Public Policy Practicum

The Public Policy Practicum is USC’s Master of Public Policy caption in which students apply skills and knowledge gained in the program to a real-world policy problem. The primary objective of the Practicum is to give students practical consulting experience in policy analysis. The Practicum is conducted over two semesters to allow for an iterative process of research, analysis, and presentation.

The City Heights Public Practicum aims to evaluate the impact of Price Charities’s efforts in City Heights by assessing the state of its commercial real estate market over time to determine if the organization’s investments have led to substantive changes in the neighborhood’s property values. The City Heights neighborhood in San Diego is one of the most densely populated areas in San Diego with a particularly young population. It faces challenges with high rates of crime, obesity, asthma, and other issues. Price Charities has worked with and within City Heights for many years to improve the neighborhood’s quality of life.

Reports and Findings:



A Baseline Assessment of Community Representation and Health Indicators of the Copley-Price Family YMCA



Assessing the Impact of Affordable Rental Housing on Neighboring Apartment Buildings



Creating New Park Space in City Heights



Please contact Gary Painter at for more information regarding USC’s Public Policy Practicum.