At the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, service is at the heart of what we do. Our impact and influence extend far beyond our campus, from local initiatives to global institutions.
Excelling in Leadership and Service
Our 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 on Aging, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Social Security Administration, United Nations, 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, Kansas, Chicago; Florida State University
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:
Our Impact by the Numbers
Here’s a snapshot of the USC Leonard Davis community by the numbers.
including the Ney Center for Healthspan Science, the Family Caregiver Support Center, the USC Longevity Institute and the USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health
11 World’s Largest Selection of Gerontology Programs
including pioneering programs in nutrition, hospitality and the biology of aging
200% growth since 2012
making a global impact in health care, policy, business and senior living
Over $500,000 in Scholarships
given to students annually
including 25 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.
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 and services at a greater scale than ever before. As a result, there’s a major demand for qualified leaders in the public and private sectors. That means you’ll have even more ways to make an impact, no matter your profession or workplace.
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.