Fellowship in Health Care Policy Available Through a Partnership of the National Pharmaceutical Council and the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California

Contact: Andrea Hofelich, ahofelich@npcnow.org, 202-827-2078
              Stephanie Hedt, hedt@healthpolicy.usc.edu, 213-821-4555

(WASHINGTON, DC, December 14, 2015)–The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), in conjunction with the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California, is now accepting applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Health Care Policy.

“Consumers want access to high-quality care and treatments that work. In the US policy environment, however, there is an ongoing debate about what evidence is needed to inform payer and provider decision-making, how the value of treatments and services will be assessed, what level of access to treatments is needed, and how to ensure continued health care innovation,” said NPC Chief Science Officer Robert Dubois, MD, PhD. “It’s an exciting and challenging time in health care, and this opportunity will place a post-doctoral fellow at the heart of the debate.”

This fellowship opportunity is unique as it seeks to bridge the gap between health care research and policy analysis in the United States. The Washington, DC-based research fellow will have access to respected researchers and mentors from both USC and the biopharmaceutical industry, as well as gain hands-on health policy research experience and have opportunities to engage with diverse stakeholders.

The NPC/USC Schaeffer Center Fellowship is open to post-doctoral researchers with a desire to understand and study US health care policy. Candidates should be US citizens or permanent residents, and be within five years of having completed their doctoral degrees. The fellow will be an employee of NPC and will have an office in Washington, DC.

“The Schaeffer Center is pleased to be a part of this unique collaboration with the National Pharmaceutical Council. The opportunity to be mentored by thought leaders in the healthcare sector and health economics and policy experts will be an exceptionally valuable training experience for a young researcher navigating the transition to independent health policy scholar,” said Julie Zissimopoulos, Associate Director and Director of Educational Programs at the Schaeffer Center.   

Applications are being accepted now through February 1, 2016. The fellowship will run from July 2016 – June 2018.

For more information about the fellowship and to apply, visit www.npcnow.org/fellowship

About the National Pharmaceutical Council:
The National Pharmaceutical Council is a health policy research organization dedicated to the advancement of good evidence and science, and to fostering an environment in the United States that supports medical innovation. Founded in 1953 and supported by the nation’s major research-based pharmaceutical companies, NPC focuses on research development, information dissemination, and education on the critical issues of evidence, innovation and the value of medicines for patients. For more information, visit www.npcnow.org and follow NPC on Twitter @npcnow.

About the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California:
The mission of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics is to measurably improve value in health through evidence based policy solutions, research excellence, transformative education, and private and public sector engagement. With its extraordinary breadth and depth of expertise, the Schaeffer Center will have a vital impact on the transformation of health care.

The Schaeffer Center is the result of a unique collaboration between the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and School of Pharmacy. The Center brings together health policy experts from the Price School, a seasoned pharmacoeconomics team from the School of Pharmacy, and other affiliated faculty and scholars from across USC and other distinguished universities. Dana Goldman, the Leonard D. Schaeffer Director's Chair at the University of Southern California, leads the Center. The Schaeffer Center was established in 2009 at USC with a generous gift from Leonard and Pamela Schaeffer.

For more information, visit healthpolicy.usc.edu and follow the Center Twitter @SchaefferCenter.