Degree Programs

Degree Programs

Schaeffer Center faculty teach in and/or direct the following degree programs:

MS in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy 
This master of science program emphasizes pharmaceutical commerce and policy and is taught by Schaeffer Center faculty affiliated with the USC School of Pharmacy and the Department of Economics in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. For information, contact Dr. Jeffrey McCombs or call 213-821-7941.

MS in Healthcare Decision Analysis
This newly emerging branch of applied research focuses on the intersection of health economics, applied international health policy, insurance design, competitive business intelligence and pricing. Housed at the Schaeffer Center, the degree is offered through the School of Pharmacy. For information, contact Dr. Grant Lawless or call 213-821-6181.

Master of Health Administration
Offered through the USC Price School of Public Policy, the Master of Health Administration program has trained leaders in health management policy for nearly four decades. For information, contact Dr. Mike Nichol or call 213-821-2355.

Master of Biopharmaceutical Marketing
This new degree program was launched in summer 2018. For information, contact Michelle Ton or call 213-821-6478.

Executive Master of Health Administration
This master’s degree, offered through the USC Price School of Public Policy, employs a value-based and outcomes-oriented approach to healthcare management with a focus on healthcare innovation, implementation, population management, risk assessment and access. For information, contact Dr. Mike Nichol or call 213-821-2355.

PhD in Public Policy and Management
The PhD 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 as well as strong methodological training, PPM students develop the foundation to advance knowledge in public affairs. For information, contact Dr. Gary Painter or call 213-740-8754.

PhD in Health Economics
This doctoral program integrates curriculum from the Department of Economics, Department of Preventive Medicine in the Keck School of Medicine, and Pharmaceutical and Health Economics in the School of Pharmacy. It offers two distinct tracks:

  • Microeconomics
  • Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy

For information, contact Dr. Jeffrey McCombs or call 213-821-7941.