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 Health and Medical Sciences Program

(School of Public Health)

Program Office: 570 University Hall, (510) 642-5479
Director: Ann Stevens, M.D.

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Program Overview

UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. A five-year program leading to a Master of Science degree in Health and Medical Sciences from UC Berkeley and a M.D. from UCSF. The program’s mission is to produce academic and community leaders in American medicine through early exposure to public health disciplines, medical humanities, bioethics, and social and behavioral sciences. Berkeley awards the master’s degree upon successful completion of the first three years of work and UCSF awards the medical degree after successful completion of the fourth and fifth years. The master’s program is coordinated with both a clinical skills curriculum and a case-based preclerkship science curriculum during the first three years. The master’s curriculum requires a minimum of 20 additional units of academic coursework as well as the researching and writing of a thesis. Students are expected to acquire mastery of the preclerkship sciences and scholarly expertise in a selected area of interest related to health. Students selected for this program meet the rigorous academic requirements for entrance into both medical school and graduate school. The selection process screens for students who have a strong interest in determinants of human health and disease beyond the purely medical and who seek a collaborative small-group process for learning.

Admissions. Applicants to the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program must be eligible for admission to the University in graduate standing, with an undergraduate upper division GPA of at least 3.0, and a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. They must have fulfilled the standard premedical requirements and have taken the Medical College Admission Test (instead of the GRE) within three years of application. Initial application is via AMCAS, and admission is coordinated with the School of Medicine at UCSF.

For more detailed information about the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, call (510) 642-5671 or go to

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