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Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

The Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science is training the next generation of health professionals through education, research, and clinical services. This private, non-profit school was founded in 1966 in response to inadequate medical facilities in the Watts region of Los Angeles. Later, the institution became a university and changed its name to reflect its academic role.

Through innovative science, the university is preparing physicians and health professionals to care for under served populations. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, the university provides a richly diverse patient population.


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The school was named for Dr. Charles R. Drew, who pioneered work in blood preservation. His dedication to learning and sharing knowledge is a cornerstone of the university’s mission.

By maintaining and expanding relationships with local medical schools, research institutions, and community-based organizations, Drew is striving to eliminate health disparities by providing access to and delivery of healthcare services to underserved populations. The university’s programs include a Master's of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Master of Science, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Medicine, General Studies, Master's in Urban Public Health, Phlebotomy, Life Sciences, Health Information Technology, and Radiography.