Return to: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Keith Administration Building 317
1975 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9024
Tel: (323) 442-3141
FAX: (323) 442-1766
Program Director: Elahe Nezami, PhD
The Master of Science in Global Medicine (MSGM) is offered by the Department of Educational Affairs of the Keck School of Medicine. The program aims to train medical, dental and pharmacy students; current physicians and allied health professionals; and those planning to pursue degrees in the allied health professions to analyze and address critical issues in global medicine. The program provides a solid foundation in basic science while also exposing students to a broad scope of pertinent issues in global medicine. The program offers an advanced standing option for physicians, dentists, current medical/dental students and applicants with a PharmD degree from accredited institutions. Students admitted to the advanced standing option may use previous equivalent course work for 8 units of credit toward MEDS 503 L Core Principles System I and MEDS 504 L Core Principles System II course requirements. The advanced standing option allows students to bypass the foundation course work and focus on globally oriented course work.
By providing the knowledge and training necessary to address current and future global medical challenges, the MS in Global Medicine program responds to the Institute of Medicine's recommendation that the education of health professionals include course work that promotes literacy in global medicine. In addition to gaining a strong medical science foundation, students are immersed in course work that examines methods used to create innovative programming, solutions and responses to global health challenges, thereby furnishing them with the problem-solving skills and analytical frameworks essential to their future career paths. Through partnerships with the Marshall School of Business and the Viterbi School of Engineering, the MS in Global Medicine also includes a Management Track for students who intend to pursue international health management, and an Entrepreneurship Track for students interested in applying business acumen to the challenges of global health in innovative ways. The MS in Global Medicine also offers the Interprofessional Health Track for students seeking an understanding of the interplay of various clinical specialties in providing comprehensive and integrated care to patients and the resultant impacts on healthcare administration. Upon completion of the MS in Global Medicine, students will be equipped to serve as leaders within the allied health field, including, but not limited to: medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and nursing. In addition, graduates will be prepared to collaborate with, or seek employment from, a variety of international aid, nonprofit, and global health organizations such as: the United Nations, the International Red Cross, United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS, United Nations Children's Fund, World Health Organization, World Bank and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Applicants for admission to the program must have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution and have earned a GPA of 3.0 (A = 4.0) in undergraduate work. Prerequisite undergraduate course work for Clinical Track applicants must include one year of general biology, one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry and one semester of calculus. Applicants to the Management, Entrepreneurship, and Interprofessional Tracks should consult with advisers for prerequisite exceptions.
All applicants are required to have taken the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test, the Dental Admission Test (DAT) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). A minimum score of 300 on the GRE, 18 on the DAT or 28 on the MCAT is required. Applicants beneath these standardized test score requirements are asked to consult with program staff for advisement. International Medical Graduates (IMGs) from accredited institutions can submit their USMLE results in lieu of GRE, DAT or MCAT scores. Applicants must also supply three letters of recommendation from evaluators qualified to assess their potential for graduate work. If applying for the advanced standing option, U.S. applicants must have successfully completed their first year of an MD (Doctor of Medicine) or DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) program or earned a PharmD degree from a U.S.- accredited institute; international applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree in medicine and surgery or a degree equivalent of DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or a PharmD degree from an accredited institute. Applicants must supply a completed application for graduate studies including: transcripts from all institutions previously attended, standardized test scores and three letters of recommendation. Applications are considered for enrollment in both fall and spring semesters. For further information contact: Master of Science in Global Medicine Program, 1333 San Pablo Street, MCA 144, Los Angeles, CA 90033, Tel: (323) 442-3141, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program recommends that students meet with an academic adviser of the program each semester prior to registration.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
A graduate GPA of at least 3.0 is required at all times. Any student whose graduate GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation who do not raise their GPA to 3.0 after two semesters of written notification of academic probation will be academically disqualified. A minimum of 32 units of graduate level course work is required for graduation from the clinical, management and entrepreneurship tracks. A minimum of 24 units of graduate-level course work is required for graduation with the advanced standing option.
Global Medicine students in the Clinical, Entrepreneurship and Management Tracks must complete a minimum of 32 total units to earn the degree. (The Clinical Track offers an Advanced Standing Track option for qualified students that requires a minimum of 24 units).
Students are required to take the core and elective courses specified for the track in which they are matriculating and must complete enough courses to complete 32 or more total units overall.
GM Clinical Track Core
Clinical Track students must complete the following 12 units of core course work:
GM Advanced Standing Track Core
The Clinical Track offers an Advanced Standing Track to those deemed eligible for the track, including: physicians, dentists, pharmacists, and current medical and dental students who have previously taken course work that is equivalent to MEDS 503L and MEDS 504L .
Advanced Standing Track students must complete the following 8 units of core course work and must select 16 units of Clinical Track electives.
GM Entrepreneurship Track Core
Entrepreneurship Track students must select from BAEP 550 or BAEP 551 to complete 13 total units when combined with the other core courses below:
GM Interprofessional Health Track Core
Interprofessional Health Track students must select from MEDS 500 or MEDS 501 to complete 14 units when combined with the other core courses below:
GM Management Track Core
Management Track students must complete the following 14 units of core course work:
GM Clinical Track Electives
Clinical Track students must complete a minimum of 20 units of elective courses from among the following MEDS electives:
- MEDS 501 Critical Issues in Global Health Units: 4
- MEDS 502 Global Epidemiology of Diseases and Risk Factors Units: 4
- MEDS 510 Global Health Modules, Malaria Units: 2
- MEDS 511 Global Health Modules, Tuberculosis Units: 2
- MEDS 512 Global Health Modules, Maternal and Child Health I Units: 2
- MEDS 513 Global Health Modules, Maternal and Child Health II Units: 2
- MEDS 514 Global Health Modules, Tropical Disease Units: 2
- MEDS 515 Global Health Modules, HIV/AIDS Units: 2
- MEDS 516 Cultural Competence in Health and Medicine Units: 2
- MEDS 517 Health and Human Rights Units: 2
- MEDS 518 Children in Emergency Situations: Global Policies and Programs Units: 2
- MEDS 519 Global Oral Health Units: 2
- MEDS 520 Medical Spanish for the Health Professions Units: 2
- MEDS 521 Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases Units: 2
- MEDS 522 Human Hepatitis Viruses Units: 2
- MEDS 523 Global Toxicity and Carcinogenesis Units: 2
- MEDS 524 Grantwriting for Non-Government Organizations Units: 2
- MEDS 525 Global Mental Health Units: 2
- MEDS 526 Alternative and Eastern Medicine: A Biomedical Approach Units: 2
- MEDS 527 Zoonotic Infectious Diseases Units: 2
- MEDS 528 Global Health Modules, Sexually Transmitted Infections Units: 2
- MEDS 529 Refugee Health Care Units: 2
- MEDS 530a Foundation of Medicine: Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology Units: 4
- MEDS 530b Foundation of Medicine: Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology Units: 4
- MEDS 530c Foundation of Medicine: Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology Units: 4
- MEDS 531 The Politics of Global Health Units: 2
- MEDS 532 Non-communicable Diseases Units: 2
- MEDS 533 Emerging Cell-based Therapeutics Units: 2
- MEDS 534 Global Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Units: 2
- MEDS 535 Culture, Lifestyle, and Health Units: 2
- MEDS 550 Clinical Medicine and Health Care Reform in Taiwan Units: 2
- MEDS 551 Clinical Medicine and Socioeconomic Factors in Uganda Units: 2
- MEDS 552 Clinical Medicine and Health Care Reform in Jordan Units: 2
- MEDS 553 Clinical Medicine and Health Care Challenges in India Units: 2
- MEDS 554 Clinical Medicine and Healthcare Delivery in Panama Units: 2
- MEDS 555 Clinical Medicine and Healthcare Access in Honduras Units: 2
- MEDS 556 Global Health Field Study, New York Units: 2
- MEDS 557 Clinical Medicine and Healthcare Dynamics in Denmark Units: 2
- MEDS 558 Clinical Medicine and Translational Research in Argentina Units: 2
- MEDS 559 Clinical Medicine and Healthcare Determinants in China Units: 2
- MEDS 560 Innovating in Healthcare in Malaysia Units: 2
- MEDS 561 Global Healthcare Development and Practices in Nepal Units: 2
- MEDS 590 Directed Research Units: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
- MEDS 562 Healthcare in Thailand Units: 2
- MEDS 563 Global Healthcare Development and Social Justice in Italy Units: 2
- MEDS 564 Health Behavior and Healthcare in Germany Units: 2
- MEDS 566 Healthcare in Fiji Units: 2
- MEDS 599 Special Topics Units: 2, 3, 4
- MEDS 580 Interprofessional Team Dynamics in Healthcare Units: 4
- MEDS 581 Case Studies in Interprofessional Healthcare Units: 4
- MEDS 567 Global Nutrition Units: 2
- MEDS 568 Global Issues: Aging Units: 2
- MEDS 569 Interdisciplinary Medical Literature Evaluation Units: 2
- MEDS 570 Introduction to Narrative Medicine Units: 2
GM Entrepreneurship Track Electives
Entrepreneurship Track students must complete a minimum of 15 units of MEDS electives and 3 units (1 course) from the following:
GM Interprofessional Health Track Electives
Interprofessional Health Track students must complete a minimum of 18 MEDS electives.
GM Management Track Electives
Management Track students must complete a minimum of 12 units of MEDS electives and 6 units (2 courses) from the following:
On a case-by-case basis and with pre-approval, GM students may take classes outside their particular group.