Molecular, cellular, developmental biology and epidemiology are the foundations of the joint USC-CHLA master’s program. Students complete 32 credits of graduate-level courses and gain hands-on experience in the lab and clinical setting. Students have the opportunity for interdisciplinary studies taught by world-renowned faculty jointly hosted by a children’s hospital and a major research university. The DOOHD program provides outstanding preparation for future work in academic, medical and bioscience industry settings.
Students will be provided with:
- An excellent educational and research experience.
- An opportunity to interact with faculty on a broad range of cutting-edge research topics in Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOOHD).
- Hands-on training to learn techniques for conducting research in the lab of a DOOHD faculty member.
- Exposure to the national and international Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine research community through seminars and symposia.
Students pursuing the Master of Science in Developmental Origins of Health and Disease are subject to the following requirements: (1) at least 32 units are required; (2) courses outside the lists presented below require approval from the program adviser; (3) at least 22 units must be taken at the 500- or 600-level and no courses below the 400-level may be applied; (4) with prior permission from the program adviser, up to 10 units of 400-level course work in a BISC seminar series, bioethics, developmental biology, epigenetics, health policy, nutrition or science writing may be counted toward the DOOHD MS degree program.
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