notable clients including GlaxoSmithKline, BMS, and Novartis.

Laura earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University and is a licensed pharmacist in both Florida and Arizona. She also holds a Master’s of Public Health degree with an emphasis in epidemiology from the University of South Florida and is fellowship trained in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research. Laura’s first book, If You Give an Ox an Oxy, is an educational resource for parents to teach their adolescents about the hazards of opioid use.

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
PHA6910 Supervised Research
PHA6935 Selected Topics in Pharmacy
PHA6938 Research Seminar
PHA6276 Pharmacy Benefit Design & Management
PHA6213 Advanced Case Studies in Managed Care Pharmacy
PHA6279 Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Capstone


Themed issue on drug pricing policy and the Inflation Reduction Act.
Journal of managed care & specialty pharmacy. 30(3) [DOI] 10.18553/jmcp.2024.23217. [PMID] 38426929.
A primer on managed care pharmacy.
Journal of managed care & specialty pharmacy. 29(12):1371-1376 [DOI] 10.18553/jmcp.2023.29.12.1371. [PMID] 38058142.
Introducing the Managed Care Pharmacy Primer Series.
Journal of managed care & specialty pharmacy. 29(12):1369-1370 [DOI] 10.18553/jmcp.2023.29.12.1369. [PMID] 38058140.
Meeting report: an exploration into the scientific and regulatory aspects of pharmaceutical drug quality in the United States.
Expert opinion on drug safety. 21(2):167-170 [DOI] 10.1080/14740338.2022.2020244. [PMID] 34915789.
Incidence of nonmelanoma skin cancer in the United States population aged 65 years and older, 2014.
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 85(3):741-743 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jaad.2019.08.079. [PMID] 31499148.
Application of a Graphical Depiction of Longitudinal Study Designs to Managed Care Pharmacy Research.
Journal of managed care & specialty pharmacy. 26(3):268-274 [DOI] 10.18553/jmcp.2020.26.3.268. [PMID] 32105168.
Distinguishing Predatory from Reputable Publishing Practices.
Journal of managed care & specialty pharmacy. 26(8):956-960 [DOI] 10.18553/jmcp.2020.26.8.956. [PMID] 32715959.
Managed Care Pharmacy Research on Inappropriate Opioid Use Interventions.
Journal of managed care & specialty pharmacy. 26(10):1199-1202 [DOI] 10.18553/jmcp.2020.26.10.1199a. [PMID] 32996387.
Top Evidentiary Gaps in Managed Care Pharmacy: A Research Agenda.
Journal of managed care & specialty pharmacy. 26(4):375-381 [DOI] 10.18553/jmcp.2020.19372. [PMID] 32130069.
Graphical Depiction of Longitudinal Study Designs in Health Care Databases.
Annals of internal medicine. 170(6):398-406 [DOI] 10.7326/M18-3079. [PMID] 30856654.
Primary Care Provider Encounter Cadence and HbA1c Control in Older Patients With Diabetes.
American journal of preventive medicine. 57(4):e95-e101 [DOI] 10.1016/j.amepre.2019.04.018. [PMID] 31542146.
Alternative Payment Models in Medical Oncology: Assessing Quality-of-Care Outcomes Under Partial Capitation.
American health & drug benefits. 11(7):371-378 [PMID] 30647824.
Outcomes at Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence and Non-Designated Centers: A Retrospective Cohort Study in a TRICARE Population.
The American surgeon. 84(3):410-415 [PMID] 29559057.
Outcomes of a Digital Health Program With Human Coaching for Diabetes Risk Reduction in a Medicare Population.
Journal of aging and health. 30(5):692-710 [DOI] 10.1177/0898264316688791. [PMID] 28553807.
Does a Free Office Visit Affect Primary Care-Seeking Behavior? A Study of New Exchange Health Plan Enrollees in Mississippi.
American health & drug benefits. 10(2):64-71 [PMID] 28626503.
Family Physician Readiness for Value-Based Payments: Does Ownership Status Matter?
Population health management. 20(5):357-361 [DOI] 10.1089/pop.2016.0135. [PMID] 28099059.
Leveraging Health-Related Quality of Life in Population Health Management: The Case for Healthy Days.
Population health management. 20(1):13-22 [DOI] 10.1089/pop.2015.0162. [PMID] 27031869.
Missed Opportunities for Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Initiation in an Insured Adolescent Female Population.
Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. 6(4):360-365 [DOI] 10.1093/jpids/pix067. [PMID] 29036336.
Presentation at computed tomography (CT) scan of the thorax and first year diagnostic and treatment utilization among patients diagnosed with lung cancer.
PloS one. 12(7) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pone.0181319. [PMID] 28708876.
Building Evidence for Pharmacist Interventions in Managed Care.
Journal of managed care & specialty pharmacy. 22(1) [DOI] 10.18553/jmcp.2016.22.1.8. [PMID] 27015046.
Do Case Rates Affect Physicians’ Clinical Practice in Radiation Oncology?: An Observational Study.
PloS one. 11(2) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pone.0149449. [PMID] 26870963.
Double-Digit Prescription Drug Spending Increase? Managed Care Pharmacists Saw It Coming.
Journal of managed care & specialty pharmacy. 22(2) [DOI] 10.18553/jmcp.2016.22.2.96. [PMID] 27015248.
The physician-insurer dynamic must shift to successfully implement value-based payments.
Healthcare (Amsterdam, Netherlands). 4(4):282-284 [DOI] 10.1016/j.hjdsi.2016.06.004. [PMID] 27599395.
Comparative evaluation of patients newly initiating first-generation versus second-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors for chronic myeloid leukemia and medication adherence, health services utilization, and healthcare costs.
Current medical research and opinion. 31(2):289-97 [DOI] 10.1185/03007995.2014.991440. [PMID] 25420131.
Longitudinal evaluation of a colorectal cancer screenings measurement model
Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. 13
Treatment Interruption and Regimen Change in Firstgeneration versus Second-generation Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors used as First-line Therapy for Chronic Myeloid Leukemia.
Journal of health economics and outcomes research. 2(2):181-191 [DOI] 10.36469/9899. [PMID] 37663584.
Using sequence discovery to target outreach for diabetes medication adherence.
The American journal of managed care. 21(11):e601-8 [PMID] 26735293.
A systematic literature review assessing the directional impact of managed care formulary restrictions on medication adherence, clinical outcomes, economic outcomes, and health care resource utilization.
Journal of managed care & specialty pharmacy. 20(7):677-84 [DOI] 10.18553/jmcp.2014.20.7.677. [PMID] 24967521.
Frequency and economic impact of comorbid cardiac conditions with multiple sclerosis.
Journal of managed care & specialty pharmacy. 20(8):795-9 [DOI] 10.18553/jmcp.2014.20.8.795. [PMID] 25062072.
Choosing the best treatment for multiple sclerosis: comparative effectiveness, safety, and other factors involved in disease-modifying therapy choice.
The American journal of managed care. 19(17 Suppl):s332-42 [PMID] 24494634.
Pharmacy Students for an Evolving Health Care Delivery System Through the Use of Grey Literature
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 44(7):1-7
Using grey literature to prepare pharmacy students for an evolving healthcare delivery system.
American journal of pharmaceutical education. 77(4) [DOI] 10.5688/ajpe77482. [PMID] 23716750.
Approaches to the management of agents used for the treatment of multiple sclerosis: consensus statements from a panel of U.S. managed care pharmacists and physicians.
Journal of managed care pharmacy : JMCP. 18(1):54-62 [DOI] 10.18553/jmcp.2012.18.1.54. [PMID] 22235955.
Consequences of major bleeding in hospitalized patients with non-ST segment elevation acute coronary syndromes receiving injectable anticoagulants.
Current medical research and opinion. 25(2):413-20 [DOI] 10.1185/03007990802649133. [PMID] 19192986.
Economic and clinical evaluation of fondaparinux vs. enoxaparin for thromboprophylaxis following general surgery.
Current medical research and opinion. 25(5):1081-7 [DOI] 10.1185/03007990902837117. [PMID] 19298219.
Impact of a pentavalent combination vaccine on immunization timeliness in a state Medicaid population.
The Pediatric infectious disease journal. 28(2):98-101 [DOI] 10.1097/INF.0b013e318187d047. [PMID] 19148039.
Burden of deep vein thrombosis in the outpatient setting following major orthopedic surgery.
The Annals of pharmacotherapy. 42(9):1216-21 [DOI] 10.1345/aph.1L135. [PMID] 18611992.
Cost and occurrence of thrombocytopenia in patients receiving venous thromboembolism prophylaxis following major orthopaedic surgeries.
Journal of thrombosis and thrombolysis. 26(2):125-31 [PMID] 18034323.
Decreased venous thromboembolism with injectable vs oral anticoagulation after discharge for major orthopedic surgery.
The Journal of arthroplasty. 23(6 Suppl 1):25-30 [DOI] 10.1016/j.arth.2008.05.017. [PMID] 18722300.
Postdischarge oral versus injectable anticoagulation following major orthopedic surgery.
The Annals of pharmacotherapy. 42(9):1222-8 [DOI] 10.1345/aph.1L113. [PMID] 18664606.
Venous thromboembolism clinically detected after hip fracture surgery with prophylaxis in a clinical practice setting.
American journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.). 37(9):470-5 [PMID] 18982184.
Combination vaccine use and vaccination quality in a managed care population.
The American journal of managed care. 13(9):506-12 [PMID] 17803364.
Comparison of cost, effectiveness, and safety of injectable anticoagulants used for thromboprophylaxis after orthopedic surgery.
American journal of health-system pharmacy : AJHP : official journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 64(22):2349-55 [PMID] 17989444.
Use of combination vaccines is associated with improved coverage rates.
The Pediatric infectious disease journal. 26(6):496-500 [PMID] 17529866.
Venous thromboembolism after orthopedic surgery: implications of the choice for prophylaxis.
Thrombosis research. 121(1):17-24 [PMID] 17449088.
Pharmacoeconomic analysis of sequential treatment pathways in the treatment of onychomycosis.
Managed care interface. 18(1):55-63 [PMID] 15682633.
Relationship of total health care charges to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor utilization patterns including the length of antidepressant therapy–results from a managed care administrative claims database.
Journal of managed care pharmacy : JMCP. 11(2):145-50 [DOI] 10.18553/jmcp.2005.11.2.145. [PMID] 15766321.
Pharmacoeconomic evaluation of antidepressant therapies.
Managed care (Langhorne, Pa.). 13(6 Suppl Depression):34-41 [PMID] 15293769.

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