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Richard H. Dang, PharmD, APh, BCACP, FCPhA - USC School of Pharmacy. Los Angeles, CA, US

Richard H. Dang, PharmD, APh, BCACP, FCPhA Richard H. Dang, PharmD, APh, BCACP, FCPhA

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Residency Program Director | President, California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) | USC School of Pharmacy


Advanced Practice & Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist with expertise in community pharmacy, immunizations, travel health, & COVID19





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Richard Dang, PharmD, APh, BCACP, FCPhA is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Program Director of the PGY1 and PGY2 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy, and is President of the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA).

Dr. Dang's expertise in immunizations, travel health, and community health programs has led to his role as a leading advocate during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is Chair of the California Pharmacists Association COVID-19 Taskforce and is a member of the USC COVID-19 vaccine planning steering committee, California State Testing Taskforce, CDPH Immunization Branch Pharmacy Taskforce, and Adult Workgroup of the Immunization Action Coalition of Los Angeles (ICLAC). Dr. Dang is also a medical consultant to international travel health and COVID-19 testing and vaccination companies.

In addition to being California's first advanced practice pharmacist, Dr. Dang is a residency trained, board certified ambulatory care pharmacist. He completed a postgraduate residency program in community pharmacy practice at the USC School of Pharmacy, where he also received a teaching certificate and his Doctor of Pharmacy, Biological Sciences, and Health Communication degrees. His residency training included providing clinical pharmacy services in community pharmacy and ambulatory care pharmacy-based clinics. He also completed internships at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, CVS/pharmacy, and Kaiser Permanente.

Dr. Dang's practice sites include the USC International Travel Health Clinic and the collaborative practice clinics with the Community Pharmacy Patient Care Program at the USC Pharmacies and Keck Medical Center of USC. His practice interests include: medication therapy management (MTM), comprehensive medication management (CMM), community-based pharmacy practice, advanced pharmacy practice, international travel health, immunizations, community health, and disease screening, management, and prevention.

Dr. Dang coordinates courses in introductory and advanced community pharmacy practice, self-care/non-prescription therapies, and travel medicine. He is a national trainer for the NACDS Community Pharmacy-Based Point-of-Care Testing Certificate program, APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate program, and the CPhA Advanced Pharmacy Pharmacist Certificate program.

Areas of Expertise (8)

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Medication Therapy Management

Immunizations and Vaccines

International Travel Health

Health Screenings and Community Health Programs

Community Pharmacy

Comprehensive Medication Management

Advanced Pharmacy Practice

Accomplishments (9)

Outstanding HealthCare Innovator, Los Angeles Business Journal (professional)


Fellow, California Pharmacists Association (professional)


Pharmacist of the Year, San Gabriel Valley Pharmacists Association (professional)


New Practitioner of the Year, California Pharmacists Association (professional)


Kathleen Johnson Emerging New Practitioner Award, Phi Lambda Sigma, Pharmacy Leadership Society, Phi Chapter (professional)


Distinguished Alumnus, Phi Delta Chi, Omicron Chapter (professional)


Alumnus of the Year, Phi Delta Chi, Alumni Association of Southern California (professional)


Richard Seibert Community Pharmacy Award, Phi Delta Chi, Omicron Chapter (professional)


CVS Caremark Award (for excellence in retail pharmacy), USC School of Pharmacy (professional)


Education (3)

USC School of Pharmacy: Residency, Community-Based Pharmacy 2014

USC School of Pharmacy: Pharm.D., Doctor of Pharmacy 2013

University of Southern California: B.A., Biological Sciences & Minor in Health Communication 2009

Affiliations (6)

  • Member, American Pharmacists Association, 2009 - Present
  • Member, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2009 - Present
  • Member, California Pharmacists Association, 2009 - Present
  • Member, California Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2009 - Present
  • Member, Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity, 2009 - Present
  • Member, San Gabriel Valley Pharmacists Association, 2009 - Present

Selected Media Appearances (9)

2021 Outstanding HealthCare Innovator Honoree: Richard Dang

Los Angeles Business Journal  online


2021 Outstanding HealthCare Innovator Honoree: Richard Dang

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One Million Vaccine Doses Administered at City Sites

USC School of Pharmacy  online


The City’s vaccination program administered its one millionth dose on Thursday, April 15, reaching a major milestone in its efforts to vaccinate Angelenos and bring the pandemic to an end.

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Mayor Garcetti and USC to help Angelenos get free flu shots

USC Annenberg Media  online


Mayor Garcetti receives the first flu shot provided by USC School of Pharmacy in an initiative to make flu vaccines accessible to Angelenos.

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Pharmacy School, City Partnership Provides Free Flu Shots to Angelenos

USC School of Pharmacy  online


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti receives a flu shot from Richard Dang, assistant professor at the USC School of Pharmacy, on Sept. 22, 2020.

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City of Los Angeles  online


Mayor Eric Garcetti today launched a pilot program with the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy to provide free flu shots for Angelenos at sites across the city in the weeks ahead. The Mayor announced the effort before receiving his seasonal flu shot at the Weingart East L.A. YMCA in Boyle Heights.

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Richard Dang Appointed Chair of the CPhA COVID-19 Taskforce

California Pharmacists Association  online


When the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) convened its COVID-19 Taskforce, it tapped Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Richard Dang to serve as chair. The taskforce provides recommendations and resources to pharmacy personnel across the state to aid their work as key members of the healthcare team on the frontlines of the pandemic. Here, he talks about the main priorities of the taskforce and how pharmacists are well positioned to help beat this national crisis.

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Faculty and Students Lead the Way at CPhA Western Pharmacy Exchange

USC School of Pharmacy  online


Richard H. Dang, PharmD, APh, BCACP, received the 2018 CPhA Distinguished New Practitioner award.

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Advanced Practice Pharmacists Mark New Era in CA Health Care

California State Board of Pharmacy  online


The first California pharmacist to receive an Advanced Practice Pharmacist (APh) license was Richard Dang, PharmD, an assistant professor of clinical pharmacy at USC School of Pharmacy. He helped develop the Advanced Practice Pharmacist Certificate Training Program with the California Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. “There’s a lot of potential to make a difference and help others see pharmacists in a different light,” Dr. Dang told the USC School of Pharmacy newsletter. “Community based pharmacists are on the front line and readily accessible, so it makes sense to be able to provide this kind of care where patients live, work and play.”

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Dang Becomes California’s First Advanced Practice Pharmacist

USC School of Pharmacy  online


The USC School of Pharmacy and its faculty and alumni continue to offer leadership in expanding the role and recognition of pharmacists as crucial healthcare providers. Richard Dang, PharmD ’13, assistant professor of Clinical Pharmacy, recently became the first pharmacist in California to receive an advanced practice pharmacist license. The State Board of Pharmacy established the licensure, made possible by Senate Bill 493, at the end of 2016.

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Courses (9)

PHRD 511

Pharmacy Practice & Professionalism 1

PHRD 516

Non-prescription Therapies

PHRD 520

Pharmacists' Patient Care Process

PHRD 568/569

Principles & Leadership in Community Health 1/2

PHRD 624

Community Pharmacy Practice

PHRD 650

APPE Gateway

PHRD 796

Doctor of Pharmacy Capstone

PHRD 705

Community Pharmacy APPE

PHRD 750

APPE Elective - Focus in Academia and Advanced Community Pharmacy

Selected Articles (6)

Impact of credentialing and provider privileges on clinical interventions made by advanced practice pharmacists in California


Lu W, Arouchanova D, Dang, Mirzaian E


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Influenza Update

The Rx Consultant

Dang R


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Embracing the Opportunity for Rebranding (Editorial)

Journal of Contemporary Pharmacy Practice

Dang R


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Travel Medicine and Immunization Content in California Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy

California Pharmacist Journal

Dang R, Goad J, Zeind C, Hess K, Law A, Machado M, Luo S


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Immunization Update: A Focus on Medication Indications for Vaccines in Adults

Thx Rx Consultant

Goad J, Dang R, Mekhjian H


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Pharmacists and Pharmacogenomics: An Evaluation of Knowledge, Beliefs, Attitudes and Practices

California Pharmacist Journal

Bethishou L, Chen A, Chew C, Dang R, Greenberg C, Klevens R, Treynker V, Warnock A, Durham M, Goad J, Mirzaian E


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