Dean Vassilios

Tradition,
Innovation
and Opportunity

Welcome to the USC School of Pharmacy, an institution steeped in tradition, innovation and opportunity. As you explore this website, you will find many examples of our leadership—from pioneering degrees to groundbreaking research to being a key player in vaccination efforts throughout Los Angeles that helped stem the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Founded more than a century ago, the school continues expanding the frontiers of pharmacy education while providing excellence in research and service. From the school’s undergraduate programs to graduate and postdoctoral levels, our faculty members are passionate about mentoring the next generation of leaders across the full spectrum of pharmacy-related professions.

They achieve this while engaged in expert clinical care, pharmaceutical and health economics research that positively influences healthcare policy, novel approaches that advance regulatory practices and breakthrough scientific discoveries that improve human health.

It is no wonder that we rank highly among schools of pharmacy in government and private research funding. Yet even as our education and research result in global impact, we remain committed to making a positive impact in the community that surrounds our campus. Our Los Angeles location provides students with an array of clinical experiential opportunities in a wide variety of settings, working with a diverse range of patients and disease states. The school is a national leader in promoting pharmacy practice in safety-net clinics serving the homeless and uninsured, and in eliminating pharmacy deserts.

USC is also the only private school of pharmacy on a major health sciences campus, as well as the only school of pharmacy that owns and operates five pharmacies. This affords our students a unique interdisciplinary environment that fosters leading-edge research and practice aimed at revolutionizing health.

At the USC School of Pharmacy, you will find a welcoming place where talented individuals solve complex problems by working collaboratively—with colleagues in other disciplines throughout the university and at academic institutions around the world, as well as with industry and governmental partners. We transcend traditional ways of thinking to creatively generate transformative ideas and outcomes.

Vassilios Papadopoulos, DPharm, PhD, DSc (hon)
Dean, USC School of Pharmacy
John Stauffer Decanal Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences