Undergraduate Programs

Educating and preparing students to address critical questions and issues concerning the field of health.

The Keck School of Medicine also offers unique learning opportunities for undergraduate students, including two undergraduate degrees, two summer research programs, and pre-health minors.

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About Other Programs

The Keck School of Medicine also offers unique learning opportunities for undergraduate students, including two undergraduate degrees, two summer research programs, and pre-health minors.

The Department of Preventive Medicine offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention and a Bachelor of Science in Global Health, focused on inspiring students to serve the whole person and society and focused on the factors influencing the health of populations worldwide, respectively.

The Dean’s Trojan Family Summer Scholars gives members of the Trojan family (USC undergraduates or family members of USC faculty or staff) who have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies exposure to cutting edge basic science, translational and clinical research in an eight week summer program.

The Bridging the Gaps Summer Research Program provides outstanding minority students with a bench-to-bedside experience immersed in scientific investigation for eight weeks.

The Keck School of Medicine also offers six pre-health minors which allow students to explore specific interests within health promotion and disease prevention.

Dean’s List

Congratulations to all students who were named to the Keck School of Medicine of USC undergraduate Dean’s List in the Spring, 2015. The Keck School of Medicine of USC recognizes undergraduate students who have achieved a GPA of 3.5 on 12 units or more of letter-graded course work during the previous semester by including their names on the Dean’s List.

Students can pick up their Dean’s List certificate at the Health Promotion and Global Health office, Stonier Hall, Suite 101 (UPC).

Undergraduate Program

The Department of Preventive Medicine offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention and a Bachelor of Science in Global Health.

The Health Promotion program’s mission is focused on inspiring students to serve the whole person and society by educating them about the socio-cultural, behavioral, psychological and biological factors that contribute to wellness and disease.

The Global Health Program aims to provide a well-rounded education focused on the factors influencing the health of populations worldwide.

Read more about our undergraduate degrees

Summer Scholars

The Dean’s Trojan Family Summer Scholars gives members of the Trojan family (USC undergraduates or family members of USC faculty or staff) who have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies exposure to cutting edge basic science, translational and clinical research in an eight week summer program.

Scholars will conduct cutting edge research in the laboratories of Keck School faculty. The program will offer structured curriculum in physiology, biostatistics and epigenetics, to increase the ability of students to compete successfully for admission to the Keck School of Medicine. Students will have the opportunity to shadow at one of our affiliated hospitals, such as Keck Hospital of USC, LAC+USC Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. They will also attend workshops, including financial aid and understanding the admissions process, and be paired with current Keck School students who will serve as peer mentors.

Scholars will receive a stipend and be provided with university housing. The summer session will culminate with scholars presenting their research findings to the Keck School community at large.

Selection will be based on the student’s demonstrated academic achievements, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, leadership qualities, required essay and completed application. For more information, contact Olga Rios.

The application deadline is typically in May.

Research Program

The Bridging the Gaps Summer Research Program provides outstanding minority students with a bench-to-bedside experience immersed in scientific investigation for eight weeks.

The program’s aim is to address the underrepresentation of minority students within medicine and the biological sciences. The ultimate goal is that the majority of these students will want to pursue their medical or graduate studies in the biological sciences at Keck.

Students will conduct summer research for eight weeks from June 15 through August 7, 2015 in the laboratories of Keck faculty who will serve as mentors. Students will be provided with both a clinical and basic science perspective. Additionally, all students will attend weekly seminars on health disparities and receive formal instruction in basic physiology and biostatistics. At the end of the summer session, students will present their research findings to the Keck community. All participants will receive a stipend, round trip transportation from home and university housing.

In order to be eligible for the program, the candidate must be an underrepresented minority, as designated by the NIH, who has completed the first two years of undergraduate studies at the time of matriculation at a four-year accredited institution.

Selection will be based on the student’s demonstrated academic achievements, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, leadership qualities, required essay and completed application.

Students will attend workshops on financial aid, understanding the admission process to medical and/or graduate school, test-taking skills, organizational skills, time management and career choices.

Summer students will be paired with medical and graduate students who will serve as peer mentors. Student mentors will help organize weekend and evening social outings, including community service outreach. Students will be offered limited shadowing opportunities.
For the summer session, highly competitive research positions will be available in the following disciplines: Metabolic Diseases (Diabetes and Obesity), Oncology, Cardiovascular, Neuroscience, Immunology, Virology (AIDS), Hematology and Stem Cell Research.

The application deadline is typically in February.

Minor in Health Care Studies

In a landmark new partnership, the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Keck School of Medicine of USC are excited to offer a new minor in Health Care Studies.  The new minor brings together top faculty from the Health Sciences and University Park campuses and offers an experience that is unmatched and unavailable at other universities across the nation.

Through an innovative array of new course offerings students in the new minor will receive instruction from prominent leaders across a variety of fields of medical science and clinical practice.  They will also gain access to biomedical researchers, health care administrators and other faculty from across the University whose expertise will help shape the next generation of health care professionals.  For those interested in global health, the new program will also offer another venue for exposure to USC’s many international health experts and programs.

Learn More About a Minor in Health Care Studies