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Special University Supplement • Cause Magazine


Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science


The University’s vision is to provide “excellent health and wellness for all persons, peoples, and communities, in a world with- out health disparities”. The University focuses its curriculum on the knowledge and skills needed most to succeed in today’s health care workforce. CDU boasts colleges of medicine, science and health and a school of nursing with undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as certificate programs in:


Degree Programs


Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is a “private University with a public mission”. The University develops a diverse group of health professional leaders who seek social justice, promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion, and are uniquely qualified to transform the health of underserved populations through outstanding education, research, and clinical services in the context of community engagement. Since incorporating in 1966 out of the ashes of the Watts Riots, CDU has been serving South Los Angeles and beyond by working to eliminate health disparities and providing unique, quality education and training opportunities. A premier mission-driven university dedicated to transforming the lives of underserved communities through health professions education, biomedical research and com- passionate patient care, CDU has produced thousands of diverse health care leaders ready to provide care in today’s workforce with excellence and compassion.


The University has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assis- tants and hundreds of other health professionals. The University has earned designation as a minority-serving institution by the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, and its College of Medicine (COM) is rec- ognized by the Department of Education (DOE) as a Historically Black Graduate Institution (HBGI as designated by Title III B). CDU is a charter member of the Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of Hispanic people through research initiatives, training opportunities, and academic development. A report by The California Wellness Foundation estimated that one-third of all minor- ity physicians, practicing in Los Angeles County are graduates of the CDU medical education and/or residency training programs.


• Medical Education (MD degree) – Joint medical education program w/ UCLA • Health and Life Sciences (BS degree) • Health Information Technology (AS degree) - In teach-out at present • Radiologic Technology (AS degree) • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN degree) - Program has two tracks, Entry-Level Masters and Family Nurse Practitioner • Urban Public Health (MPH degree) Certificate Programs • Health and Life Sciences (Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Medicine) • Health Information Technology (Clinical Coding Certificate) – In teach-out at present


• Continuing Medical Education (Certificate of Attendance) Divisional Program


• General Education – No Degrees or Certificates


CDU strives to prepare learners to give back to and improve the health status of underserved communities through innovative bio- medical research, and progressive health policies. By maintaining and expanding relationships with local health professions education and training programs, research institutions and community-based


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