Research Mission

Research Goals and Efforts

Our researchers seek to improve population and public health locally and globally through the pursuit of high-impact, transdisciplinary research. Highly active, the Department is recognized as one of the top research units of its kind in the country, ranking in the top 3 in terms of funding from the National Institutes of Health since 2006.

Chanita Hughes Halbert

Chanita Hughes Halbert, PhD

Vice Chair for Research

Vice Chair for Research

A Message from Chanita Hughes Halbert

Thank you for visiting the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences. Our faculty are leading groundbreaking research and generating novel discoveries to improve health and well-being for ALL.  We look forward to partnering with you to advance population and public health science in our community and beyond.






COVID-19 Pandemic Research Center

The Trojan Pandemic Response Initiative

Researchers are studying the impact of the pandemic and vaccination campaign on USC students, staff and faculty. The study generates evidence of attitudes, behaviors, and infections acutely needed for USC to pursue strategies and policies to minimize new COVID-19 infections.

Environmental health disparities

Storytelling Map

Developed by the Maternal and Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors (MADRES) Center for Environmental Health Disparities, this story map sheds light on environmental health disparities along racial and ethnic lines, susceptibility, built environment and COVID-19 spread in MADRES communities.

COVID-19 Pandemic Research Center

Los Angeles Pandemic Surveillance Cohort Initiative

Researchers at the COVID-19 Pandemic Research Center are partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to generate and analyze data on the prevalence and progression of COVID-19 infection among different populations in LA County.

Collaboratorative Research Across Divisions

topics in population and public health sciences

USC Health Sciences Profiles

Use this tool to search for USC faculty and their research topics. To find faculty members from the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences, filter by department for “Preventive Medicine”.