Department of Preventive Medicine

Division of Health Behavior Research

Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention



Research plays an integral role in the HP curriculum. HP 490 involves students in research early in their academic careers. Students will have the opportunity to work with professors on such research topics as:

  • Methods used to investigate how to reverse the effects of atherosclerosis, the primary cause of heart disease and stroke
  • The spread and control of HIV in high-risk populations
  • The rise of obesity and diabetes in American youth
  • Gene-environment interactions in tobacco, alcohol and drug addiction
  • The correlation between personality characteristics and health maintenance
  • How economic and environmental changes impact health and well-being in populations worldwide.


The HP 480 component enables students to pursue internships for academic credit and/or a stipend. As interns, HP students will apply their classroom education to real-world public health work settings, thereby developing professional skills, gaining experience and contributing to their communities. Many internship experiences also lead to networking opportunities and job offers.


Collegiate Medical Volunteer Program

LAC+USC Medical Center,
Volunteer Services - Room 1K-311
1200 North State Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-409-6945

Martha Ruth Lefever, Director of Volunteer Services
1500 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-442-8792

*All volunteers will have the opportunity to view surgical procedures on Fridays.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Department of Volunteer Services
4650 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: 323-669-2371

Physician Assistant Helper Program

The Physician Assistant Helper Program is available for upper-division students who demonstrate a strong and sincere interest in becoming physician assistants. Students support physician assistants by performing such tasks as gathering supplies for procedures, transporting patients, acting as interpreters, assisting with the casting of limbs and additional duties as requested.

To participate in the Physician Assistant Helper Program, students must have completed two years of college. Volunteers must submit two references and proof of a permanent residence. Volunteers must also commit to completing100 hours of service to the P.A. Helper Volunteer Program.

Contact information:
Margie Dolinski, Director, Patient and Volunteers Services
LAC+USC Medical Center
1200 North State Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-226-6951


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