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At the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, we are at the forefront of the aging revolution. USC Leonard Davis faculty, students and alumni bring age-related expertise to a wide array of fields. They conduct research, shape policies and launch initiatives that change the world.

Excelling in Leadership and Service

At the USC Leonard Davis School, service is at the heart of what we do. Our impact and influence extend far beyond our campus, from local initiatives to global institutions.

Our faculty and graduates serve on federal task forces, discover life-changing treatments, pioneer new technologies and so much more. Their efforts affect everything from where people live to how they work, play and stay healthy.

USC Leonard Davis alumni have held leadership roles at organizations including:

  • Advocacy: AARP, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Finance: Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Generator Ventures
  • Government: Administration for Community Living, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Social Security Administration, World Health Organization, Veterans Administration
  • Research: National Bureau of Economic Research, National Institute on Aging
  • Health care and insurance: Kaiser Permanente, Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Senior living: Silverado Senior Living, Front Porch Senior Living, Welltower
  • Higher education: Harvard University; Universities of California; University of Kansas; Syracuse University; Pennsylvania State University; Iowa University

Our Impact by the Numbers

Here’s a snapshot of the USC Leonard Davis community by the numbers.



World’s Largest Selection of Gerontology Programs

including pioneering programs in nutrition, hospitality and the biology of aging


100+ Scientists

including 23 tenured and tenure-track faculty members


in federal research funding, including 40 active National Institutes of Health grants. Promising research has led to multiple biotech companies developing disease interventions.


600+ Students

200% growth since 2012

3,000+ Alumni

making a global impact in health care, policy, business and senior living

Over $500,000

in merit-based scholarships given to students annually

Serving in California and Beyond

Our impact spans the globe — starting in California, where our faculty and alumni lead programs affecting millions of residents statewide. For instance, California has tapped USC Leonard Davis faculty for key advisory roles to develop the state’s Master Plan for Aging.

USC Leonard Davis offers a wide range of institutes, centers, and research cores. These initiatives advance the field of aging and provide avenues for students to apply what they’re learning. Two of these centers also serve the local Los Angeles community, providing important resources for individuals and their loved ones:

A Future-Oriented Perspective

Aging challenges everyone — so gerontologists serve a constantly growing population. By 2040, one in five Americans will be over age 65. In 2050, about 1.6 billion people worldwide will fall in that category.

An aging population needs products, services and solutions at a greater scale than ever before. As a result, there’s a major demand for qualified leaders in the public and private sectors. With the enormous challenges and opportunities our aging world presents, there have never been more ways to make an impact in a meaningful career.

That means gerontologists have even more ways to make an impact.

An Invitation to Make an Impact

As a student, you’ll have opportunities to make a mark from day one, from research and internships to volunteering. We’ll connect you with organizations to fit your skills, interests and professional goals.

You’ll have a chance to make a positive difference in the lives of older adults, whether in direct service roles or working behind the scenes. Join our community of leaders shaping the future of aging.

Discover our Gerontology Programs

Explore our gerontology programs, or contact us to learn more about the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

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