USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development
The mission of the School of Policy, Planning, and Development (SPPD) is to educate leaders and produce knowledge that improves public problem-solving on the most critical issues facing society. Its ultimate goal is to contribute in a practical way to the betterment of communities here and abroad.
SPPD represents a unique combination of the public affairs disciplines of public policy and public management with the fields of urban planning, real estate development, and health policy and management. Through research, education and active engagement with policymakers and practitioners, SPPD prepares leaders and communities to meet the unique challenges of today's increasingly global, interconnected world. The school believes that it is at the intersection of the public, private and nonprofit sectors that practical solutions to current and future problems are to be found.
SPPD alumni include mayors and city council members; city managers and planners; leaders in nonprofit organizations; industrial real estate developers and home builders; policy analysts at the federal, state and local levels; healthcare managers who run some of our nation's most complex healthcare organizations; and a wide range of positions in the federal government. The school's international alumni are equally accomplished, with many of them serving as high-ranking officials in their home countries, particularly in the Pacific Rim. Finally, graduates of SPPD's doctoral programs become faculty members at first-rate universities here and abroad.
The school's programs allow students to delve into a wide range of traditional and emerging fields of knowledge, develop first-rate professional skills, engage their personal values and ethical choices, and recognize the core principles from several scholarly disciplines and how they are best applied in professional and scholarly pursuits.
AdministrationJack H. Knott, Ph.D., Dean
Elizabeth Graddy, Ph.D.*, Senior Associate Dean, Faculty and Academic Affairs
Genevieve Giuliano, Ph.D.*, Senior Associate Dean, Research and Technology
Regina T. Nordahl, J.D., M.B.A., SPHR, Associate Dean, Administration
Carol A. Rush, M.P.A., Associate Dean, Student Affairs
Richard F. Callahan, D.P.A., Associate Dean for State Capital and Leadership Programs, USC State Capital Center
FacultyC. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean's Chair: Jack H. Knott, Ph.D.
University Professor: Kevin Starr, Ph.D. (History)
Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society: Manuel Castells, Ph.D. (Communication)
Judith & John Bedrosian Chair in Governance & Public Enterprise: Dan Mazmanian, Ph.D.
Blue Cross of California Chair in Health Care Finance: Glenn A. Melnick, Ph.D.
James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning: Tridib Banerjee, Ph.D., AICP*
James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning: Harry W. Richardson, M.A. (Economics)
Emery Evans Olson Chair in Nonprofit Entrepreneurship & Public Policy: James M. Ferris, Ph.D.
Maria B. Crutcher Professor of Citizenship and Democratic Values: Terry L. Cooper, Ph.D.
Frances R. and John J. Duggan Distinguished Professor of Public Administration: Chester A. Newland, Ph.D.*
Professors: Gerald Caiden, Ph.D.*; Ann Crigler, Ph.D. (Political Science); Peter Gordon, Ph.D. (Economics); Howard Greenwald, Ph.D.; Genevieve Giuliano, Ph.D.*; Elizabeth Graddy, Ph.D.*; Eric Heikkila, Ph.D.; Alan Kreditor, M.C.P., AICP; Martin Krieger, Ph.D.; David Lopez-Lee, Ph.D.; Jacquelyn McCroskey, Ph.D. (Social Work); James Moore II, Ph.D. (Engineering); Dowell Myers, Ph.D.; Robert C. Myrtle, D.P.A.*; Harry Pachon, Ph.D.; Jane Pisano, Ph.D.; Jon Pynoos, Ph.D. (Gerontology); David Sloane, Ph.D.; Richard A. Sundeen, Ph.D.*; Shui Yan Tang, Ph.D.*; Detlof von Winterfeldt, Ph.D. (Engineering); Priscilla Wohlstetter, Ph.D. (Education); Jennifer Wolch, Ph.D. (Geography)
Associate Professors: Raphael Bostic, Ph.D.; Catherine G. Burke, Ph.D.; Yongheng Deng, Ph.D. (Business); Greg Hise, Ph.D.; Juliet Musso, Ph.D.*; Michael Nichol, Ph.D. (Pharmacy); Gary Painter, Ph.D.; Peter Robertson Ph.D.*; Jeffrey Sellers, Ph.D., (Political Science); Kathleen Wilber, Ph.D. (Gerontology)
Assistant Professors: Elizabeth Currid, Ph.D.; Clara Irazabal, Ph.D.; Michael Moody, Ph.D.; Christian Redfearn, Ph.D.; Lisa Schweitzer, Ph.D; David Suarez, Ph.D.; Vivian Wu, Ph.D.
Distinguished Practitioner: Keith Comrie, M.S.P.A.
Senior Fellows: David Chernof, M.D. (Physician in Residence); Peter Ratican, B.S. (Executive in Residence); Stan Ross, Honorary J.D. (Executive in Residence)
Senior Scholars: William B. Fulton, Ph.D.; Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Ph.D.
Research Professors: Don Kleinmuntz, Ph.D.; Adam Rose, Ph.D.; Christopher Weare, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor: Julie Park, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professors: Jonathan Brown, D.P.A.; Garrett Capune, Ph.D.; Charles Cicchetti, Ph.D.; Michael R. Cousineau, Dr.PH.; Hugh Evans, Ph.D.; Stanley Iezman, J.D.; Michael Keston, M.B.A.; Dora Kingsley, D.P.A.; Kenneth Kizer, M.D.; Allan Kotin, M.A.; Ehud Mouchly, M.A.; Ira Norris; James J. Smith, M.R.E.D.; Frank Wein, D.P.D.S., AICP; David Wilcox, M.C.P.
Adjunct Associate Professors: Pauline Arneberge, Ph.D.; Austin Anderson, M.B.A.; Robert Champion, M.R.E.D.; Ali Farahani, Ph.D.; Thomas Higgins, Ph.D.; Bryan Jackson, J.D.; Patrick Kapsner, M.P.A., FACMPE; Catherine Kay, J.D.; Steven Kellenberg; Thomas Lando, D.P.A.; Mark Pisano, J.D.; Shahab Rabbani, D.P.D.S.; Maurice Rahimi, Ph.D.; John Redfern, M.P.P.; Robert Smythe, B.S.; Deborah Torres, M.Arch.
Adjunct Assistant Professors: Lori Howard, Ph.D.; Robert Ingenito, M.A., Tomson Ong, Ph.D., J.D.; Francis Pereira, Ph.D.; Johannes Van Tilburg, FAIA
Clinical Professors: Patrick G. Hays, M.H.A.; Leonard Mitchell, M.A., M.B.A., J.D.; Bruce Noda, M.A.; John Steinhaus, L.L.D.
Clinical Associate Professors: Jeffrey Green, M.H.A.; LaVonna B. Lewis, Ph.D.; Arthur S. Shorr, M.B.A.
Clinical Assistant Professors: Michael Carter, M.P.H.; Jeffrey Schaffer, M.P.A.; Chris Van Gorder, M.P.A.
Emeritus Professors: William C. Baer, Ph.D., AICP; Robert Biller, Ph.D.; Edward Blakely, Ph.D.; Melville C. Branch, Ph.D.; Robert M. Carter, D.Crim.; T. Ross Clayton, Ph.D.; Houston Flournoy, Ph.D.; Lois Friss, Dr.P.H.; John Gerletti, Ed.D.; David Mars, Ph.D.; Alexander McEachern, M.A.; E.K. Nelson, D.P.A.; William Petak,, D.P.A.; Francine Rabvinovtiz, Ph.D., AICP; Warren Schmidt, Ph.D.; Gilbert Siegel, Ph.D.; Robert Stallings, Ph.D.; William B. Storm, Ph.D.; Robert E. Tranquada, M.D.; Joseph S. Wholey, Ph.D.; William J. Williams, D.P.A.; Lowdon Wingo, Jr., M.A., M.P.A.
Emeritus Associate Professor: Wesley E. Bjur, Ph.D.
Degrees OfferedThe School of Policy, Planning, and Development offers the following degrees:
- Bachelor of Science in Public Policy, Management and Planning
- Master of Health Administration
- Executive Master of Health Administration
- Executive Master of Leadership
- Master of Public Policy and Management
- Master of Planning
- Master of Planning and Development Studies
- Master of Public Administration
- Master of Public Policy
- Master of Real Estate Development
- Master of Construction Management (with Architecture, Business and Engineering)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Policy, Planning, and Development
- Doctor of Planning and Development Studies
The Bachelor of Science and the school's master's degrees are also offered jointly as a progressive five-year program and the school participates in the following interdisciplinary minors:
- Children and Families in Urban America
- Construction Planning and Management
- Environmental Planning and Development
- Health Policy and Management
- International Policy and Management
- International Urban Development
- Law and Public Policy
- Nonprofits, Philanthropy and Volunteerism
- Public Management
- Public Policy
- Planning and Development
- Real Estate Development
- Urban Neighborhood Studies
- Urban Policy and Planning
The Master of Planning is offered as a dual master's degree with programs in architecture, landscape architecture, business administration, economics, gerontology, international relations, public administration, public art studies, public policy, real estate development and social work.
The Master of Public Administration is offered as a dual master's degree with programs in planning, gerontology, international relations, Jewish communal service, law and social work.
The Master of Real Estate Development is offered as a dual degree with the Master of Business Administration, Juris Doctor and Master of Planning.
The Master of Health Administration is offered as a dual degree with the Master of Science in Gerontology.
The Master of Public Policy is offered as a dual degree with programs in law and planning.
National Honor Societies
Pi Alpha AlphaPi Alpha Alpha is the national honor society for public affairs and administration. Graduate students in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development who have completed at least 18 semester units and have earned a 3.7 grade point average are eligible for membership.