Degree Requirements

BISC 550A Developmental Origins of Health & Disease 4
BISC 550B Developmental Origins of Health & Disease 4
BISC 552 Bioethics, Health Policy and Human Development 2
BISC 555 Epidemiology of Developmental Origins of Disease 1
BISC 556 Developmental Nutrition and Lifelong Health 1
BISC 557 Emerging Technologies for the Study of Health and Disease 2
BISC 559 DOOHD Seminar Series 4
BISC 558A Capstone Research Project 4
BISC 558B Capstone Research Project 4
BISC 558C Capstone Research Project 4
JOUR 510 Communicating Your Health Story 2

Faculty involved in DOOHD

Our faculty have expertise in a huge diversity of topics, all with the common goal of understanding how exposures to environmental stressors in childhood may lead to disease later in life..

Contact information

Please feel free to contact either of the co-directors below for more information. No question is too small.

Dr. Rusty Lansford

Rusty (on left) combines experimental, computational, and theoretical approaches to understand decision-making in cells and tissues, focusing on questions in cardiovascular and germ cell development. He also investigates how environmental stressors affect early development and lifelong health and disease.

Dr. Matt Dean

Matt (on left) studies the molecular basis of ecological and evolutionary adaptation. He mostly studies reproductive genetics, mostly in mammals – for example, how does exposure to pollution influence sperm biology?

How to Apply

You can apply to the Master’s Degree in Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOOHD) in two different ways. If you are already a USC undergraduate, and have already been working in a lab, you can apply as a “Progressive Degree”. In a nutshell, this means you can earn your Master’s as a “5th year” of your undergraduate degree. For more information, click the “Progressive Degree” link below, and feel free to contact Dr. Rusty Lansford for additional guidance.

Otherwise, you can apply to this Master’s as a stand-alone program. Note that students have the option of completing the degree in one year or two, depending on courseload.

Please apply via the USC Office of Graduate Admission at Button is below. Please note that the application goes “live” in September 2023.

Students admitted into the MS in Developmental Origins of Health & Disease program must apply for financial aid through the main USC Financial Aid Office, which offers low-interest student loans and administers the federal work-study program. Students can apply for several competitive university and external fellowships and awards through the USC Graduate School.