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The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

We're making life aging communities care better.

Leaders in improving health and wellbeing for all ages.

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A Legacy of Excellence

Rooted in a world-class research university and located in one of the most vibrant cities on earth, the USC Leonard Davis School is a global pioneer in gerontology education, research, policy and service. Founded in 1975, we are the world’s first, largest and most renowned educational institution on aging. Through discovery, advocacy and leadership, our faculty, students and alumni are creating the future of aging – and living –  well.

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Solutions Start Here

USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology faculty are at the forefront of their fields and are behind scientific breakthroughs that benefit older adults around the world. They drive innovations in genetic research and big data analytics to unlock better treatment and prevention for age-related diseases, explore digital technologies that can support independence, social connection and health, and advance understanding of how to improve living environments for people of all ages.

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A Difference You Can Count On

By the Numbers


million in yearly federal research funding


alumni making a global impact


world’s largest selection of gerontology programs

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Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

Doctorate in Longevity Arts and Sciences

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Recent News

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July 18, 2024

Column: Should an Aging Leader Step Aside? (Harvard Business Review, Next Avenue)

July 15, 2024

Can we change how our brains age? These scientists think it’s possible (BBC)

June 28, 2024

Column: How’d the grandpa debaters do? Three experts on aging size up Biden, Trump (LA Times)

June 25, 2024

How Pregnancy Affects Aging, New Model Organisms for Aging Research, HRT (The Optispan Podcast with Matt Kaeberlein)

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Our mission is to promote healthy aging for everyone. Your vital support helps us provide the world’s leading education, research and outreach in the fields of aging and geroscience. Thanks to gifts from our generous donors, our students, alumni, faculty, and scientists are improving lives for people of all ages today and for generations to come. With your help, we are not just looking forward to a future of better aging, we are creating it.

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