Admissions

First-Year Students

Applying to Health Promotion or Global Health at USC

Prospective first-year students interested in Health Promotion or Global Health must apply directly through USC Undergraduate Admission. Following USC’s general undergraduate admission standards, applicants are evaluated on the content and rigor of their high school coursework, their grades, standardized test scores, activity summary, essay, short answers and counselor/teacher recommendations. There are no absolute “cutoffs” or minimums for grades, rank in class, or test scores. USC is interested in the interplay of these elements as well as students’ personal accomplishments and potential for success.

Like all first-year undergraduate applicants to USC, prospective Health Promotion and Global Health students must apply online using the Common Application and the USC Writing Supplement. Students should submit to the Undergraduate Admission Office all the items detailed in the First-Year Application ChecklistThe Keck School of Medicine does not have separate application forms, and no additional materials are required for admission to the Health Promotion or Global Health major.

How to find the Health Promotion and Global Health majors in the Common Application:

In the “Academics” tab of the USC “Questions” section of the Common App, students are asked to choose a “First-choice major” and a “Second-choice major.” Search for and select either:

  • KSM: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies, B.S.
  • KSM: Global Health, B.S.

While Health Promotion and Global Health are ideal majors for those interested in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and other clinical disciplines, we welcome and encourage all students interested in the field of health broadly to apply, regardless of whether or not they have a pre-professional emphasis. In addition to preparing students for medical, dental, and pharmacy schools, the Health Promotion and Global Health programs introduce students to the multifarious educational and career opportunities they can pursue in the field of health.

Scholarships and Final Admission Decisions

All first-year applicants who submit a complete application (Common Application and USC Writing Supplement) by the December 1 deadline will be considered for USC Merit Scholarships and will receive notification of their status in February. Applicants who are not selected to receive or interview for scholarships will still be considered for regular admission. All first-year applicants who submit a complete application (Common Application and USC Writing Supplement) by the January deadline will be mailed an admission decision by April 1. USC does not have an Early Decision or Early Action program. Only notification from the Office of Admission constitutes an offer of admission.

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Transfer Students

Applying to Health Promotion or Global Health at USC

Prospective transfer students interested in Health Promotion or Global Health must apply directly through USC Undergraduate Admission. Applicants are evaluated according to the University’s general undergraduate admission standards. USC takes a holistic, qualitative approach to reviewing applications. Grades and academic rigor are weighed against personal qualities such as leadership, service and unique talents. We look for those students we believe would be an ideal fit for, and thrive in, the challenging academic environment USC provides.

Like all transfer applicants to USC, prospective Health Promotion and Global Health students must apply online using the Common Application and the USC Writing Supplement. Students should submit to the Undergraduate Admission Office all the items detailed in the Transfer Application ChecklistThe Keck School of Medicine does not have separate application forms, and no additional materials are required for admission to the Health Promotion or Global Health major.

How to find the Health Promotion and Global Health majors in the Common Application:

In the “Academics” tab of the USC “Questions” section of the Common App, students are asked to choose a “First-choice major” and a “Second-choice major.” Search for and select either:

  • KSM: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies, B.S.
  • KSM: Global Health, B.S.

While Health Promotion and Global Health are ideal majors for those interested in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and other clinical disciplines, we welcome and encourage all students interested in the field of health broadly to apply, regardless of whether or not they have a pre-professional emphasis. In addition to preparing students for medical, dental, and pharmacy schools, the Health Promotion and Global Health programs introduce students to the multifarious educational and career opportunities they can pursue in the field of health.

Final Admission Decisions

All transfer applicants who submit a complete application by the February deadline will receive a request for spring grades or an admission decision by June 2. USC does not have an Early Decision or Early Action program. Only notification from the Office of Admission constitutes an offer of admission.

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Current USC Students

Major Programs

Current USC students interested in declaring the Health Promotion or Global Health major must have a minimum 3.0 USC GPA to be admitted to the program. Students who do not yet meet this requirement are allowed to take courses toward the major while they work to raise their GPA; however, they will not be officially admitted to the program until they obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

To inquire about or declare the Health Promotion or Global Health major, contact an academic advisor to schedule an advisement appointment.

Minor Programs

Keck undergraduate minor programs are open to all (non-Keck) USC students.* There is no GPA requirement for students who wish to pursue any of the following minors:

*Because coursework for any minor program must be taken outside a student’s major department, Health Promotion and Global Health students are not eligible to declare the above Keck minors. The exceptions are the Cinema-Television for the Health Professions minor and the Health Communication minor, in which HP and GH students complete most of their minor requirements through the School of Cinematic Arts and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, respectively.

Students interested in pursuing a Keck minor should contact an academic advisor to schedule an advisement appointment.