Pharmacy Administration with the Master of Health Administration (MHA)

Postgraduate Year 1

This is a two-year residency program that begins with the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency in Acute Care at Keck Hospital of USC as listed below. The resident will begin graduate coursework in the Master of Health Administration (MHA) beginning the fall semester of the PGY1 residency in conjunction with the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. The MHA requires 48 units of graduate coursework to complete. As part of the pharmacy residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration, the PGY1, the resident will develop teaching skills in both a clinical setting as well as in the classroom. Supplemental projects
will aid in developing administrative, research, and analytical skills, in addition to improving the resident’s understanding of pharmacy practice and administration in an academic health-system.

Postgraduate Year 2

The remaining 12 months focuses on developing leadership and management competencies within health-system pharmacy administration. Rotations may be tailored to the resident’s career interests and goals.

Clinical Practice at Keck Hospital of USC

Opened in May 1991, Keck Hospital of USC is a modern academic center owned and operated by USC; staffed by the faculty of the USC School of pharmacy, and the Keck School of Medicine at USC. Keck Hospital of USC is a quaternary medical facility, ranked as the 21st best hospital in the nation by U.S. News & Report magazine in July 2010. Additionally, the hospital ranks in the top 50 in the nation for ophthalmology, pulmonology, orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery, and gynecology. The hospital offers expertise and sophisticated medical technology, combined with a personalized approach to health care in a comfortable, caring environment.

Statistics at Keck Hospital of USC

The hospital has 411 beds dedicated as follows:

  • Medical/Surgical Acute Care: 307
  • Intensive Care/Coronary Care: 94
  • Acute Psychiatric Care: 10

Visits per year:

  • Outpatient Visits: 69,571
  • Admissions: 8,317
  • Average daily census: 175

Clinical Practice at LAC + USC Medical Center

LAC + USC Medical Center opened a new state of the art hospital in 2008 with approximately 600 beds. The medical center is a Level 1 trauma service hospital, which provides medical and surgical care services in obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, general medicine, burn ICU, and a specialized level III neo-natal ICU. LAC + USC Medical Center also offers psychiatric services for adults, adolescents and children. LAC + USC Medical Center is one of the leading resources for health training of physicians, pharmacists, and allied health care personnel in the United States.
Clinical Practice

The residency consists of eight 6-week long rotations. The program consists of the following rotations:

  • 2-3 months at LAC + USC
  • 9-10 months at Keck Hospital of USC
  • Pharmacy Operations management, with the opportunity to choose a variety of preceptors who work in different management roles.
  • Ambulatory care: Variety of options, including but not limited to, HIV clinic, cystic fibrosis clinic, primary care clinic, anticoagulation clinic, etc.
  • Introduction to Hospital Practice

Rotations at the hospital sites may include, but are not limited to, infectious disease (at Keck Hospital of USC and LAC + USC), medical ICU, cardiac ICU, liver disease and transplantation, neurology and neurosurgery, psychiatry, cardiothoracic surgery, pulmonary medicine, and oncology. The program at Keck Hospital of USC allows the resident to be flexible when setting their rotation schedule for the program year. Residents will work in close contact with the residency director, primary preceptors, and pharmacy staff to establish a schedule individualized to each residents’ interest.


Residents will serve as adjunct professors and are required to lead weekly Therapeutic Modules for second and third-year students through the School of Pharmacy. Each resident is given the opportunity to take an active participatory role in the case conference process by designing a case conference scenario, and providing a general overview of the topic to co-residents. Residents will also have the opportunity to earn their teaching certificate through providing classroom lectures, such as over-the-counter drugs, and ACLS training. Additionally, residents will act as co-preceptors for the fourth year pharmacy students while on their clinical clerkships. These opportunities will not only be beneficial for the students, as they seek out the residents’ expertise, but it will provide the necessary training for residents to hone their education skills in a teaching scenario, as well as clinical educators.


Research classes and seminars are provided to residents. During the year, residents are required to:

  • Complete a residency project
  • Present the project’s findings at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows and Preceptors.
  • Submit a manuscript for publication prior to the end of the residency

Contact us

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact:

Kevin Forrester, PharmD
Program Director, USC Pharmacy Practice Residencies
Keck Hospital of USC
1500 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Telephone: (323) 442-8584
Fax: (323) 442-8382

Scott Evans, Pharm.D.
CEO, Keck Hospital of USC
1500 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

William C. Gong, PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP
Director, Residency and Fellowship Training
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
University of Southern California
School of Pharmacy
1985 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90089-9121
Telephone: (323) 442-2625