Undergraduate Degrees

The Department of Population and Public Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Global Health and a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Bachelor of Science in Global Health

The Bachelor of Science in Global Health offers an examination of public health and policy issues in the context of global affairs. The program provides students with a strong background in understanding and evaluating global health issues and prepares students to become health professionals with international competencies. This program is an ideal major for students interested in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, international relations, public health, epidemiology, health psychology and health behavior research.

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Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

The Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention provides a well-rounded, professionally focused education. The program is concerned with the socio-cultural, behavioral, psychological, and biological factors contributing to wellness and disease. It is an ideal major for students interested in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, public health, epidemiology, health psychology and health behavior research.

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The 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 or Fall each year. 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.

Multiple programs are designed to enhance the educational experience of students preparing for graduate study in health-related fields (e.g., medicine, public health) or to enter health-related fields of employment.

Minor in Health Care Studies

The Keck Minor in Health Care Studies is designed for undergraduates who wish to pursue a postgraduate career in health care or health care related fields. Through an innovative array of courses, students will receive instruction in a variety of fields in medical science and clinical practice.

The minor brings together coursework that explores health care both in the classroom and the clinical settings. Students are given practical hands-on activities and experiences in the research laboratories, hospital, simulation lab, cadaver lab, and other unique settings not typically offered at an undergraduate level.

The Minor in Health Care Studies will provide instruction in domains identified as prerequisite competencies for health professions education, provide content related to contemporary issues in healthcare, provide students with an introduction to clinical care, and demonstrate the importance of scientific research and its applications to clinical practice.

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PPHS Minors

The Department of Population and Public Health Sciences administers the following eight minor programs. Each is designed to appeal to students interested in preparation for graduate study in health-related fields (e.g., medicine, public health) or to enter health-related fields of employment.


Addiction Science Minor

Offered by the USC Institute for Addiction Science, the minor supports collaborative research and education that advances science, awareness, prevention, treatment, and policy to address addictive behaviors.

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Collaborations in Speech-Language and Hearing Professions Minor

The USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery offers the minor designed to introduce undergraduate students from wide variety of majors to the field of communication sciences and disorders (i.e. speech-language pathology and audiology).

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USC’s Progressive Degree Program enables superior undergraduates to begin work on a master’s degree while completing requirements for the bachelor’s degree. Potentially taking as little as one additional year, it is an ideal option for students looking for a competitive edge in admission to medical school. The Progressive Degree Program is offered exclusively to USC undergraduate students.

Through the Keck School of Medicine of USC, PPHS undergraduate students can pursue the following progressive graduate degrees:

The Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC offers a progressive degree program leading to a Master of Science in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.

Through the Department of Medical Education, the Master of Science in Narrative Medicine also offers a progressive graduate degree,

Students who wish to pursue a progressive degree should contact their undergraduate major advisor to discuss the application process.