The two-year online Master of Science in Community Medicine program at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA will prepare community medicine practitioners and leaders who work in underserved and underrepresented communities for careers devoted to improving health, preventing illness and injury, and detecting treatable medical conditions early enough to avoid premature death and unnecessary poor health.

The MSCM program is the first master’s program offered within KGI’s School of Medicine, and is scheduled to begin in fall 2021. The brand-new program is on the cutting edge of community medicine; the first cohort will receive full tuition waivers—and, in turn—will help to shape the program and curriculum for future cohorts.

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Online Classes

All courses will be taught online to increase access to the program from anywhere in the country.

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Community-Based Learning

Students identify an appropriate community setting or select from one provided by the MSCM program to serve as the student’s hands-on learning “laboratory” throughout their two years.

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Job Readiness

Graduates will be qualified to work in community medicine immediately, or be prepared to pursue medical school or other advanced healthcare professions.

The 54-credit MSCM program prepares students as skilled community medicine practitioners to work in the safety net community clinics, federally qualified health centers, public health departments, healthcare systems, non-governmental organizations, and industries that serve those communities.

All courses are taught entirely online, with real-world, community-based experiences occurring in the student’s geographical location.

In the first year, students take courses to build their knowledge foundation and complete a capstone learning experience. Based on whether the student wants to pursue employment following graduation or continue onto medical school, relevant electives will be offered. Students complete an additional two foundational courses in the second year and apply their mastered knowledge to real-life experiences with a second capstone project. Learn more about the curriculum.

Why KGI’s MSCM program and not an MPH?

The Master of Science in Community Medicine is somewhat similar to a Master of Public Health, but with distinct differences:

  • A Master of Public Health is a broad, general public health graduate degree that prepares public health professionals to work in a wide range of public health and community settings, and whose general purpose is to improve health.
  • KGI’s Master of Science in Community Medicine is a focused, skills, and knowledge-based graduate degree that prepares leaders and practitioners who work in underserved and underrepresented communities to decrease demand for medical care services by improving health and preventing disease and illness.

Read more about the differences between a MPH and MSCM.

What can I do with this degree?

After graduating with an MSCM degree, students are qualified to enter the workforce directly or seek further training as physicians or other health professionals.

Top potential occupations (entering the workforce directly):

  • Public health advisor
  • Epidemiologist
  • Medical administrator
  • Health director
  • Biostatistician
  • Healthcare educator
  • Environmental Scientist

Top potential occupations (after additional professional training):

  • Physician
  • Dentist
  • Physician assistant
  • Pharmacist
  • Other health professional

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Will I be responsible for finding my own clinical site?

  • Yes, you are responsible for finding your own clinical site and it must be approved by KGI faculty. Considering our students will reside in cities across the country, we know that you may have existing connections or interest with sites in your area. If you are unable to find a site, we will help you find a clinical site.

What is the GPA requirement for the program?

  • 2.80 or higher

What are the prerequisites for the program?

  • There are no prerequisite majors or courses for this program. We are looking to recruit a diverse group of students, regardless of their previous background or coursework. We are focused on admitting students who are dedicated to working in underserved or underrepresented communities.

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