About the Program

In USC’s Master’s in Neuroimaging and Informatics program, you will learn to delve into the workings of the human brain. Lectures and hands-on activities taught by renowned neuroimaging faculty will guide you through best practices and cutting edge techniques for MRI acquisition and analyses, “big data” management, and more. Join the ranks of our previous students in prestigious PhD and medical programs or exciting research positions (See Featured Alumni). Jump-start your career in neuroimaging by applying today.

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Research Opportunities

Although independent research is not required for completion of the master’s program, the skills you will acquire through lectures and hands-on activities in the NIIN program will make you a valuable addition to neuroimaging laboratories. Our program schedules classes so that they are grouped together. This provides our students with blocks of time in which they may gain valuable neuroimaging laboratory research experience that will greatly enhance future job prospects or PhD and medical program applications. Research opportunities range from methods-based neuroimaging research to a wide variety of disease-based or neuropsychological topics. If you are interested in gaining supplementary research experience while in the NIIN program, please directly contact the lab that interests you in an email that includes your curriculum vitae (CV) and request to volunteer. You can find online lists of our NIIN faculty here. A complete list of faculty who perform neuroimaging studies at USC can be found here (http://profiles.sc-ctsi.org/search/).

Auditing classes

To request to audit, fill out a petition form and send it to niin@ini.usc.edu. The subject line of the email should read 'Petition to Audit' followed by your name (i.e., Petition to Audit - Tommy Trojan).

Please note the information from the USC Catalogue below:
“Auditors pay the regular tuition rate. Auditors are not required to participate in class exercises (discussions and examinations); they receive no grades or credit and there is no transcript notation of courses taken for audit. An instructor, dean or university officer may give permission to an individual to attend a class as a guest. Otherwise, attendance in class is limited to enrolled students.”

Deadline to petition to audit: 7 days prior to the start of classes for the semester, or the nearest working day to that date.

Progressive-degree option

If you are a junior at USC, have at least a 3.0 grade point average, and have already completed between 64 and 96 total units of undergraduate course work, inclusive, you may qualify for our progressive degree option. This option enables high-performing USC undergraduates to work toward a master’s degree while still completing requirements for a bachelor’s degree. As a progressive degree applicant, you can apply for our program without submitting GRE or MCAT scores. Further details and the progressive degree application can be found by visiting https://undergrad.usc.edu/programs/progressive/requirements/ and the progressive degree application can be found here: The Progressive Degrees Program Form.

Part-time degree option

Please discuss options for course completion with the NIIN Program Director, Dr. Van Horn (jack.vanhorn@loni.usc.edu) before applying.

FALL Course Offerings

NIIN 500 Neuroimaging and Systems Neuroscience

Credits: 3; Semester: Fall
This course will provide a detailed overview of elemental neuroanatomy and brain systems with an emphasis on a neuroimaging perspective in the human and mouse. Examples from clinical cases and their consequences on behavior will be explored.
Location: Hastings Auditorium in the Hoffman building at HSC

NIIN 510 Fundamentals of Human Neuroimaging

Credits: 3; Semester: Fall
Survey of anatomical and functional neuroimaging approaches and their use to explore the healthy as well as diseased human brain.
Location: Hastings Auditorium in the Hoffman building at HSC

NIIN 530 Neuroimaging Data Acquisition with Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Credits: 3; Semester: Fall
This course introduces the various approaches that can be used to image the living brain using MR-based techniques. The course covers neuroimaging scanning technologies, pulse sequence design, and sources of image artifact.
Location: Hastings Auditorium in the Hoffman building at HSC

NIIN 540 Neuroimaging Data Processing Methods

Credits: 3; Semester: Fall
A comprehensive investigation of data processing methods, software strategies, and workflow design and execution methodologies.
Location: Hastings Auditorium in the Hoffman building at HSC

NIIN 597 Current Topics in Neuroimaging Informatics

Credits: 1; Semester: Fall
Leading researchers in the areas of basic and clinical brain imaging, computational methods, and informatics present lectures on their work to NIIN students, local USC faculty, and staff. NIIN students will offer their written comment and critique of these interactive presentations.
Location: Hastings Auditorium in the Hoffman building at HSC

Spring Course Offerings

NIIN 520 Experimental Design for Neuroimaging

Credits: 3; Semester: Spring
An examination of study design approaches for experimental and clinical neuroimaging investigation. Topics include how to develop rigorous experiments to test theories of cognitive and clinical neuroscience.
Location: Hastings Auditorium in the Hoffman building at HSC

NIIN 550 Computational Modeling in Neuroimaging

Credits: 3; Semester: Spring
Lectures addressing the current neuroinformatics approaches to large-scale data representations, mining, and visualization in brain imaging. Applications in clinical samples will be presented and discussed.
Location: Hastings Auditorium in the Hoffman building at HSC

NIIN 560 Brain Architecture and Neuroanatomic Exploratory Techniques in Animal Models

Credits: 3; Semester: Spring
Introduction to basic theories and methodological approaches to neuroanatomy in animal models including histology, microscopy, behavioral investigations, and neuroinformatics.
Location: Hastings Auditorium in the Hoffman building (lecture) & McKibben Addition 346 (lab) at HSC

NIIN 570 Neuroimaging Genetics

Credits: 3; Semester: Spring
Lectures on human genetics and epigenetics. We discuss how applying these concepts to brain imaging advances our understanding of healthy development and neurological disease. The class emphasizes critical thinking applied both to designing neuroimaging genetics studies and to assessing neuroimaging genetics literature.
Location: Hastings Auditorium in the Hoffman building at HSC

NIIN 598 Neuroimaging and Informatics External Speaker Seminar Series

Credits: 1; Semester: Spring
Reading and discussion of recent papers by the visiting speaker and attendance at the speaker’s seminar. A culminating course activity involves a debate among NIIN students over the value of neuroimaging and informatics for the examination of a student selected topic.
Location: Hastings Auditorium in the Hoffman building at HSC

NIIN Course Academic Year Timeline
Fall 500 3 9-10am 9-11am Van Horn
Fall 510 3 10-11am 1-3pm Clark, Jann
Fall 530 3 9-10am 1-3pm Wang and Yan
Fall 540 3 10-11am 10-12pm Jahanshad, Kim
Fall 597 1 3-4pm Rotating Faculty
Spring 520 3 10-11am 10-12pm Pa
Spring 550 3 9-10am 1-3pm Shi
Spring 560 3 9-10am 9-11am Dong, Hintiryan
Spring 570 3 10-11am 1-3pm Braskie
Spring 598 1 3-4pm Rotating Faculty

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