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Keck School’s undergraduate commencement ceremony highlights 20 years of innovative education

On May 12, 106 new graduates of the Keck School of Medicine of USC celebrated with family, friends and fellow graduates in Town and Gown at USC’s University Park campus. Having earned bachelor’s degrees in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention or Global Health, the graduates were jubilant as Program Director Elahe Nezami, PhD, associate dean

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Graduates from the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Health Promotion and Global Health programs take a class photo after commencement. (Photo/Grad Images)

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Graduates from the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Health Promotion and Global Health programs take a class photo after commencement. (Photo/Grad Images)

Keck School’s undergraduate commencement ceremony highlights 20 years of innovative education

On May 12, 106 new graduates of the Keck School of Medicine of USC celebrated with family, friends and fellow graduates in Town and Gown at USC’s University Park campus. Having earned bachelor’s degrees in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention or Global Health, the graduates were jubilant as Program Director Elahe Nezami, PhD, associate dean

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Sinthu Kumar

Commencement 2017: Sinthu Kumar, Master of Public Health graduate

Passionate about preventive medicine and quality health care, Sinthu Sathia Kumar knew what she wanted from her education: a 360-degree picture of public health. As an undergraduate at University of California, Irvine, she studied public health sciences and learned the biology of disease. To get a better sense of health care she wanted to explore

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Derek Dangerfield will graduate with a PhD in Health Behavior Research on May 13.

Commencement 2017: Derek Dangerfield, PhD in Health Behavior Research

From Malaysia to Baltimore to Los Angeles, Derek Dangerfield has conducted research around the world — and can now add a PhD in health behavior research to his list of accomplishments. It’s a long list. Hailing from a working-class, single-parent home in Baltimore, Dangerfield graduated from Baltimore City College and earned his bachelor’s degree in

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Dixin Shen will graduate with a Master of Science in Biostatistics on May 13.

Commencement 2017: Dixin Shen, MS in Biostatistics

Biostatistics student Dixin Shen dreams of becoming a statistician. And receiving his Master of Science in Biostatistics degree on May 13 will propel him one step closer to that goal. After working on clinical trials for the pharmaceutical industry, Shen knew he wanted to dedicate his career to biomedical research. He is passionate about applying statistical science to

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William Chakar will graduate with a Master of Science in Global Medicine on May 13.

Commencement 2017: William Chakar, MS in Global Medicine

Master of Science in Global Medicine graduate William Chakar takes addressing health care needs personally. This Southern California native became deeply interested in health care and health advocacy while witnessing his mother’s battle with breast cancer and through his participation in events such as the UCLA Relay for Life and Susan G. Komen Walk. In

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Mauricio Franco will graduate with a Master of Science in Global Medicine on May 13.

Commencement 2017: Mauricio ‘Jimmy’ Franco, MS in Global Medicine

Mauricio “Jimmy” Franco is fulfilling his dream of going to medical school in the fall of 2017 — just one more testament to the power that perseverance has had in his life. A queer activist, the brother of three strong “mujeres” — women, in Spanish — and the son of Guatemalan immigrants, Franco’s success did

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Lina Shahinyan will graduate with a Master of Science in Global Medicine on May 13.

Commencement 2017: Lina Shahinyan, MS in Global Medicine

Obstacles in life often act as deterrents to achieving one’s dreams. Lina Shahinyan, having immigrated to the United States at a very pivotal moment in her life, did not allow such obstacles to stand in the way of her aspirations to make positive contributions to communities by becoming a socially conscious dentist. Wanting to gain

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Charles Akiona will graduate with a Master of Science in Global Medicine on May 13.

Commencement 2017: Charles Akiona, MS in Global Medicine

Regardless of differences in race, ethnicity, and gender, all have the right to health. However, distinct populations in America and around the world are suffering from the effects of health disparities with little explanation and few efforts to mitigate this suffering. Charles Gabriel Kawena Akiona, a progressive degree student graduating with a Bachelor of Arts

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Delcie Strahan will receive her Master of Public Health on May 13.

Commencement 2017: Delcie Strahan, Master of Public Health

Delcie Strahan didn’t expect to move back to her small town in Shasta County, Calif., after college. But in 2012 that’s where she found herself — and her passion — beginning a career in public health as a patient educator. Today, after graduating from the Keck School of Medicine of USC Master of Public Health online

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From pill to needle: Prescription opioid epidemic may be increasing drug injection

The prescription opioid epidemic is shrinking the time it used to take drug users to progress to drug injection, a new Keck School of Medicine of USC-led study suggests. The study may predict the next national public health threat related to prescription painkiller abuse, said Ricky Bluthenthal, lead author of the study and a professor

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