Advancing Research: Local and Global Impact

As the world faces new global pandemics and society strives to provide equitable access to quality healthcare, our research has never been more pressing. Our faculty are recognized as leaders in interdisciplinary research and training in epidemiology, biostatistics and prevention science; for more than 40 years, they have developed research and educational programs that address the complex public health needs in local, national and international settings. Your support makes carrying out this work possible.

Your gift enables the faculty and research teams to: 

  • Develop new methods to better understand disease causes, treatments, and prevention strategies
  • Develop and test effective community-based programs to promote the public health of the diverse populations of California and the Pacific Rim
  • Promote effective dissemination of state-of-the-science programs in prevention to serve populations in need, and countries throughout the world

Guided by Howard Hu, MD, MPH, ScD, Flora L. Thornton Chair, the department’s strategic research initiatives include pandemic preparedness, health disparities; air and environmental pollutants; risk behaviors; genetics and genomics; tobacco control; health and human rights; reproductive health; and policy innovations.

Preparing Future Leaders

Increasing scholarship support for our students is a top priority for the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences. Scholarships help to close financial gaps and reward students’ efforts to achieve academic excellence. With scholarship support, exceptional students are able to choose USC over other institutions to begin or continue their studies. Additionally, scholarship support lowers students’ financial burden, allowing them to choose career paths that address critical health issues and disparities without the foremost consideration of compensation.