Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences

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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.

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from our Regulatory Science Community


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Center for Regulatory Science

Aligning Regulatory Standards for Global Impact

Industry Relevant​

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.

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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​

Chair, Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences

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Meet the Faculty

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Katie M Graham, PharmD, MS

An expert in scientific exchange and regulatory considerations affecting product commercialization.
Frances J. Richmond, PhD

Frances J. Richmond, PhD

An expert in implantable medical devices, clinical trial regulatory issues, and regulation of pharmaceuticals and medical device products.
Nancy Pire-Smerkanich, DRSc, MS

Nancy Pire-Smerkanich, DRSc, MS

Professional who brings 30 years of industry experience in drug development to academia
Eunjoo Pacifici, PharmD, PhD

Eunjoo Pacifici, PharmD, PhD

Eunjoo Pacifici is an expert in drug regulations, the global pharmaceutical market, and international medical product regulations.
C. Benson Kuo, PhD

C. Benson Kuo, PhD

C. Benson Kuo's research focuses on regulatory issues for innovative medical products and product safety in Asia.
Terry David Church, DRSc, MA, MS

Terry David Church, DRSc, MA, MS

Expert in biorepository regulation and ethics, and drug addiction and regulation of controlled substances

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.