Graduate and Professional

Graduate and Professional

Graduate and Professional Programs

Charles Drew University offers three graduate programs:

  • Master of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Public Health
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Master of Public Health

The MPH Program in Urban Public Health seeks to improve the health of urban populations through graduate education of public health practitioners, urban-relevant scholarship, and community service specifically targeting the determinants of health disparities in underserved communities. The program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

For additional information, write to or call (323) 563-4839.

Master of Science in Nursing

The Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science offers an MSN graduate program with two tracks: Entry Level Track and Family Nurse Practitioner Track.

The Entry Level MSN Track is designed for non-nurses who hold baccalaureate degrees in non-nursing fields and who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in nursing. Graduates of this program are prepared at the generalist level to assume the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) role at the point of care and are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) and the CNL certification examination.

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track is designed for nurses holding BSN degrees. Graduates assume responsibility for the provision of healthcare in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention, and clinical management of primary care conditions. Additionally, graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the FNP national certification examinations through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

The MSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN) and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

For additional information, write to or call (323) 563-4839.

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

The Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program provides unique, quality training in the scholarly and humane aspects of medicine and fosters the development of our future health care leaders who will advance the overall health in underserved communities in the United States and abroad. Students are selected on the strength of their academic record and on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to serving underserved communities with compassion. Each year, twenty-four students enroll in the four-year community-based medical education program. Our students represent the full range of gender, ethnic, and educational diversity, which contributes to the strength of our program.
Students admitted to the Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program benefit from both CDU and UCLA in a combined curriculum. The two years of the program are conducted at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and focus on the development of a firm foundation in the basic sciences with an emphasis on clinical applications. The last two years of the program are spent on the CDU campus and in affiliated clinics and hospitals. Our small student-to-faculty ratio allows for students to benefit from intensive interaction with supervising faculty and to have hands-on clinical experience treating patients.
For information about applying to the CDU/UCLA Medical Education Program in the College of Medicine, please contact (323) 563-4952.