2017 – 2018

Keck School of Medicine of USC:

The Keck School of Medicine of USC is a leader in innovative education, research and clinical care.

Located on the University of Southern California’s 80-acre Health Sciences Campus, which includes Keck Medical Center of USC (Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center) and sever USC Healthcare Centers, the Keck School is adjacent to the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. The school’s pediatric faculty also staffs Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Vision Statement:

Keck School of Medicine converges the strengths of USC, driving innovation in health and medicine to serve our diverse communities.

School Overview:

  • Home to 25 research-oriented basic and clinical academic departments, with ophthalmology, preventive medicine, physiology, neurology, orthopaedics and otolaryngology ranked in the top 10 nationwide
  • Established in 1885, making it the oldest medical school in Southern California
  • More than 1,700 full-time faculty, 4,300 voluntary faculty physicians, 1,800 staff, 2,000 students and 1,500 clinicians
  • More than 1,100 resident physicians being trained in more than 50 specialty or subspecialty programs
  • Generates more than $294 million in annual sponsored research
  • More than 7,000 alumni
  • More than 5,000 physician graduates in practice in Southern California

Keck School of Medicine of USC by the Numbers 2017 – 2018:

  • Total Faculty: 1,970 (1,741 full-time; 229 part-time)
  • MD student applications: 8,099
  • MD students admitted: 402
  • MD students enrolled by class: 186
  • Total PhD students working at the Keck School: 214
  • MCAT scores: 96th percentile
  • Average GPA: 3.7
  • 53% male, 47% female; 20% underrepresented in medicine
  • Total master’s program students:
    • Fall 2017: 1068
    • Spring 2018: 938
  • NIH grants: $174 million
  • Non-NIH grants: $120 million

Keck School of Medicine of USC “Firsts”:

  • Developed first computer-controlled patient simulator (1966)
  • Formed the first academic Department of Emergency Medicine (1070)
  • First to include Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) in a medical school curriculum (1971)
  • One of the first medical schools in the world to introduce Medical Ethics into the curriculum

Master’s Degree Programs:

  • Academic Medicine (online only)
  • Applied Biostatistics
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical and Biomedical Investigations
  • Global Medicine
  • Medical Biophysics
  • Medical Physiology
  • Molecular Epidemiology
  • Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
  • Pain Medicine (online only)
  • Public Health (on campus and online)

PhD Programs:

  • Programs in Biomedical and Biological Sciences (PIBBS)
    • Cancer Biology & Genomics
    • Development, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    • Medical Biology
    • Molecular Structure and Signaling
  • Preventive Medicine:
    • Biostatistics
    • Epidemiology
    • Health Behavior Research
    • Population, Health and Place
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice

Bachelor of Science Degree Programs:

  • Global Health
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Clinical Departments:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Urology

Basic Science Departments:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
  • Integrative Anatomical Sciences
  • Molecular Biology and Immunology
  • Physiology and Neuroscience
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Translational Genomics

Education Department:

  • Medical Education

Patient Care Facilities:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
  • More than 40 additional primary and specialty care locations across Southern California


Keck School of Medicine of USC is internationally recognized for research in cancer, genomics, and personalized medicine, neuroscience, stem cell/regenerative medicine, emerging and global pathogens, obesity/diabetes and metabolic disease and community, environmental and global health.

In 2017, Keck School of Medicine generated $294 million in annual sponsored research, including $174 million in National Institute of Health (NIH) awards. Keck investigators are #1 in dollars per principal investigator.

Research Institutes:

  • Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute
  • Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research
  • Institute for Emerging Pathogens and Human Immunology
  • Lawrence J. Ellison institute for Transformative Medicine
  • Institute of Translational Genomics
  • Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • USC Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute
  • USC Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute
  • USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute
  • USC Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics
  • USC Institute for Global Health
  • USC Institute for Urology
  • USC Mark and Mary Stevens Institute for Neuroimaging and Informatics
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute

Affiliated Institute:

  • Saban Institute, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles