Laura E. Happe, PharmD, MPH is a pharmacist, researcher, and writer who uses data to help people make better health decisions. Her career has spanned across the health insurance, pharmaceutical industry, mail order pharmacy, consulting and university settings.

Laura is 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. JMCP is published monthly and has a circulation of over 30,000 people. She is a professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she directs the managed care pharmacy track within the graduate program of the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy.

Prior to her current roles, Laura was Chief Pharmacy Officer at Humana, where she led the company's response to combating the opioid epidemic. She also developed a research program at Humana, resulting in hundreds of peer-reviewed articles and presentations. 


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. She lives with her husband in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they teach their kids that happiness is a choice.


Claims data


Managed Care


Outcomes research


Population health

Real world evidence

Curriculum Vitae