Certificate in Pain Medicine

The online Certificate in Pain Medicine is a joint program between two prestigious USC schools, the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. The online program is suitable for practicing health professionals from a wide variety of fields, including physicians, dentists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, pharmacists and more.

The Certificate in Pain Medicine is an online program with a total 7 courses (12 academic units), specifically designed for the practicing professional who wants to improve skills and gain expertise to deliver the best care for patients with complex pain conditions.

The curriculum is designed with a series of didactic courses in which students will gain knowledge about the diagnosis, pathobiology and management of pain conditions. The goal of this one-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 students, ensuring a collaborative and social learning experience. There are two to three courses per trimester, with two to four streaming video lectures for viewing each week. After each video lecture students complete an associated online quiz (comprising multiple choice, short answer or fill-in questions).

Career Options

Graduates can find careers in the below fields:


Faculty positions in public and community health academic programs


Specialized knowledge to provide the depth needed to promote and address the health crises and health care challenges


Positions available in schools and universities, private practice, non-profit organizations, medical centers, community health centers as well as local and state departments


Research being conducted related to pain medicine at health institutes, local and national public health departments and private companies


Workplace advancement opportunities in federal, state, local, private, non-profit and non-governmental organizations

Clinical Practice

Clinician to address the needs of vulnerable populations in hospitals, universities, governmental agencies and private businesses


Private companies and governmental organizations seek those with knowledge on emerging importance for health in all communities

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