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USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
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Doctor of Medicine/Master of Science, Global Medicine

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The dual degree in Doctor of Medicine and Master of Science in Global Medicine will provide medical students with formal education in the field of global health. Students will benefit from a curriculum that supplements and strengthens their medical knowledge with additional expertise in cultural competence, the specific diseases that affect various populations worldwide, and the unique issues respective to practicing medicine in a developing country or in vulnerable, underserved populations domestically.


Current enrollment in the Keck School of Medicine MD program and successful completion of at least the first two years of the MD curriculum are required prior to submitting an application to the MS in Global Medicine program for admission to the dual degree program. Students must gain admission to and fulfill the degree requirements for both programs, which include four years of course work for the Doctor of Medicine and 24 units of the MS in Global Medicine (Clinical track only).

For the dual degree with Global Medicine Clinical Track, 24 GM elective units should be successfully completed. The MD and the MS in Global Medicine degrees are awarded simultaneously upon successful completion of both degree requirements.

Program Adaptation

For the dual degree with Global Medicine Clinical Track, there are no Global Medicine core unit requirements. Students enrolled in MD/MSGM dual degree will be eligible to apply 2 GM study-abroad elective units and 2 other GM elective units (except MEDS 503 , MEDS 504 , MEDS 520  and MEDS 530a , MEDS 530b , MEDS 530c ) toward their MD program elective requirements. GM Management Track electives cannot be applied toward either degree requirements.

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