Disease Prevention, Policy and Global Health


Faculty are active at the local, state, national and global levels to influence factors that improve the health of populations. They bring this experience into the classroom through interactions with students and connections to guest speakers. Reflecting their interdisciplinary nature, they work and teach closely with faculty in other divisions, departments at Keck, and schools within the university and beyond to develop collaborative projects in public health.

With a concern for improving health and well-being, they provide students with many opportunities, from approaches to addressing clinical interventions and improving preventive, therapeutic and disease outcomes; to addressing the complexities of health care systems and the systematic and structural factors that impact health in Los Angeles and around the globe.

Our diversity is our strength, impacting our research and teaching alike, we seek to demonstrate methodological innovation, pushing new approaches that will ultimately improve the practice of public health.

Sofia Gruskin, JD, MIA

Sofia Gruskin, JD, MIA

Division Chief, Division of Disease Prevention, Policy and Global Health

Division Chief

Sofia Gruskin

Faculty Members of the Division of Disease Prevention, Policy and Global Health

Education Programs

Master of Public Health

Master of Public Health

The USC Master of Public Health program is a product of the University of Southern California’s commitment to the health and well-being of its surrounding communities, as well as nationally and internationally.

Summer Program in Diabetes and Obesity Research (SPIDOR)

Summer Program in Diabetes and Obesity Research (SPIDOR)

Summer scholars will conduct cutting-edge research in the laboratories of faculty members from the USC Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute (DORI) and will be exposed to basic science, translational, and clinical research experiences. The summer session culminates with students presenting their research findings to the KSOM community at large.

Bridging the Gaps

The Keck School of Medicine’s Bridging the Gaps Summer Research Program will provide an opportunity to outstanding underrepresented students to gain meaningful exposure to the exceptional research and clinical programs at the Keck School of Medicine.

Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics

The Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics is designed to prepare a biostatistician with in-depth statistical and analytic skills. The program requires a solid background in the methodological aspects of statistics, and in statistical thinking as applied to medicine, as well as, a solid grounding in epidemiological methods and in certain medical disciplines.

Centers, Institutes, Labs

COVID-19 Pandemic Research Center (CPRC)

OverviewThe mission of the Population Health Sciences COVID-19 Pandemic Research Center (CPRC) is to promote translational research using multi-disciplinary approaches to understand and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the health of populations, especially the...

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