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USC Catalogue 2021-2022 
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Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies (BS)

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837 Downey Way
Stonier Hall, Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1149
Director: Elahe Nezami, Ph.D.
(213) 740-1060
Email: bhealthy@usc.edu

The undergraduate program in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies (HP) provides a well-rounded, professionally focused education leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The program is concerned with the sociocultural, 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. Areas of study include: global health; cultural diversity in medicine; substance abuse prevention and program planning; nutrition and fitness; health promotion of minority and underserved populations; and general public health issues (e.g., HIV/AIDS, violence, health promotion in the workplace and behavioral medicine).

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree is awarded after students successfully complete 128 units, consisting of 66 units for the major and fulfillment of USC general education requirements including third semester equivalency in a foreign language.

General Education Requirements

The university’s general education program provides a coherent, integrated introduction to the breadth of knowledge you will need to consider yourself (and to be considered by other people) a generally well-educated person. This program is effective for all students entering USC in fall 2015 or later, or transfer students beginning college elsewhere at that time and subsequently transferring to USC. It requires eight courses in six Core Literacies, plus two courses in Global Perspectives (which may double-count with courses in the Core Literacies) and two courses in writing. For more information about USC’s general education requirements, see General Education .

Requirements for the Major (66 units)

The program is divided into core and elective components.

The following core component (42 units) is required of all students.


*MATH 125  allows students who have placed out of MATH 108  to take a higher-level math class; it also satisfies the math requirement for premedical students.

Advanced HP and Health Profession Preparatory Courses

A total of 24 units of electives are required of all students (at least 12 of the 24 must be HP courses).

Electives (24 Units)

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