A Bold Vision

The mission of the Keck School of Medicine of USC has always been a lofty one: to solve the most intractable health problems affecting humanity. Founded in 1885—and named in honor of our landmark philanthropic partnership with the W.M. Keck Foundation in 1999—the Keck School has grown into an international education, health care, and research powerhouse in one of the nation’s top universities.

Today’s Keck School of Medicine


Full-Time Faculty


Students and Trainees


Research Institutes and Centers

Female researcher in foreground, male in background, at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

A History of Collaborative Innovation

Innovation is at the core of everything we do. Year after year, challenging our assumptions about what is possible propels us to new heights in our quest to understand, treat and cure disease.

Our research is broad and deep, spanning 26 academic departments, more than 30 research institutes and centers, and USC’s more than 20 schools.

The Keck School of Medicine is at the forefront of education and training, giving students and trainees one-of-a-kind learning opportunities in world-renowned labs, research institutes and clinics, as well as across our community. We are committed to supporting our students as they develop into skilled doctors and researchers uniquely qualified to transform health in the 21st century.

The culture at the Keck School is a collaborative one, embracing diversity, inclusivity and wellbeing. We know that groundbreaking innovation takes place when people from different backgrounds and disciplines come together. That in both the laboratory and the clinic, those connections are key. And that when we embrace bold thinking and place our drive to tackle the world’s biggest health challenges at the forefront, the biggest leaps take place for better health. Get to know more about the Keck School of Medicine. We hope our work inspires you to embrace a bold new vision for the future of medicine.

Notable Achievements

  • First academic emergency medicine department in the U.S.
  • First to provide patient care experience in first year of medical school.
  • Led movement to use “standardized patient” in medical training.
  • Developed HTE@USC, a cross-disciplinary program for medical and engineering students to find solutions to real-world health care problems.
  • #1 in NIH funding/investigator