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USC School of Pharmacy

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Pharm.D. students work collaboratively on research projects, using the schoolís extensive computing facilities.

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


R. Pete Vanderveen, Ph.D., 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, Curricular Development

Michael Z. Wincor, Pharm.D., Associate Dean, External Programs

Melvin F. Baron, Pharm.D., Assistant Dean, Programmatic Advancement


University Professor and Boyd P. and Elsie D. Welin Professorship in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Jean Chen Shih, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor: Walter W. Wolf, Ph.D.

John Stauffer Deanís Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences: R. Pete Vanderveen, Ph.D.

Hygeia Centennial Chair in Clinical Pharmacy: Gilbert J. Burckart, Pharm.D.

Timothy M. Chan Professorship in Complementary Therapeutics: Rajindar S. Sohal, Ph.D.

Gavin S. Herbert Professorship in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Sarah Hamm-Alvarez, Ph.D.

Charles Krown/Pharmacy Alumni Professorship in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Enrique Cadenas, M.D., Ph.D.

QSAD Centurion Professorship in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Michael B. Nichol, Ph.D.

Professors: Ronald L. Alkana, Pharm.D., Ph.D.; David K. Ann, Ph.D.; Roberta D. Brinton, Ph.D.; Enrique Cadenas, M.D., Ph.D.; Timothy M. Chan, Ph.D.; Sarah 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 Professor: Kevin J.Y.H. Shin Chen, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professors: Daryl L. Davies, Ph.D.; Julianna Hwang, Pharm.D.; Robin Mockett, Ph.D.; Jon Nilsen, Ph.D.; Xiao-Ming Ou, Ph.D.; Igor Rebrin, Ph.D.

Professors of Pharmacy: Gilbert Burckart, Pharm.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.; Maria I. Rudis, 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.


The 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 Californiaís 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) $17,111; for less than 15 units and each unit above 18 units, $1,141 per unit. See the Tuition and Fees 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.

Honor Societies

Rho Chi
Theta 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 Sigma
The 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 Campus

There 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 bookstore. For residence information, phone (323) 442-1576; for bookstore information call (323) 442-2674.

Student Health Services, Health Sciences Campus

Services of the Student Health Center, covered by the mandatory student health fee, include the usual ambulatory care health services given by the faculty of the USC Department of Family Medicine and the Student Health Center nursing staff. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding USC holidays. The Student Health Center is located in the USC Health Care Consultation Center, 1500 San Pablo Street, Suite 104, adjacent to the USC University Hospital, one block northeast of the School of Pharmacy. The telephone number is (323) 442-5980. In addition to the student health fee, all Pharm.D. students must have major medical insurance coverage from the USC Health Plan. A student may request a waiver of the USC Health Plan if covered by a personal medical plan acceptable to the Health Insurance Office.