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For the first three years of the PRIME-LC program, Chicano-Latino Studies classes provide students with a different perspective as a complement to the traditional medical school curriculum. Classes are taught in small group discussion sessions, which allows students to participate in robust conversations on important issues regarding Latino culture and healthcare.

Pre-MS1 Summer




International Rotation



Immersion Program

Clinical foundations with Latino health emphasis

Patient-centered (PACE) clerkship in clinics serving Latino communities

Clinical rotations in Santa Ana and other underserved locations.

One month clinical rotation in Latin America.

Options include: MPH, MBA and others

Over 95% match into preferred specialty

Chicano-Latino Studies Seminar

Chicano-Latino Studies Seminar

Chicano-Latino Studies Seminar

"I'm so thankful to PRIME-LC for allowing me the opportunity to receive an MPH along with my medical degree. Through my master's degree, I am learning to work with a multidisciplinary mindset by connecting with people around the world and I am gaining the tools to address the systemic issues my patients face." -Kara Percival, who received her master's in Public Health from Harvard University, and her medical degree from UCI.
PRIME-LC students visit the state capitol in Sacramento to advocate for improving healthcare disparities and learn about healthcare policy.
PRIME-LC students visit U.S.-Mexico border to learn about immigration politics and regulation. Activities include interviewing day laborers and a visit to a border cemetery with Border Angels, a local nonprofit.
PRIME-LC students learn about rural healthcare by interviewing migrant farmworkers as well as shadowing physicians at rural clinics in the Central Valley.