Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science provides unique academic programs to expand the educational capacity of underrepresented youth to ensure their long-term success, health, and well-being. CDU currently offers Pre-K to 12th grade student’s pathway to careers in medicine, science, research and health through our various pipeline programs which include:
- Saturday Science Academy II
- Pathways to Public Health Careers Academy
- CDU MedSimulations
- CDU Community STEMM Labs
- Los Angeles Pediatric Society (LAPS)
- Community Health Youth Advocates
- Public Health Professions Pathways Program
All of the programs encourage students to become dedicated leaders in their field who strive to address social injustice, health inequities and disparities in underserved communities. CDU’s pipeline programs provide mentorship and inspirational experiences that form a foundation for minority youth to succeed and strengthen their academic skills.
CDU’s Pipeline Programs have been preparing underrepresented PK-12th-grade students for careers in science and healthcare through an engaging curriculum and hands-on STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities for over 30 years. The curriculum, aligned with California’s Common Core Math and Next Generation Science Standards, deepens and sustains student interest in science and health education. Students are introduced to human anatomy, physiology, math, engineering, physical science, plant life, mental health, public health and marine biology in learning intensive programs. Programs are held on the campus of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and in various communities throughout South Los Angeles. This broad offering motivates students toward a STEMM-education and career.