Advancing the Profession
One of the first programs in this dynamic arena, the Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences remains a global leader in producing professionals with the knowledge and skills to manage regulated biomedical products worldwide. This rapidly growing and increasingly global field encompasses every aspect of pharmaceutical and medical device development, quality assurance and clinical trials oversight—helping shepherd life-improving and often lifesaving advances to the marketplace.
News and Highlights
from our Regulatory Science Community
Center for Regulatory Science
Aligning Regulatory Standards for Global Impact
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What is Regulatory Science?
Resources to learn all about our field
- From Microscope to Market
- School Hosts International Medical Regulators Forum
- A Progressive Degree Yields Results for a Progressive Student
- Quality Counts in New Master’s Degree at School of Pharmacy
- Director of Regulatory Science program receives Award for Excellence
- USC Pharmacy Program Targets Drug Development
- Options in Regulatory Affairs – Specialties and Skill Sets
- Regulatory Science: Researchers in the Pipeline – Nature
- All in the Details: Careers in Regulatory Science – Science
- 5 High-Paying Science Jobs and How to Get Them – Money
- Perspectives on an Alternative Career Path in Regulatory Science
- Medical Device Skill Training for Entry-Level Workers: Help Is On The Way
- FDA: Why You Should Care About Regulatory Science
Mirroring the working environment of the industry, our programs emphasize collaborative problem-solving, communication, teamwork, cross-functional fluency and other soft skills essential for success in all aspects of regulatory and quality sciences—from shaping individual company strategies to ushering in systemic change to advance the entire profession. We also focus on regional and cultural sensitivities, comparative regulations and other knowledge critical for the rapid globalization of regulatory science.
There is a growing need for talent with skillsets that combine scientific foundation, business understanding and regulatory knowledge. A graduate degree in regulatory science can prepare students for a career in this industry that is both exciting and rewarding.
Eunjoo Pacifici, PharmD, PhD
Highlights / Benefits
Flexible and Individualized
In keeping with the versatility of regulatory and quality sciences as a career path, our programs emphasize flexibility and customization. They are tailored to accommodate busy professionals and designed to meet your current needs and long-term goals. You set your own pace, taking the number of classes you prefer, when and where you need them—on weekends and evenings, online, in the classroom or in a blended format. Class sizes are kept intentionally small to foster networking and group interactions. Individual classes can also be taken without enrolling in a graduate program. If you later choose to apply and are accepted, the coursework you have completed prior to admission will count toward your graduate certificate or master’s degree. And as you continue to progress in your career, you can come back and earn your doctorate. We focus on the whole person, individualizing your experience in the program and helping you forge a career path that’s suited to you alone. You’ll have the chance to take advantage of unique training opportunities through industry, government and other internships.
Meet the Faculty
Frances J. Richmond, PhD
Nancy Pire-Smerkanich, DRSc, MS
Eunjoo Pacifici, PharmD, PhD
C. Benson Kuo, PhD
Terry David Church, DRSc, MA, MS
Susan Bain, DRSc
Opening Doors of Opportunity
Browse our department viewbook to learn more about our pioneering and comprehensive curriculum, the USC Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences at the USC School of Pharmacy is internationally renowned for preparing new leaders in this dynamic industry.