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Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is a private, nonprofit, community-founded, student-centered University committed to cultivating diverse health professional leaders dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations outstanding education, clinical service, and community engagement. CDU is also a leader in health disparities research focusing on education, training, treatment, and care in cancer, diabetes, cardiometabolic, and HIV/AIDS.
In the five decades since the school was incorporated in the Watts-Willowbrook area of Los Angeles in 1966, CDU has graduated more than 575 physicians, 1,200 physician assistants, and over a thousand other health professionals as training over 2,700 physician specialists through its sponsored residency programs. Its School of Nursing has graduated over 1000 nursing professionals, including more than 600 family nurse practitioners.
CDU has earned designation as a minority-serving institution by the U.S. Office for Civil Rights and is recognized by the Department of Education (DOE) under Title III B as a Historically Black Graduate Institution (HBGI). The University is also a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.
Over 70 percent of graduates since 2000 are from underrepresented backgrounds: CDU is the second most diverse four-year private nonprofit college in the nation, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education (August 2017). A California Wellness Foundation report estimated that one‐third of all minority physicians practicing in Los Angeles County are graduates of the CDU medical school and residency training programs. Moreover, more than 80 percent of CDU students report returning to practice and provide much-needed care in underserved communities following graduation.
CDU has evolved and grown, shaped by the needs of the community it serves. The institution benefits from its location and the corresponding diversity and complexity of its population by creating an academic environment unlike any other that features the "CDU Advantage," a curriculum based on five specific pillars—research, social justice, international exposure, experiential education, and health policy—that gives CDU graduates both solid preparation to practice in their chosen field of healthcare, and a proper understanding of health disparities, health policy, and social justice.
The University is named after Dr. Charles R. Drew, a brilliant, pioneering African-American physician who overcame long odds and racism in the early and mid-20th century to produce seminal work on blood banking and blood plasma storage transfusion. He was also a distinguished surgeon and chair of surgery at Howard University. His dedication to learning and sharing knowledge to benefit humanity is the inspiration for the University.
CDU strives to improve the health status of underserved communities through innovative biomedical research and progressive health policies. By maintaining and expanding relationships with local health professions schools, research institutions, and community-based organizations, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science strives to eliminate health disparities by providing access to and delivering healthcare services to underserved populations.
Excellent health and wellness for all in a world without health disparities. Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science is a private nonprofit student-centered University that is committed to cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement.
Students who are high school graduates or transfer students seek an Associate or Bachelor's degree at CDU. Students are seeking to continue their education by pursuing a Certificate, Masters, or Doctorate at CDU. The University welcomes applications from all international students.
The University welcomes applications from all international students. Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students with an F1 Student Visa. The term "International Student" refers to any student who is not a permanent resident or naturalized citizen of the United States.
CDU requires a course-to-course evaluation that lists all subjects/courses completed at the post-secondary level, a U.S. semester credit and grade equivalent for each course, a U.S. grade point average (GPA), the level of undergraduate courses designated as lower or upper-division, and the degree awarded with the title and date conferred.
The CDU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is committed to providing each student with the individualized attention they deserve. All eligible students who qualify are provided financial aid based on demonstrated financial need and availability of funds.
Our research teams have made a difference in our community in our short history in areas ranging from cancer health disparities research, HIV/AIDS research, cardiometabolic research, mental health, and health services/policy research. Also, CDU has trained and will continue to train highly competitive and award-winning students and trainees, including undergraduate, graduate, medical students, and fellows and junior faculty in performing multi-faceted translational research on health disparities. Our research efforts have garnered numerous national and international recognition, awards, and competitive grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense (DOD), and other national sources.

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