Health Promotion Disease Prevention Major

<p>I am currently attending a community college and I intend on transferring to USC. Aside from their smaller population and family like alumni, I was also intrigued by the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention major. </p>

<p>Does anyone know about this major or is anyone in this major? If so, would this be a better major than bio for pre-med students?</p>

<p>I contacted someone from USC about the major because I'm interested as well, and this is the e-mail I got back: </p>

<p>Hi Elisa,</p>

<p>I am so glad that you are interested in the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies (HP) Program, a part of USC’s Department of Preventive Medicine. The B.S. Health Promotion major provides excellent preparation for students considering careers as doctors, dentists, pharmacists, physician assistants, optometrists, researchers, public health advocates, or professionals in allied health fields. Some of our students have also chosen to use the major as a foundation for graduate study in health law or health journalism. Still others have chosen to begin careers as nutritionists, wellness consultants, and health educators immediately after they graduate.</p>

<p>HP will absolutely prepare you for medical school. The majority of HP students are pre-med, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, or go on to pursue master's degrees in public health. While there is no formal advantage to choosing HP, our students who apply to graduate programs are very successful, as they not only have completed the pre-requisite science classes, but they also have a strong understanding of health and wellness as a whole. Additionally, HP students are required to complete at least two units of directed research, where students work one-on-one with a faculty member to conduct research in an area of interest to them. This research is valuable experience on their application and can lead to a great recommendation letter.</p>

<p>If you would like to email me your mailing address, I will send you some information about the classes our students take, what some of our alumni are doing, descriptions of our faculty's research, and what you can do with a major in HP. I'm happy to talk with you anytime to discuss our program and further explain the benefits of choosing HP as a major. There is not a supplemental application to switch to the HP major. If you attend Explore USC, Preview USC, or the Admitted Student Reception, please know that you are more than welcome to attend the HP info sessions. If you are still interested in switching your major to HP, we can do so at orientation or at any time once you start attending USC. Please email or call me at 213.821.1602 if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you soon.</p>


<p>Carrie Robinson
Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Studies
University of Southern California
3375 S Hoover St, UVI E210
Los Angeles CA 90089-7798

<p>Now I'm waiting for the information she mailed me :-)
Hope this helps!</p>

<p>Thanks a lot!</p>