2017-2022 Strategic Plan

A Message from Dean Papadopoulos

As the school moves forward in transforming the face of pharmacy, we must keep in mind the fundamental purpose of pharmaceutical innovation: cura personalis, or care for the whole person. We cannot just treat a disease by dispensing a medication and walking away. We must treat each patient holistically, while also ensuring we provide culturally competent, ethical and appropriate care to our diverse community. This remains as true for pharmacists as it is for physicians, for we are all members of a team charged with the greatest responsibility that exists — improving lives.

Development of this strategic plan began with our greatest asset: our people. With our strong commitment to an inclusive, empowering environment, we interviewed faculty, staff and students, and conducted focus groups with alumni and preceptors. Some 6,000 individuals — including all faculty, staff, students, residents and fellows — plus 5,000 alumni were invited to provide input. The resulting plan builds upon the school’s historic strengths, codifies our core values, and defines the strategies and approaches that will help us achieve our vision of transforming the face of pharmacy.

The following pages detail how implementation of this strategic plan will strengthen our capacity to fulfill the growing needs of this dynamic field by converging innovations in training, scientific research, healthcare and policy solutions to revolutionize the future of healthcare.

Thank you in advance for joining us on this vital journey.

Vassilios Papadopoulos, DPharm, PhD, DSc (hon)
Dean, USC School of Pharmacy
John Stauffer Dean’s Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Steering Committee Chair