The USC Schaeffer Center was created as a partnership between the USC School of Pharmacy and the USC Price School of Public Policy, whose pharmacoeconomics and health policy experts remain at the center of our efforts.
USC School of Pharmacy
One of the top pharmacy schools nationwide and the highest-ranked private school, the USC School of Pharmacy continues its century-old reputation for innovative programming, practice and collaboration.
The school created the nation’s first Doctor of Pharmacy program, the first clinical pharmacy program, the first clinical clerkships, the first doctorates in pharmaceutical economics and regulatory science, and the first PharmD/MBA dual-degree program, among other innovations in education, research and practice. The USC School of Pharmacy is the only private pharmacy school on a major health sciences campus, which facilitates partnerships with other health professionals as well as new breakthroughs in care. It also is the only school of pharmacy that owns and operates five pharmacies.
The school is home to the D. K. Kim International Center for Regulatory Science at USC and the Center for Quantitative Drug and Disease Modeling, and is a partner in the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics and the USC Center for Drug Discovery and Development. The school pioneered a national model of clinical pharmacy care through work in safety-net clinics throughout Southern California and is a leader in comprehensive medication management. The school is distinguished by its focus on encouraging innovation, building new research portfolios, increasing diversity and preparing students for the careers of tomorrow.
Vassilios Papadopoulos has served as dean since October 2016.
USC Price School of Public Policy
Since 1929, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy has defined excellence and innovation in public affairs education. Ranked third nationwide among 275 schools of public affairs, the Price School’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. For more than nine decades, the Price School has forged solutions and advanced knowledge, meeting timely challenges with purpose, principle and a pioneering spirit.
The school’s programs cut across 14 interdisciplinary research centers and five primary departments of study: governance and management, health policy and management, public policy, real estate development, and urban planning and spatial analysis. With interconnected yet distinct disciplines housed under one roof, the Price School brings multiple lenses to bear on critical issues.
Solving societal issues of such complexity requires not only great minds but also great action. USC Price fosters collaboration and partnerships to better understand problems through varied perspectives. The school uses the influence of California and Los Angeles as a resource for setting new paradigms. Every year, the school calls on a new generation of creative thinkers to explore beyond the status quo. These graduates go on to shape our world as leaders in government, nonprofit agencies and the private sector.
Dana Goldman was appointed interim dean in July 2020