About Us

Over 100 Years of Leadership

The USC School of Pharmacy has been a national leader in advancing the pharmaceutical field since our founding in 1905. We continue to serve as an innovative force. Our programs encompass the entire spectrum of pharmacy education, research and practice—from laboratory science and clinical pharmacy to health policy and regulatory science.

Transforming the Face of Pharmacy: Strategic Plan 2016-22

Ever since our founding in 1905, the USC School of Pharmacy has advanced the field through pioneering initiatives, excellence in education and service to diverse populations in need. Through this comprehensive strategic plan, we are building on the firm foundation of our past to raise the science and practice of pharmacy to even greater heights in the future, by converging disciplines, fostering collaboration, preparing future leaders and opening novel paths of scientific exploration and policy impact. 

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USC Pharmacy is proud of our leadership position

#1 

Private
Pharmacy School

#1 

Pharmacy School
in Southern California

97%

PharmD Licensure Pass Rate

Community EXCELLENCE

Expanding Frontiers

Committed to equity, and to serving the community surrounding our campus near downtown Los Angeles, we expand the field’s frontiers through groundbreaking translational discovery and by training new generations of professionals to the highest standards of innovation and care. The excellence of our programs and faculty is recognized worldwide.

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Dean Vassilios
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“Since its inception more than a century ago, the USC School of Pharmacy has remained a place of innovation and excellence in pharmacy education. Our graduates enter their respective fields as leaders and innovators, with the potential to save lives and improve the human condition.”

Vassilios Papadopoulos, DPharm, PhD, DSc (hon)

Dean, USC School of Pharmacy

History

  • 1880

    USC’s three founders include pharmacist John Gately Downey, who was also the seventh governor of California.

  • 1905

    The school is established as the USC College of Pharmacy, offering a two-year pharmacy graduate degree (PhG) with a mission to “create a means for higher pharmaceutical education and supply a broader foundation for the student’s future professional career by providing systematic instruction and special training in those subjects requisite for the successful practice of pharmacy.”

  • 1918

    The school creates the first four-year bachelor of science in pharmacy.

  • 1950

    We establish the nation’s first PharmD program.

  • 1968

    The school launches the nation’s first clinical pharmacy program and the first MS in radiopharmacy.

  • 1970

    We become the first school of pharmacy to offer clinical clerkships.

  • 1974

    The school moves to the Health Sciences Campus, providing faculty and student access to multidisciplinary medical facilities and the LAC+USC Medical Center—one of the world’s largest teaching hospitals.

  • 1988

    We establish the nation’s first PharmD/MBA dual-degree program, providing training in both science and business administration.

  • 1989

    USC launches the Science, Technology and Research (STAR) program, based at the USC School of Pharmacy, to foster life science careers among underrepresented high school students.

  • 1990

    We develop the first PharmD/Graduate Certificate in Gerontology program, training students to pursue leadership roles in geriatric pharmacy.

  • 1992

    We begin an annual series of international workshops to enhance clinical education worldwide.

  • 1993

    The school pioneers the first-ever PhD in pharmaceutical economics and policy, connecting theoretical with practical applications in this growing field.

  • 1996

    Curriculum changes integrate clinical and basic sciences.

  • 2002

    The school launches the first MS in regulatory science degree program and dual PharmD/JD.

  • 2005

    We celebrate the School of Pharmacy’s centennial.

  • 2007

    We launch several new certificate programs in regulatory science.

    The school is featured on the cover of USA Today’s business section on expanding the role of the pharmacist and the impact on patient outcomes and costs.

    The school wins a Pinnacle Award from the American Pharmacy Association (APhA).

  • 2008

    We create the nation’s first professional doctorate program in regulatory science—Doctor of Regulatory Science (DRSc).

    A major Diversity Initiative joins community leaders with educators and students to introduce more students of color to the pharmacy profession.

    We receive the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Best Practices Award for community service outreach.

  • 2009

    The School of Pharmacy and the USC Price School of Public Policy create the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics to conduct innovative research that promotes wellbeing and value in the delivery of healthcare.

    The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy presents the school with its inaugural award for Transformative Community Service.

  • 2010

    A School of Pharmacy faculty member receives the Presidential Citizen Medal from President Obama.

    The school receives a $11.4 million award from the National Institutes of Health to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions.

    An op-ed in the Wall Street Journal advocates for the expansion of pharmacists’ oversight of patient medications to alleviate the burden on physicians.

  • 2011

    We establish the International Center for Regulatory Science, later named for D. K. Kim, to align safety standards for the global biopharmaceutical industry.

    We launch the USC Medication Therapy and Safety Initiative, greatly expanding our capacity for providing medication therapy management and clinical services in safety-net clinics throughout the region.

    A faculty member earns the school a second APhA Pinnacle Award.

  • 2012

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awards the school a landmark $12 million healthcare innovation grant for our safety-net work in chronic diseases.

    We pioneer an international travel health program for community pharmacists in partnership with Good Neighbor Pharmacy.

    Cover story in Pharmacy Today highlights the school’s work in safety-net clinics.

  • 2013

    Our faculty and alumni prove instrumental to passage of California Senate Bill 493, a landmark law that expands pharmacists’ role as essential healthcare providers.

    The school wins a third Pinnacle Award from the APhA.

    The school offers a managed care residency, increasing our residency programs to 11.

  • 2015

    With six clinical trials underway, the school reaches a translational science milestone.

  • 2016

    Faculty and students at the school collaborate with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech on a pioneering experiment headed to the International Space Station, making USC the first pharmacy school in space.

    The school earns a record fourth Pinnacle Award from the APhA.

  • 2017

    We launch an undergraduate minor in Science and Management of Biomedical Therapeutics and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and Drug Development.

    The pioneering Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences is established.

    The school publishes the 10th in a series of fotonovelas aimed at improving health in Latino and other communities.

  • 2018

    We establish a new Center for Quantitative Drug and Disease Modeling.

    The school creates the California Right Meds Collaborative, a network of health plans, pharmacies, and academic and professional organizations, to improve continuity of care through comprehensive medication management, with support from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • 2019

    The Schaeffer Center celebrates its 10th anniversary, recognizing contributions that include quickly becoming a trusted resource for analysis, authoring more than a thousand papers, raising $109 million and holding more than 180 conferences, seminars and other events during the center’s first decade.

  • 2020

    Our faculty offer novel testing strategies for COVID-19, conduct research into innovative therapies for the disease and launch a partnership with the city of Los Angeles to provide free flu vaccinations across the city to avoid a “twindemic.”

    We partner with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles Fire Department and other community groups to open the Lincoln Park vaccine point-of-dispensing (POD) site for COVID-19 vaccinations.

  • 2021

    Faculty, alumni and students involved in the COVID-19 vaccination effort are featured in The New York Times and on the front page of the Los Angeles Times.

    The nation’s largest POD opens at Dodger Stadium, with the school overseeing preparation of thousands of vaccine doses per day. Volunteer students and alumni continue administering vaccines here and in other locations to people from across Los Angeles—including in the area’s hardest-hit, most underserved neighborhoods.

    The school’s new Titus Center for Medication Safety and Population Health is established.

    We launch a new Master of Science degree in Biopharmaceutical Marketing.

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Results magazine

Results magazine, published semi-annually, highlights some of the USC School of Pharmacy’s latest advances and achievements, as well as the faculty, students, alumni and donors who make this work possible.