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Department of Population and Public Health Sciences


Return to: Keck School of Medicine of USC  

Bioinformatics Division
1845 N. Soto Street
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Division Chief: Paul Thomas, PhD
pphs.usc.edu/divisions/bioinformatics/

Biostatistics Division
1845 N. Soto Street, Suite 205
Los Angeles, CA 90032-9234
Division Chief: W. Gauderman, PhD
(323) 442-1810
FAX: (323) 442-2993
Email: msphsadm@usc.edu
pphs.usc.edu/divisions/biostatistics/

Disease Prevention, Policy and Global Health Division
1845 N. Soto Street, SSB 318J, MC 9239

Los Angeles, CA 90032
Division Chief: Sofia Gruskin, JD, MIA
(323) 865-0826
pphs.usc.edu/divisions/disease-prevention-global-health/

Environmental Health Division
1845 N. Soto Street, Suite 230
Los Angeles, CA 90032-3628
Division Chiefs: Rob McConnell, MD; Carrie Breton, ScD 
(323) 442-1096
FAX: (323) 442-3272
pphs.usc.edu/divisions/environmental-health/

Epidemiology and Genetics Division
1845 N. Soto Street, Suite 205
Los Angeles, CA 90032-9234
Division Chief: Christopher Haiman, ScD
(323) 442-1810
FAX: (323) 442-2993
Email: msphsadm@usc.edu
pphs.usc.edu/divisions/epidemiology-genetics/

Health Behavior Research Division
c/o USC/IPR
1845 N. Soto Street, Suite 205
Los Angeles, CA 90032-3628
Division Chief: Genevieve Dunton, PhD, MPH
(323) 442-8299
Email: sfagan@usc.edu
phdhbr.usc.edu

Global Health Studies
837 Downey Way
Stonier Hall, Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1149
Director: Heather Wipfli, PhD
(213) 740-1060
Email: bhealthy@usc.edu
hpdp.usc.edu

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies Program
837 Downey Way
Stonier Hall, Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1149
Director: Heather Wipfli, PhD
(213) 740-1060
Email: bhealthy@usc.edu
hpdp.usc.edu

Master of Science in Global Medicine Program
1333 San Pablo Street
McKibben Hall, MCH 144
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Director: Navid Pour-Ghasemi, MD

(323) 442-3141
Email: msgm@med.usc.edu
msgm.usc.edu

Master of Public Health Program
1845 N. Soto Street, Suite 205
Los Angeles, CA 90032-3628
Director: Amie Hwang, PhD, MPH
(323) 442-8237
Email: rchon@usc.edu
pphs.usc.edu/education_programs/master‐of‐public‐health/

Faculty

Professor and Flora L. Thornton Chair in Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC: Howard Hu, MD, MPH, ScD

Professor and Kenneth T. Norris, Jr. Chair in Cancer Prevention, Keck School of Medicine of USC: David Conti, PhD

Professor and AFLAC Chair in Cancer Research, Keck School of Medicine of USC: Christopher Haiman, ScD

Professor and Sidney R. Garfield Chair in Health Sciences, Keck School of Medicine of USC: Mary Ann Pentz, PhD

Professor and Jane and Kris Popovich Chair in Cancer Research, Keck School of Medicine of USC: Wendy Setiawan, PhD

Professor and Ira Goodman Chair in Cancer Research, Keck School of Medicine of USC: Mariana Stern, PhD

Professors: H. Allayee (Chemistry and Mol Biology); L. Baezconde-Garbanati; R. Bluthenthal; C. Breton; L Chatzi; M. Cockburn; D. Conti; G. Dunton (Psychology); W.J. Gauderman; F.D. Gilliland; S. Gruskin (Gould Law School); C. Hughes Halbert; C. Haiman; H. Hu; A. Leventhal (Psychology); Chun Li; Wendy Mack (Gerontology); R. McConnell; M.A. Pentz; W. Setiawan (Medicine); K. Siegmund; D. Stram; S. Sussman; T. Valente (Dentistry and Annenberg); P.D. Thomas, Jr. (Molecular & Computational Biology); J. Unger; R. Watanabe (Physiology and Biophysics); J. Wiemels; A. Wu

Associate Professors: D. Black; J.C. Chen; K. de la Haye (Spatial Science); S. Eckel; S. Ingles (OB/GYN); D. Meeker (Pediatrics and CHLA); J. Tsui

Assistant Professors: J. Barrington-Trimis; B. Belcher; Z. Chen; C. Chiang; A. Farias; S. Farzan; L. Ferguson; E. Garcia; S. Gazal; M. Herting (Pediatrics and CHLA); J. Johnston; N. Mancuso; A. Tackett

Professors of Clinical: E. Avol; V. Cortessis (OB/GYN); D. Deapen; J. Klausner; E. Nezami; L. Rohrbach; M. Stern (Urology); D. Van Den Berg

Associate Professors of Clinical: D. Barkauskas; T. Bastain; R. Burke; F. Choudhury; R. Habre (Spatial Science); K. Honda; R. Karim; S. Kumar; S. Kim; L. Liu; R. Mckean-Cowdin (Ophthalmology); J. Steinberg; M. Wilson; H. Wipfli; M. Withers

Associate Professor of Clinical and Educational Scholar: C. Patino-Sutton

Assistant Professors of Clinical: R. Ceasar; H. Dang; A. de Smith; J. Hartiala; A. Hwang; L. Ji; J.P. Lewinger; A. Luleijian; T. Mason; M. Nuno; J. Piao; T. Pickering; C. Soto (Children, Youth and Families); S. Tommasi

Professors of Research: T. Alonzo; H. Bersaratinia; J.D. Buckley (Pediatrics and CHLA); M. Li; A. Hamilton; S. Hempel; M. Krailo; P. Marjoram

Associate Professors of Research: J. Huh; M. Kirkpatrick; E. Lee; H. Mi; L. Renfro

Assistant Professors of Research: J.P. Allem; J. Cho, K. Islam; J. Millstein; R. Pang

Adjunct Professors: K. Berhane; W. Cozen; J. Figueriedo; P. Gounder; R. Khosla; A. Kim; L. Mascola; J. Milam; J. Miles; J. O’Malley; S. Salvy; J. Samet; G. Singh; D.J.M. Tarantola; H. Tseng

Adjunct Associate Professors: T. Evans; J. Milam; L. Park; A. Xiang

Adjunct Assistant Professors: T. Alderate; A. Auslander; M. Bashash; Y. Casagrande; N. Gatto; L. Kysh; A. Malin; Y. Ornelas Van Horne; J. Pogoda; T. Salam; C. Toledo-Corral; N. Wade

Emeritus Professors: S.P. Azen (Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, Ophthalmology, Occupational Science); L. Bernstein; J. Casagrande; C-P Chou; M. Cousineau; S.Groshen; A. Hricko; B. Langholz; T. M. Mack; M.C. Pike; J. Richardson; R. Sposto; D.C. Thomas; G. Ursin

 

The department is responsible for training medical, graduate and undergraduate students in the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, health behavior research, and population and public health sciences. Faculty from the statistical genetics and molecular epidemiology department also perform research in the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology of acute and chronic diseases, and environmental health.

The undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the department are noteworthy for the extensive opportunities offered to the students for involvement in faculty research. It is not uncommon for students to begin working closely with faculty members on research projects as early as their first or second year of study.

Undergraduate Degrees

Progressive Degree Programs in Population and Public Health Sciences

The Master of Public Health, the Master of Science in Biostatistics, the Master of Science in Applied Biostatistics/Epidemiology, the Master of Science in Global Medicine, and the Master of Science in Molecular Epidemiology programs admit a limited number of undergraduate students to a progressive degree program, which allows them to pursue a master’s level degree while completing the bachelor’s degree. Applicants to the program must have completed 64 units of course work. Applicants need not submit GRE scores, but are expected to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of application. The application for admission to a progressive degree program must be accompanied by an approved course plan proposal and two letters of recommendation. The requirements for both the BS and the master’s degrees must be satisfied, including a minimum of 128 undergraduate units. For further details on progressive degree programs, see the Requirements for Graduation  page.

Graduate Programs

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (Clinical)/Master of Public Health (Health Promotion)

The PhD/MPH dual degree combines knowledge of clinical psychology research and practice with an understanding of health from a population perspective. The student enrolls primarily in the clinical psychology doctoral program and may apply to the MPH program during the first year. During the second and subsequent years, course work is taken in both programs. The dissertation is undertaken through the Department of Psychology .

PharmD/Master of Public Health

The School of Pharmacy and the Master of Public Health program, in recognition of the rapidly changing health care environment and in response to the growing demand for pharmacists who are knowledgeable in both pharmacy and population-based health care issues, have developed a dual degree program. The joint PharmD/MPH degree will enable graduates to be more responsive to today’s health care needs and will provide training for pharmacists who seek to be agents of change within the profession and to assume leadership roles in the pharmacy field and in public health at the local, state and national levels.

The Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Public Health (PharmD/MPH)  program spans five years (four years of pharmacy school courses and one year of public health courses). Students begin the core MPH courses following the successful completion of the first year of pharmacy school. The last three years of the program are devoted to the clinical rotations of the School of Pharmacy and to the completion of the elective courses and practicum (field experience) of the MPH program.

 

MD/Master of Public Health

The joint MD/MPH program at the Keck School of Medicine is designed for individuals who envision a medical career that combines public health and medical disciplines. For further information about the joint program, refer to the program  page.

Programs

The Department of Population and Public Health Sciences offers the following degree programs:

Global Health Studies (BS)  

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies (BS)  

Addiction Science (MS)  

Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology (MS)  

Biostatistics (MS)  

Global Medicine (MS)  

Clinical, Biomedical and Translational Investigations (MS)  

Molecular Epidemiology (MS)  

Public Health (MPH)  

Public Health (MPH) (Online)  

Public Health Data Science (MS)  

Master of Science, Global Medicine/Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD/MS)  

Doctor of Medicine/Master of Science, Global Medicine (MD/MS)   

Master of Public Health/Doctor of Pharmacy (MPH/PharmD)  

Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health (MD/MPH)  

Master of Public Health/Master of Urban Planning (MPH/MUP)  

Master of Public Health/Master of Social Work (MPH/MSW)  

Master of Public Health/Master of Science, Social Entrepreneurship (MPH/MS)  

Biostatistics (PhD)  

Epidemiology (PhD)  

Preventive Medicine (Health Behavior Research) (PhD)  

 

The Department of Population and Public Health Sciences also offers the following undergraduate minor programs:

Addiction Science Minor  

Cinema-Television for the Health Professions Minor  

Cultural Competence in Medicine Minor  

Environmental Health Minor  

Global Health Minor  

Health Communication Minor  

Nutrition and Health Promotion Minor  

Public Health Minor  

Substance Abuse Prevention Minor  

 

The Department of Population and Public Health Sciences also offers the following certificate programs:

Clinical, Biomedical and Translational Investigations Certificate  

Community Health Promotion Certificate  

Epidemiology Certificate  

Global Health and Human Rights Leadership Graduate Certificate  

Global Health Communications Graduate Certificate  

Global Medicine Graduate Certificate  

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for Global Health and Development Graduate Certificate  

Project Management in Global Health and Development Graduate Certificate   

Spatial Sciences for Global Health Graduate Certificate  

 

Courses

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