Established in 1880, the University of Southern California is the oldest private research university in the western United States and stands today as a world-renowned research institution. USC operates out of two major Los Angeles campuses: the University Park campus, located approximately one mile southeast of downtown Los Angeles; and the Health Sciences campus, located three miles northeast of downtown.
At approximately 80 acres, the Health Sciences campus offers first-class patient care, classrooms and laboratory resources, and is a major center for basic and clinical research in cancer, ophthalmology, bioengineering, predictive medicine, neuroscience and transplantation biology.
The campus is home to the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the USC School of Pharmacy, and acclaimed programs in occupational therapy and physical therapy. Founded as the USC College of Medicine in 1885, the Keck School is the first and oldest medical school in Southern California, and the USC School of Pharmacy, founded in 1905, was the region’s first professional pharmacy school. The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, established in 1897, has a faculty research presence at the Health Sciences campus as well.
The Health Sciences campus also encompasses two fully owned hospitals, the 411-bed Keck Hospital of USC – 60 bed USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital. Acquired by the university in April 2009, the two hospitals were recognized in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 ranking of America’s Best Hospitals. Both are staffed by faculty physicians, students and residents from the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Launched in December 2009, USC’s Health Sciences campus master planning process has the goal of providing a visionary framework to guide future physical development of the campus and the prosperity of its surrounding neighborhoods and driven by ideals found in the University’s mission.
We are committed to continue building a health sciences and medical enterprise that embraces the needs and aspirations of diverse stakeholders – including patients, referring physicians and other health sciences professionals, hospital and medical partners, civic and government leaders and our neighbors.
Over the years there have been a series of developments across the Health Sciences campus that have shaped the campus, as we know it today.
USC’s Health Sciences Master Plan aims to accommodate future needs in a way that is thoughtful, uses limited land effectively and creates a safe, attractive, sustainable campus and neighboring urban community.
Three principles have guided this effort:
Create a world-class campus that reflects and enhances the delivery of:
- Student Education
- Patient Care
Develop a campus that is efficient, beautiful and offers:
- Improved gateways, streetscapes, gathering places and pedestrian connections
Enhance the capacity for flexible growth by incorporating:
- A logical way for programs to grow incrementally over time in a well-planned, financially feasible and sustainable way
- More amenities (fitness, food, housing, hotel, conference etc.) for the many people who study, work and visit the campus
To read more about the Master Plan, please visit our key documents page.