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Research Professors (Open Rank) in Health Policy



Research Professors (Open Rank) in Health Policy

Department of Health Policy and Management

Sol Price School of Public Policy

 The Sol Price School of Public Policy is seeking applicants for the position of research professor to advance its mission in conjunction with the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics. We are seeking candidates for multiple positions and at all ranks (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor).

 Position Description

The Price School seeks researchers with broad interests in health policy to help advance the mission of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics; namely to measurably improve value in health through evidence-based policy solutions, research and educational excellence, and private and public sector engagement.  Funding for this position will come primarily from contracts, grants, and gifts.  The candidate will have an appointment as a Research Professor within the Sol Price School of Public Policy.


Prospective candidates should have a demonstrated capacity to conduct high-quality research of exceptional policy salience in line with the mission of the Center. Areas of interest to the Center include promoting value in health care spending; understanding how public policy affects medical innovation; improving insurance design; encouraging cost-effective care; and identifying the broader macroeconomic consequences of health care trends.  The successful candidate can contribute either through exceptional quantitative skills or an ability to conduct policy research and translate the findings for both academic and policy audiences.  Expertise in policy evaluation or simulation is preferred.  A PhD in a relevant discipline—including, but not limited to, public policy, economics, health policy, or operations research—is required.

About the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics: The Schaeffer Center was established in 2009 to serve as an intellectual hub for health policy research at USC.  The result of a unique partnership between the School of Pharmacy and the Sol Price School of Public Policy, the Schaeffer Center takes an interdisciplinary approach to advance health policy and health economics. The Center supports 54 faculty affiliated with 9 schools at USC. Additionally, 41 staff provide support for research, administrative, and external affairs activities.  An innovative data core provides sophisticated data and analytic support – including research programmers, a statistician, system administrator, and a data scientist—and maintains data from more than 60 sources—including Medicare and Medicaid administrative data, private insurance claims, survey data, and electronic health record network data feeds with dozens of terabytes describing millions of individuals. Two analytic computing clusters accommodate complex data analyses in a HIPAA-compliant environment with security event monitoring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Data Core also develops adaptable policy tools, including models as part of an NIA-sponsored Roybal Center for Health Policy Simulation. An external affairs team supports a sophisticated dissemination strategy to ensure Schaeffer Center research informs health policy. In addition to assisting in the publication of policy-relevant, peer-reviewed journals, the team produces e-newsletters, issue briefs, opinion pieces, and creative data visualizations and graphics. Through an established partnership with the Brookings Institution, the Center regularly convenes health policy conferences and publishes policy briefs on salient policy issues.  Robust outreach in social and traditional media help support the Center’s mission and establish faculty as thought leaders.   Finally, the Schaeffer Center supports interdisciplinary training opportunities for students and scholars at all levels—ranging from high school all the way to junior faculty. For additional information, see our website:

About the Sol Price School of Public Policy: The mission of the Sol Price School of Public Policy is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. We achieve this mission through education and research that promote innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing society, with a particular focus on governance, urban development, and social policy. The Price School offers Ph.D. programs in Public Policy and Management and Urban Planning; masters’ degrees in Public Administration, Public Policy, Urban Planning, Health Administration, and Real Estate Development; executive masters’ degrees; and an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree. USC is one of the nation’s premiere research universities, and the Price School is a major contributor to the university’s reputation. The school supports an array of thematic research centers with $41 million in active sponsored research, ranking third overall in funded research at USC on a per faculty basis. Much of the school’s research is conducted through its centers, institutes, and research groups. Among them are the Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise, Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, Price Center for Social Innovation, Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, Center for Economic Development, Center for Sustainable Cities, National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research, Lusk Center for Real Estate, Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, and the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), the country’s first Homeland Security Center of Excellence. For additional information, see our website:

About the Department of Health Policy and Management:  The Sol Price School’s Department of Health Policy and Management has principal responsibility for two degree programs:  a traditional Master in Health Administration (MHA), and a blended, online Executive Master in Health Administration (EMHA) each with a total enrollment of approximately 150 students.  The Department currently has 10 full-time tenured and tenure track faculty, three teaching faculty, and more than 30 adjunct faculty.  US News & World Report recently ranked USC 3rd in the United States in health policy and management.

Compensation and Benefits: The University of Southern California offers a competitive salary within an academic environment based on the candidate’s experience and accomplishments. The university also offers excellent benefits to employees, which include: health, dental and life insurance; tuition assistance; disability and retirement plans; credit union membership; and participation in cultural and social events, as well as access to athletic and recreational facilities.

Position is 100% FTE on a 2-year (renewable) fixed term.

An Equal Opportunity Employer:
USC is an equal-opportunity educators and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The University particularly encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC  will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in undue hardship.

To Apply for This Position: Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and list of three references. Please apply online at

 Consideration of applications and nominations will continue until the position is filled.