Doctorate Degrees
 
 
 

Doctorate Degrees

 

Ph.D. in Health Economics

The USC Health Economics Ph.D. Program, housed at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy, is offered by the Titus Family Department of Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy. Students receive training in microeconomics, econometrics, health economics, public finance, and pharmaceutical economics. USC graduates are highly sought for their solid interdisciplinary background in theoretical and empirical research, and often assume teaching and research positions at universities, in industry and elsewhere. Competitive fellowships are available.

We offer two PhD tracks: (1) microeconomics; (2) pharmaceutical economics and policy

Microeconomics

Students in microeconomics will complete the microeconomic theory and econometric sequence and coursework in health economics.  They will receive focused training and mentoring in health economics through collaboration on research projects led by distinguished health economists at the Schaeffer Center.

Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy

Students in pharmaceutical economics and policy will specialize in areas such as cost-effectiveness, comparative effectiveness, drug therapy outcomes and organization of pharmaceutical markets.  They will collaborate on projects led by notable faculty with expertise in pharmaceutical economics and policy.

 

For more information, please contact:

Jeff McCombs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics & Policy

jmccombs@usc.edu

 

Ph.D. in Economics with a Health Economic Certificate

Joint with the Schaeffer Center, the Economics Department announces two initiatives in the area of Health Economics. Fellowships are available to students who want to specialize in Health Economics. Below are the rules for eligibility and how to apply for these fellowships. As of Fall 2014, Economics students can qualify for a Certificate in Health Economics. Program description below. All Ph.D. students can obtain this certificate by fulfilling the requirements.

 

Health Economics Fellowship Description

 

Health Economics Certificate Requirements

 

For more information, please contact:

Briana White
Program Manager, Education and Training

briana.white@usc.edu


Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Management (Ph.D.)

 

Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management (PPM)

The Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management (PPM) produces researchers and scholars who provide innovative solutions to societal problems and improve governance. Through a rigorous core of institutional, policy, and management theory and strong methodological training, PPM students develop the foundation to advance knowledge in public affairs.

Working closely with faculty mentors, PPM students develop substantive expertise in core areas within the School of Policy, Planning, and Development or within a related disciplinary field in another USC department. Examples include:

  • Civic engagement
  • Economic development
  • Governance
  • Health management and policy
  • Homeland security
  • International development
  • Network theory
  • Nonprofits and philanthropy
  • Social policy
  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Transportation and infrastructure

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Gary Painter
Director, Graduate Programs in Public Policy
(213) 740-8754
gpainter@usc.edu

Ph.D. in Health Economics

Ph.D. in Economics with a Health Economics Certificate

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Management (Ph.D.)