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 10 pharmacy schools nationwide and the highest-ranked private pharmacy 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 International Center for Regulatory Science at USC, 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. A focus on clinical pharmacy, community outreach, regulatory science, drug discovery and development, and health economics and policy positions the USC School of Pharmacy as a leader in the safe, efficient and optimal use of medication therapy that can save lives and improve the human condition.
In October 2016, noted scientist Vassilios Papadopoulos became the school’s new dean after leading major research initiatives at McGill University Health Centre and Georgetown University.
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 second nationwide among 266 schools of public affairs, the Price School is dedicated to teaching and research that advances society through better democratic governance, more effective social policy and sustainable urban development.
The school’s faculty members and 12 research centers tackle critical societal issues involving health policy and economics, collaborative governance, environment and sustainability, housing policy, nonprofits and philanthropy, mass emergencies and terrorism, economic development, inequality and equity, transportation, immigration and globalization, among others. The school’s graduates shape our world as leaders in government, nonprofit agencies and the private sector.
Through a time-honored commitment to public service, a legacy of strong connections to professional leaders and a world-renowned research portfolio, the mission of the Price School is to improve quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad.
Jack H. Knott has served as dean of the Price School since 2005. He previously was director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Chicago.