Keck School of Medicine

Department-Specific Programs

Department of Preventive Medicine

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies

3375 S. Hoover Street
University Village, Suite E 210
Los Angeles, CA 90089-7798
Director: Elahe Nezami, Ph.D.
(213) 740-1060
FAX: (213) 821-1733
Email: bhealthy@usc.edu
usc.edu/medicine/hp

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 requires six courses plus writing and diversity requirements, which provide a coherent, integrated introduction to the liberal arts and sciences. See The USC Core and the General Education Program for more information.

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.

Non-hp courses (20 units) units
BISC 120L General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution, or
BISC 121L Advanced General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution 4
BISC 220L General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology, or
BISC 221L Advanced General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology 4
CHEM 105aL General Chemistry, or
CHEM 115aL Advanced General Chemistry 4
MATH 116 Mathematics for the Social Sciences, or
MATH 125* Calculus I 4
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology 4

*MATH 125 allows students who have placed out of MATH 116 to take a higher-level math class; it also satisfies the math requirement for premedical students.

HP Courses (22 units) units
HP 200 Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 4
HP 300 Theoretical Principles of Health Behavior 4
HP 320 Biological and Behavioral Basis of Disease 4
HP 340L Health Behavior Statistical Methods 4
HP 350L Health Behavior Research Methods 4
HP 480 Internship in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, or 2-4
HP 490x Directed Research 2-8
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) units
BISC 320L Molecular Biology 4
BISC 330L Biochemistry 4
CHEM 105bL General Chemistry, or
CHEM 115bL Advanced General Chemistry 4
CHEM 322abL Organic Chemistry 4-4
EXSC 300L Physiology of Exercise 4
EXSC 301L Human Anatomy 4
EXSC 407aL Advanced Exercise Physiology 4
HP 400 Culture, Lifestyle, and Health 4
HP 401 Cultural Competence in Medicine 4
HP 402 Maternal and Child Health 4
HP 403 Behavioral Medicine 4
HP 404 Religion and Health 4
HP 405 Sexually Transmitted Disease: A Global Public Health Priority 4
HP 408 Environmental Health in the Community 4
HP 410 Issues in Prevention and Cessation of Drug Abuse 4
HP 411 Drug Intervention Program Design and Evaluation 4
HP 412 Health Promotion and Prevention Policy 4
HP 420 Gender and Minority Health Issues 4
HP 421 Violence as a Public Health Issue 4
HP 422 AIDS in Society 4
HP 430 Obesity and Health 4
HP 431 Behavior and Education Strategies for Nutrition and Fitness 4
HP 432 Clinical Nutrition 4
HP 433 Advanced Topics in Nutrition 4
HP 434 Physical Activity and Health 4
HP 441 Health Promotion in the Workplace 4
HP 442 Chronic Disease Epidemiology 4
HP 450 Traditional Eastern Medicine and Modern Health 4
HP 460 Adolescent Health 4
HP 465 Health Status of Indigenous Peoples of America 4
HP 485 Global Health: Obesity and Nutrition 4
PHYS 135abL Physics for the Life Sciences, or 4-4
PHYS 151L Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics, and 4
PHYS 152L Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism 4
PPD 325 Fundamentals of Health Policy and Management 4
PPD 330 Introduction to Health Care Systems 4
PSYC 336L Developmental Psychology 4
PSYC 355 Social Psychology 4
PSYC 437 Adolescent Development 4
SOCI 350 Social Exclusion, Social Power, and Deviance 4
SOCI 475 Medical Sociology 4

Bachelor of Science in Global Health Studies

3375 S. Hoover Street
University Village, Suite E 210
Los Angeles, CA 90089-7798
Director: Elahe Nezami, Ph.D.
(213) 740-1060
FAX: (213) 821-1733
Email: bhealthy@usc.edu
usc.edu/globalhealthprogram

The Bachelor of Science in Global Health is a multidisciplinary degree of the Keck School of Medicine’s Department of Preventive Medicine. This undergraduate program offers an examination of public health and policy issues in the context of global affairs. Students complete course work from Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies and International Relations in addition to requirements from other schools of the university. The program provides students with a strong background in understanding and evaluating global health issues and prepares students to become health professionals with international competencies. This program is an ideal major for students interested in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, international relations, public health, epidemiology, health psychology and health behavior research.

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 requires six courses plus writing and diversity requirements, which provide a coherent, integrated introduction to the liberal arts and sciences. See The USC Core and the General Education Program for more information.

Requirements for the Major (66 units)

The program is divided into core and elective components. As part of the core research requirements, students must complete a directed research requirement, HP 490x, with a specific international research focus.

The core component (42–46 units) is required for all students.

CORE COURSES (32 units) UNITS
BISC 220L General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology, or
BISC 221L Advanced General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology 4
CHEM 105aL General Chemistry, or
CHEM 115aL Advanced General Chemistry 4
ECON 203 Principles of Microeconomics 4
HP 270 Introduction to Global Health 4
HP 320 Biological and Behavioral Basis of Disease 4
HP 470 Case Studies in Global Health 4
IR 308 Globalization: Issues and Controversies 4
MATH 125 Calculus I 4

CORE RESEARCH COURSES (10–16 units) UNITS
HP 340L Health Behavior Statistical Methods 4
HP 350L Health Behavior Research Methods 4
HP 490x Directed Research 1-8, max 12

Students must choose 24 units of elective course work from the following lists. At least 8 units must be from HP and at least 8 units must be from IR.

HP ELECTIVES (Minimum 8 units) UNITS
HP 300 Theoretical Principles of Health Behavior 4
HP 400 Culture, Lifestyle, and Health 4
HP 401 Cultural Competence in Medicine: Promoting Health in Diverse Communities 4
HP 402 Maternal and Child Health 4
HP 403 Behavioral Medicine 4
HP 404 Religion and Health 4
HP 405 Sexually Transmitted Diseases: A Global Public Health Priority 4
HP 420 Gender and Minority Health Issues 4
HP 422 AIDS in Society 4
HP 450 Traditional Eastern Medicine and Modern Health 4

IR ELECTIVES (Minimum 8 units) UNITS
IR 305 Managing New Global Challenges 4
IR 306 International Organizations 4
IR 307 Contemporary International Politics 4
IR 308 Globalization: Issues and Controversies 4
IR 315 Ethnicity and Nationalism in World Politics 4
IR 323 Politics of Global Environment 4
IR 325 Rich and Poor States in the World Political Economy 4
IR 371 Global Civil Society: Non-State Actors in World Politics 4
IR 424 Citizenship and Migration in International Politics 4
IR 444 Issues and Theories in Global Society 4

OTHER ELECTIVES (Maximum 8 units) UNITS
BISC 120Lx General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution, or
BISC 121L Advanced General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution 4
BISC 320L Molecular Biology 4
BISC 330L Biochemistry 4
CHEM 105bL General Chemistry, or
CHEM 115bL Advanced General Chemistry 4
CHEM 322aL Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 322bL Organic Chemistry 4
GERO 483 Global Health and Aging 4
PHYS 135aL Physics for the Life Sciences, or
PHYS 151L Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics 4
PHYS 135bL Physics for the Life Sciences, or
PHYS 152L Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism 4
POSC 442 The Politics of Human Differences: Diversity and Discrimination 4
POSC 451 Politics of Resources and Development 4
POSC 456 Women in International Development 4
PPD 250 Third World Cities 4
PPD 382 International Development 4
SOCI 432 Racial and Ethnic Relations in a Global Society 4
SOCI 460 Key Issues in Contemporary International Migration 4
SOCI 470 Development and Social Change in the Third World 4

Progressive Degree Programs in Preventive Medicine

The Master of Public Health, the Master of Science in Biostatistics 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 and must submit their applications prior to the completion of 96 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 B.S. 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.