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USC DC Health Policy Forum – By Vivek Patel, MHA ’16

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At the beginning of February, I had the fortunate opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to learn more about health policy for the upcoming year. First of its kind, the USC DC Health Policy Forum was initiated to expand students’ knowledge of health policy making (or lack thereof, given the current political environment) and to appreciate the intricacies—trade groups, academics, congressional committees, executive branch, etc—of passing health reform. While the forum was primarily targeted to EMHAs and alumni, being the one of two current MHA students did not hold me back.

The day and a half seminar was filled with diverse, experienced speakers. Some of the institutions represented were the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Academy of Medicine, Federation of American Hospitals, and the American Medical Association, among others….

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Alternative Winter Break- India – by Fiahna Cabana, MPA ‘17

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In between balancing two-part time jobs, getting involved in student organizations, and of course, football season—my first semester of grad school was more than I had bargained for. But nonetheless, the best decision I’ve made at this point in my career.

Prior coming into grad school I was concerned with not only how will I get involved at the Price School, but how can I also participate in the greater USC community. This led me to an opportunity through the Alternative Break (AB) program at the Center for Service Programs (under Campus Activities). This is a unique opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to engage in service learning and volunteerism in communities outside of the Los Angeles area…..

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Summer Internship in San Mateo – by Corey Chang, MPL ’15

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As an MPL who’s interested in economic development both as an academic study and real-world application, this past summer was an ideal situation to synthesize my coursework into an internship opportunity. This past summer I interned at the City of San Mateo’s Economic Development Department… Continue reading

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Featured Alum: John Roberson III, MPP ’12

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Excelsior is a Latin word that means “ever upward.” Since my completion of the Master of Public Policy program at the Price School, this term has become a recurring and almost central theme in my life. From the valuable relationships and bonds forged, to the rich externship and internship experiences; Price continues to elevate my thinking and challenges me personally to create innovative solutions to complex societal issues. Continue reading

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Participating in the Local Government Case Challenge

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Over a month ago, GPAC and ICMA started sending out emails about the Local Government Case Challenge within the Price School. The case challenge is an opportunity for students from Public Administration, Public Policy and Urban Planning to work together to solve a real world problem facing a local city. Each participant is randomly placed on a small team and each team has two and half days to analyze the material and come up with a solution to present to local city officials who then decide on the winning plan. Continue reading

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Sol Price and Marshall Students Visit Spain

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I was very fortunate to be apart of an amazing group of USC real estate entrepreneurs to travel half way around the world. Stopping in Barcelona, Bilbao, Biarritz, and San Sebastian we got a feel for the current economic status and dynamics of the European Union. Continue reading

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USC Schwarzenegger Institute Inaugural Symposium

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As a student ambassador, I had the pleasure to attend the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy Inaugural Symposium (and to escort the political figures that attended the event around campus). No matter your political affiliation, it was amazing to see Senator McCain take photos with the ROTC or to have a conversation with Katherine Whelan or Governor Tom Ridge. Continue reading

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Student Orgs and APIC

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As one of those students who is also working full-time (you can tell by the slightly crazed look in our eyes), I haven’t been able to take advantage of as many outside-the-classroom opportunities as I would like, which other students give such wonderful snapshots of on this blog: domestic and international internships, alternative spring breaks, research, and an overwhelming amount of intellectually and creatively stimulating lectures and events. There is one thing that I have managed to squeeze in, though, and I am so grateful that I have: student organizations.
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SPPD: The Applied Curriculum

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I can’t believe my first semester at USC is coming to an end! This is the time to study for finals, submit term papers, and finish up group projects before heading home for the holidays. My most interesting—and challenging—group project … Continue reading

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