The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded $1.5 million to the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Department of Population and Public Health Sciences. The grant is dedicated toward the provision of scholarships for Master of Public Health degrees.

The Keck School department was one of only 29 in the nation to receive this funding.

The money will launch the Trojan Scholars for Advancement in Public Health program to provide workforce development for students pursuing careers in local public health departments and community-based organizations. The inaugural program comes on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, which witnessed a strain on local public health departments and fueled an interest in public health professions.

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