USC School of Pharmacy
Founded in 1905, the USC School of Pharmacy is the oldest and foremost pharmacy school in Southern California. In 2005 the school celebrated its 100-year anniversary -- a milestone in pharmacy education and research. Approximately 50 percent of the practicing pharmacists in Southern California are graduates of USC. The school has an average student body of 740 full-time students in the professional program, 87 students in the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs, a full-time faculty of 74 and more than 355 part-time and volunteer faculty.
The school occupies state-of-the-art facilities on the USC Health Sciences campus in metropolitan Los Angeles, adjacent to the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center (one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country), the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Doheny Eye Institute and the USC University Hospital. USC pharmacy students receive clinical training at these facilities and many other affiliated hospitals, health care clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health care agencies and pharmacies in the Southern California region. Recognized as one of the most innovative schools of pharmacy in the nation, the USC School of Pharmacy serves as a model for other progressive pharmacy schools. USC was the first to establish the six-year program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree as the first professional degree. In 1968, USC initiated one of the first clinical pharmacy programs in the nation. In 1988, the school started a Pharm.D./M.B.A. dual degree program, the first of its kind in the country. In collaboration with the Andrus Gerontology Center, a Pharm.D./Graduate Certificate in Gerontology was developed in 1990. In 1994, the school implemented the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy, also the first of their kind in the country. In 2001, additional dual degree programs were introduced including the Pharm.D./J.D., the Pharm.D./M.S. in Regulatory Science and the Pharm.D./Master of Public Health, and in 2003, the school initiated the Pharm.D./M.S. in Gerontology.
The school is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, which promotes the interests of pharmaceutical education. All institutions holding membership must maintain certain minimum requirements for entrance and graduation. The school is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
Health Sciences Campus
John Stauffer Pharmaceutical Sciences Center
1985 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9121
(323) 442-1369 Office of the Dean
FAX: (323) 442-1681
(323) 442-1466 Office of Admission and Student Affairs
AdministrationR. Pete Vanderveen, Ph.D., B.C.P.P., R.Ph., Dean
Fred G. Weissman, Pharm.D., J.D., Associate Dean, Academic and Clinical Affairs
Cynthia C. White, B.A., Associate Dean, Administrative Affairs
Ronald L. Alkana, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Associate Dean, Graduate Affairs and Curricular Development
Enrique Cadenas, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research Affairs
FacultyJohn Stauffer Dean's Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences: R. Pete Vanderveen, Ph.D., B.C.P.P., R.Ph.
Hygeia Centennial Chair in Clinical Pharmacy: Gilbert J. Burckart, Ph.D.
John A. Biles Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Wei-Chiang Shen, Ph.D.
Timothy M. Chan Professor of Complementary Therapeutics: Rajindar S. Sohal, Ph.D.
Gavin S. Herbert Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Sarah F. Hamm-Alvarez, Ph.D.
Charles Krown/Pharmacy Alumni Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Enrique Cadenas, M.D., Ph.D.
QSAD Centurion Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Michael B. Nichol, Ph.D.
University Professor and Boyd P. and Elsie D. Welin Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Jean Chen Shih, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor: Walter Wolf, Ph.D.
Professors: Ronald L. Alkana, Pharm.D., Ph.D.; Roberta D. Brinton, Ph.D.; Enrique Cadenas, M.D., Ph.D.; Timothy M. Chan, Ph.D.; Sarah F. Hamm-Alvarez, Ph.D.; Wei-Chiang Shen, Ph.D.; Jean C. Shih, Ph.D.; Rajindar Sohal, Ph.D.; Walter W. Wolf, Ph.D.
Associate Professors: James D. Adams, Jr., Ph.D.; Roger F. Duncan, Ph.D.; Ian S. Haworth, Ph.D.; Joel W. Hay, Ph.D.; Jeffrey S. McCombs, Ph.D. (Gerontology); Michael B. Nichol, Ph.D.; Curtis T. Okamoto, Ph.D.
Assistant Professors: Jeonghoon Ahn, Ph.D.; Nouri Neamati, Ph.D.; Bangyan Stiles, Ph.D.; Clay C.C. Wang, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professors: Kevin J.Y.H. Shin Chen, Ph.D.; Daryl L. Davies, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professors: Julianna Hwang, Pharm.D.; Robin Mockett, Ph.D.; Jon Nilsen, Ph.D.; Xiao-Ming Ou, Ph.D.; Igor Rebrin, Ph.D.; Pikran Toroser, Ph.D.; Jun Ming Wang, Ph.D.; Kenji Wantanabe, Ph.D.; Liquin Zhao, Ph.D.
Professors of Pharmacy: Gilbert J. Burckart, Ph.D.; Ian Hutchinson, Ph.D.; Glen L. Stimmel, Pharm.D. (Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences); R. Pete Vanderveen, Ph.D.; Bradley R. Williams, Pharm.D. (Clinical Gerontology)
Associate Professors of Pharmacy: Melvin F. Baron, M.P.A., Pharm.D.; Paul M. Beringer, Pharm.D.; Kathleen H. Besinque, Pharm.D., M.S.Ed.; Alfred Chin, Pharm.D.; Julie A. Dopheide, Pharm.D. (Clinical Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences); Kevin L. Forrester, Pharm.D.; William C. Gong, Pharm.D.; Mary A. Gutierrez, Pharm.D.; Kathleen A. Johnson, Pharm.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. (Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy); Mervyn K. Kalman, M.B.A.; Jack W. Kern, Pharm.D.; Cynthia L.L. Lieu, Pharm.D.; Stanley G. Louie, Pharm.D. (Family Medicine); Gladys H. Mitani, Pharm.D.; Irving Steinberg, Pharm.D. (Clinical Pediatrics); Gregory A. Thompson, Pharm.D.; Fred G. Weissman, Pharm.D., J.D.; Michael Z. Wincor, Pharm.D. (Clinical Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences); Annie Wong-Beringer, Pharm.D.; Frances S. Wong, Pharm.D.
Assistant Professors of Pharmacy: Betty Chan, Pharm.D.; Steven Chen, Pharm.D.; Marc Cosep, Pharm.D.; Jennifer H. Cupo, Pharm.D.; Jeffery Goad, Pharm.D.; Emily Han, Pharm.D.; Kevin Kaneko, Pharm.D.; Armin Kasravi, Pharm.D.; Jiwon Kim, Pharm.D.; Kum Ja K. Lee, Pharm.D.; May C. Mak, Pharm.D.; Tien Ng, Pharm.D.; Thuy N. Nguyen, Pharm.D.; Susie Park, Pharm.D.; Paula Phongsamron, Pharm.D.; Florence H. Wong-Yu, Pharm.D.
Distinguished Emeritus Professors: John A. Biles, Ph.D.; Paul Hochstein, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professors: Glenn H. Hamor, Ph.D.; Eric J. Lien, Ph.D.
ProgramsThe School of Pharmacy offers curricula leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Through the Graduate School, graduate degrees offered are: Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in pharmaceutical sciences, Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in molecular pharmacology and toxicology, Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in pharmaceutical economics and policy, Master of Science (M.S.) in Regulatory Science. Five dual degree programs, one joint program and one certificate program are also offered: Pharm.D./J.D., Pharm.D./M.B.A., Pharm.D./M.P.H., Pharm.D./M.S., Regulatory Science, Pharm.D./M.S., Gerontology, Pharm.D./Ph.D., and Pharm.D./Graduate Certificate in Gerontology.
The University of Southern California's Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Science programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, IL 60602, Phone: (312) 664-3575, FAX (312) 664-4652.
Tuition and Fees (Estimated)Tuition for School of Pharmacy degree programs (Pharm.D.; M.S. and Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences; M.S. and Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology and toxicology; M.S. and Ph.D. in pharmaceutical economics and policy) is charged at the following rate (which differs from standard USC tuition): per semester (15-18 units) $18,086; for less than 15 units and each unit above 18 units, $1,206 per unit. See the Tuition and Fees section for fee information. These fees are based upon current information available at the time of publication and are subject to possible later change.
Doctor of Pharmacy students must pay a $500 non-refundable acceptance deposit that is applicable toward tuition. For deposit information in other degree programs in the School of Pharmacy, please consult appropriate offices.
Rho ChiTheta chapter of Rho Chi, national honorary pharmaceutical society, was established at USC in 1925. Charters for chapters of this organization are granted only to student groups in those colleges that are members in good standing of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Eligibility for membership is based on high attainment in scholarship, character, personality and leadership. All candidates selected for membership must have completed two years of college work, and they must be approved by the Dean of the School of Pharmacy.
Phi Lambda SigmaThe Phi Lambda Sigma chapter was established at USC in 1988. This national pharmacy leadership society is devoted to identifying, supporting and recognizing the contribution of pharmacy students to their colleges, their classmates, their campuses, their communities and to their chosen profession.
Student Housing and Service Facility, Health Sciences CampusThere are limited university-managed accommodations on the Health Sciences campus. Students may wish to live in student housing on the University Park campus, located about eight miles from the Health Sciences campus.
The Blanche and Frank R. Seaver Student Residence, adjacent to the John Stauffer Pharmaceutical Sciences Center, provides dining facilities and a book store. For residence information, phone (323) 442-1576; for bookstore information call (323) 442-2674.