Certificate in Pain Medicine

Keck School of Medicine of USC and the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

The Division of Pain Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC and the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC offers an intensive 3-year Master’s degree and a 1-year certificate in Pain Medicine.

This multidisciplinary program is specifically designed for all licensed clinicians (physicians, dentists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, pharmacists, etc.) with a series of didactic courses where students will gain knowledge about the diagnosis, pathobiology and management of pain conditions. The goal of this 1-year Certificate program is to give practicing health care providers didactic, and evidence-based education in the field of Pain Medicine.  The students participate in weekly live online sessions with faculty and other program residents, ensuring a collaborative and social learning experience.

Program Goals and Objectives

Graduates of this program will gain an understanding of the following:

1. Multidimensional nature of pain

2. Pain Assessment and Measurement

3. Management of Pain

4. Clinical Conditions


PAIN-701         Pharmacotherapeutics for Pain  (2 units)
PAIN-702         Pain Classification and Diagnosis – Part 1 (2 units)
PAIN-703         Psychological Aspects of the Pain Experience: Individual and Family (2 Units)
PAIN-704         Pain and Society: Epidemiology and Cultural issues (1 unit)
PAIN-705         Pain Assessment:  History and Physical Examination (1 units)
PAIN-707         Pain Neuroscience (2 units)

Faculty Spotlight

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