PM Education USC Department of Preventive Medicine

Education & Training

The Department of Preventive Medicine trains undergraduate, medical, and graduate students in the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, health behavior research, and public health. The undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the Department of Preventive Medicine are noteworthy for the extensive opportunities offered to the students for involvement in faculty research. Student opportunities to take part in diverse research programs are bolstered by both the department training philosophy and its emphasis on interdisciplinary research and collaborations. Across the department, postdoctoral researchers are training to assume the positions as tomorrow’s leaders in preventive medicine.

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Global Health

The mission of the HP program is to inspire future health professionals to serve the whole person and the whole of society by educating them about the socio-cultural, behavioral, psychological and biological factors that contribute to wellness and disease.

Master Programs

Master of Public Health Program

The MPH program is a product of the university’s commitment to the health and well-being of its surrounding communities, as well as to Southern California and the nation. The Department of Preventive Medicine first offered the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in 1998 for motivated students and professionals interested in the application of health promotion and disease prevention technologies and interventions designed to improve and enhance the quality of life.

The program curriculum is designed to prepare community health/preventive medicine practitioners to access community needs of populations, design, implement and evaluate health promotion programs to diverse audiences. Students begin with coursework in the core areas of public health designed to provide an overview of related issues and competencies required to address community health problems.

Master of Public Health Program (Online)

The MPH program is a product of the university’s commitment to the health and well-being of its surrounding communities, as well as to Southern California and the nation. The Department of Preventive Medicine first offered the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in 1998 for motivated students and professionals interested in the application of health promotion and disease prevention technologies and interventions designed to improve and enhance the quality of life.

The program curriculum is designed to prepare community health/preventive medicine practitioners to access community needs of populations, design, implement and evaluate health promotion programs to diverse audiences. Students begin with coursework in the core areas of public health designed to provide an overview of related issues and competencies required to address community health problems.

Master of Science in Applied Biostatistics & Epidemiology

This program focuses on applied biostatistics, epidemiological research methods, research applications including cancer, infectious disease, chronic disease, and environmental epidemiology. Epidemiological methods are taught from a practical, "hands-on" perspective.

Master of Science in Biostatistics

This program focuses on the theory of biostatistics, data analytic methods, experimental design (including the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials), statistical methods in human genetics, biomedical informatics and advanced statistical computing methods. Statistical methods are taught both from a practical and theoretical perspective.

Master of Science in Molecular Epidemiology

In this program, students will understand and apply statistical methods for the design of biomedical research, understand epidemiological study designs, and be able to use and interpret results from specialized computer software for the management and statistical analysis of research data. This program encourages applicants with undergraduate degrees in quantitative biological sciences or other related fields.

PhD Programs

Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics

This program is designed to prepare a biostatistician with in-depth statistical and analytic skills. The program requires a solid background in the methodological aspects of statistics, and in statistical thinking as applied to medicine, as well as, a solid grounding in epidemiological methods and in certain medical disciplines. This program encourages applicants who have undergraduate degrees in allied health, public health, biological sciences, or other related fields to apply.

Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology

The program requires a solid background in the methodological aspects of epidemiology, and in statistical thinking as applied to medicine, as well as, a solid grounding in epidemiological methods and in relevant medical disciplines.

Doctor of Philosophy in Health Behavior Research

The specific objective of the program is to train exceptional researchers and scholars in the interdisciplinary field of health behavior research. The well-rounded training that students receive encompasses theory and methods from many allied fields including: communications, psychology, preventive medicine, biostatistics, public health and epidemiology. Students also receive research experience participating in projects conducted by HBR faculty, most of them through the USC Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research (IPR). IPR is a separate research institute at USC but is also home to the Division of Health Behavior Research. Training in the program is conducted via course lectures, discussions, seminars, student and faculty presentations and field research. The program provides students with a depth of understanding, and intellectual capability they need to pursue a career and health-related research