Douglas Steinke

Douglas Steinke, BSc(Pharm), MSc, PhD, FHEA, ARPharmS, FISPE


  • Senior Lecturer in Pharmacoepidemiology, Pharmacy

Personal profile


Dr Steinke is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacoepidemiology with a teaching and research focus.  Dr Steinke teaches in the 3rd and 4th year of the MPharm programme and in the postgraduate Diploma course.  His research involves the epidemiology of medication use and outcomes (good or bad) in chronic diseases.  His research has focused on medicines use in type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.  His pharmacy career has spanned from working in a community and hospital pharmacy to industry and government services in Canada.  His research has been conducted in Canada, USA and in Scotland using large medical administrative data bases. 

Research interests

My research activity is primarily in Pharmacoepidemiology.  The specific areas of interest are chronic disease pharmacoepidemiology and the effects of time dependent variables on drug exposure and outcomes.  I work in diabetes, COPD/asthma and hypertension.  I use very large medical databases like CPRD for most of my research.

Health Services Research - evaluating health promotion and projects in pharmaceutical public health, pharmacy practice research (value of pharmacists in healthcare) and program evaluation.

Biostatistics and electronic data management using STATA

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Dr Steinke is an active member of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE), the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), the Canadian Society of Epidemiology and Biosatistics (CSEB) and the European Drug Utilisation Research Group (EuroDURG)


BSc Pharmacy from the University of Manitoba, Canada

MSc Community Health and Epidemiology from Queen's University, Canada

PGCertificate in Health Economics from the University of Aberdeen

PhD Pharmacoepidemiology from the University of Dundee

Register Pharmacist (Part B) with the Ontario College of Pharmacists

Fellow of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (FISPE)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

PGT External Examiner, Queen's University Belfast

1 Sept 20201 Sept 2022

MSc External Examiner, University of Hertfordshire

1 Oct 2015 → …

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Institute for Data Science and AI


  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Health Services Research
  • Drug Utilisation Studies
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics


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