UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP)

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP) is a five-year graduate/medical degree program. The pre-clerkship years are spent at UC Berkeley, engaging in a leading-edge integrated Problem-Based Learning medical curriculum while simultaneously earning a master's degree (MS) in the Health and Medical Sciences at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health. For their MS degrees, students can pursue research in any field of knowledge with a link to human health.  After 2.5 years, our students move across the bay to UCSF to finish their medical education and receive their MDs.

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Master's Degree Requirements

Curriculum

HMEDSCI 261Research Seminar (2 semesters) 2
PB HLTH 250AEpidemiologic Methods I (250B also meets requirement)3
or PB HLTH 250B Epidemiologic Methods II
HMEDSCI 262Qualitative Analysis Thesis Working Group (4 semesters)4
or HMEDSCI 264 Mixed Methods/Community-Based Research Thesis Working Group
or HMEDSCI 265 Epidemiology/Reproductive Health/Evaluation Research Thesis Working Group
or HMEDSCI 267 Bioethics, Medical Humanities, or Archival Thesis Working Group
Upper division or graduate level Biostatistics course
Graduate Elective in research methods, approved by thesis adviser
Graduate Electives in content area of research
Summer field research elective

Capstone/Thesis (Plan I)

A JMP student’s MS coursework and research culminates in the crafting of a thesis, including an in-depth literature review of the student’s area of expertise and a scholarly product, often a manuscript for submission to a journal. Students can pursue research in any field of knowledge with a link to human health.  A database of prior JMP research theses can be accessed at: http://escholarship.org/uc/ucb_ucsf_joint_medical_program

Courses

Health and Medical Sciences Program

HMEDSCI 200A PBL Classroom 10 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2006, Fall 2005, Fall 2004
The six semester sequence (200A-200F) introducing principles of the medical basic science, health policy, public health, and clinical aspects of medicine taught in a contextual-integrated case-based format. The sequence includes curriculum in biochemistry, histology, microbiology, immunology, neuroanatomy, pathology, physiology, pharmacology, and clinical sciences.

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HMEDSCI 200B Contextual Integrated Case-Based Curriculum 10 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2007, Spring 2006, Spring 2005
The six semester sequence (200A-200F) introducing principles of the medical basic science, health policy, public health, and clinical aspects of medicine taught in a contextual-integrated case-based format. The sequence includes curriculum in biochemistry, histology, microbiology, immunology, neuroanatomy, pathology, physiology, pharmacology, and clinical sciences.

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HMEDSCI 200C Problem Based Learning Classroom 10 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2006, Fall 2005, Fall 2004
The six semester sequence (200A-200F) introducing principles of the medical basic science, health policy, public health, and clinical aspects of medicine taught in a contextual-integrated case-based format. The sequence includes curriculum in biochemistry, histology, microbiology, immunology, neuroanatomy, pathology, physiology, pharmacology, and clinical sciences.

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HMEDSCI 200D Problem Based Learning Classroom 10 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2008, Spring 2007, Spring 2006
The six semester sequence (200A-200F) introducing principles of the medical basic science, health policy, public health, and clinical aspects of medicine taught in a contextual-integrated case-based format. The sequence includes curriculum in biochemistry, histology, microbiology, immunology, neuroanatomy, pathology, physiology, pharmacology, and clinical sciences.

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HMEDSCI 200E Problem Based Learning Classroom 10 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2006, Fall 2005, Fall 2004
The six semester sequence (200A-200F) introducing principles of the medical basic science, health policy, public health, and clinical aspects of medicine taught in a contextual-integrated case-based format. The sequence includes curriculum in biochemistry, histology, microbiology, immunology, neuroanatomy, pathology, physiology, pharmacology, and clinical sciences.

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HMEDSCI 200F Contextual Integrated Case-Based Curriculum 7 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2007, Spring 2006, Spring 2005
The six semester sequence (200A-200F) introducing principles of the medical basic science, health policy, public health, and clinical aspects of medicine taught in a contextual-integrated case-based format. The sequence includes curriculum in biochemistry, histology, microbiology, immunology, neuroanatomy, pathology, physiology, pharmacology, and clinical sciences.

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HMEDSCI 202A Clinical Skills 1 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2006
The first course in a six-semester sequence introducing first-year medical students to the skills necessary to obtain a complete medical history, to manage successfully the dynamics of the doctor-patient interaction, and to master interpersonal communication skills required of doctors in a clinical setting.

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HMEDSCI 202B Clinical Skills 2 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2007, Spring 2006, Spring 2005
Students learn the cardiovascular, pulmonary, eye, and gastrointestinal exam and practice a complete medical history and physical exam with their preceptor. The dynamics of the physician-patient relationship are discussed on an ongoing basis with both the preceptor and the faculty instructor. Each student is required to turn in at least five patient write-ups per term.

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HMEDSCI 202C Clinical Skills 3 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2007
Students learn the neurologic, musculo-skeletal, ear, nose, throat, thyroid, and skin exam and practice the medical history and physical exam with their preceptor. The dynamics of the physician-patient relationship are discussed on an ongoing basis. Each student is required to turn in at least five patient write-ups per term.

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HMEDSCI 202D Clinical Skills 4 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2008, Spring 2007, Spring 2006
Students learn the male genito-urinary exam and practice the complete medical history and physical exam with their preceptor. The dynamics of the physician-patient relationship are discussed on an ongoing basis. Each student is required to turn in at least five patient write-ups per term.

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HMEDSCI 202E Clinical Skills 5 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2006, Fall 2005, Fall 2004
Students learn the gynecologic exam and practice the complete medical history and physical exam with their preceptor. The dynamics of the physician-patient relationship are discussed on an ongoing basis. Each student is required to turn in at least five patient write-ups per term.

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HMEDSCI 202F Clinical Skills 6 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2007, Spring 2006, Spring 2005
Under supervision, students perform a complete history and physical exam on hospitalized or clinic patients five times during the semester. They present the patients in written and verbal format to the instructor and class. These presentations are critiqued and the tools to effectively present cases are taught. The course runs for the first half of the student's last semester in the program. Each student is required to turn in three patient
write-ups.
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HMEDSCI 203 Introduction to Clinical Radiology/Anatomy Correlates 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 2015 10 Week Session, Summer 2006 10 Week Session, Summer 2005 10 Week Session
An introduction for medical students to the study of radiology and the examination of healthy and diseased organs by imaging techniques, correlated with the Gross Anatomy and Anatomy of Human Development courses. Areas that will be covered include introduction to the major organ systems through the use of radiographs.

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HMEDSCI 211 Narrative and Medicine 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2008, Spring 2007, Spring 2002
This course's goal is to provide a method for medical students to think, write about, and discuss feelings engendered by clinical encounters. Medical students are taught the need to be emotionally detached from patients, yet being emotionally detached does not mean devoid of emotion. This course offers a means to express and analyze those feelings. Also considered is the value of regarding the medical history as "text" which can
be written and read from differing, equally valid viewpoints.
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HMEDSCI 216 Clinical Medicine 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017
Clinical Medicine at the JMP is designed to learn and practice the basic skills, knowledge and professionalism needed for the practice of medicine. Students enroll in the course for four consecutive semesters during their first and second years.

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HMEDSCI 261 Research Seminar 2 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2015 10 Week Session, Spring 2013, Spring 2010
A seminar to help Joint Medical Program students acquire skills necessary to define a research question, find appropriate mentorship, and design a research project. Summer course introduces research design, methods, and expectations for M.S. research in Health and Medical Sciences. Fall and spring semesters address topics in research; student progress toward M.S. thesis is reviewed and critiqued. Development of research plan
, protocol design and implementation, and research findings will be reviewed. Each student takes this course three times in the first year.
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HMEDSCI 262 Qualitative Analysis Thesis Working Group 3 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2000, Spring 1999, Spring 1998
The Qualitative Analysis TWG provides JMP students a supportive small group student-centered environment in which to discuss their qualitative research with other students engaged in qualitative research towards the goal of the successful completion of the required JMP MS.

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HMEDSCI 264 Mixed Methods/Community-Based Research Thesis Working Group 3 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
The Mixed Methods/Community-based Research TWG provides JMP students a supportive small group student-centered environment in which to discuss their research with other students engaged or interested in mixed methods/community-based research projects towards the goal of the successful completion of the required JMP MS.

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HMEDSCI 265 Epidemiology/Reproductive Health/Evaluation Research Thesis Working Group 3 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
The Epidemiology/Reproductive Health/ Evaluation TWG provides JMP students a supportive small group student-centered environment in which to discuss their research with other students engaged in Epidemiology/Reproductive Health/ Evaluation projects towards the goal of the successful completion of the required JMP MS.

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HMEDSCI 266 Clinical Medicine/Bench Research/Clinical Epi/Behavioral Thesis Working Group 3 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 1998 10 Week Session, Spring 1998, Summer 1997 10 Week Session
The Clinical Medicine/Bench Research/Clinical Epi/Behavioral TWG provides JMP students a supportive small group student-centered environment in which to discuss their Clinical Medicine/Bench Research/Clinical Epi/Behavioral projects towards the goal of the successful completion of the required JMP MS.

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HMEDSCI 267 Bioethics, Medical Humanities, or Archival Thesis Working Group 3 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
The Bioethics, Medical Humanities TWG provides JMP students a supportive small group student-centered environment in which to discuss their research with other students engaged in Bioethics, Medical Humanities projects towards the goal of the successful completion of the required JMP MS.

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HMEDSCI 296 Special Study 1 - 10 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
Designed to permit qualified graduate students to pursue special study under the direction of a faculty member.

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HMEDSCI 298 Directed Group Study 1 - 5 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2011
Group study for graduate students. Intensive examination of health-related topics.

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HMEDSCI 299 Independent Study and Research in Health and Medical Sciences 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2007, Fall 2006, Spring 2006
Independent study, research, and writing in an area related to program of study, sponsored by an approved faculty member and approved by program adviser.

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Faculty and Instructors

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Faculty

Colette (Coco) Auerswald, Associate Professor. Cultural and social context for HIV and STD-related behaviors in marginalized youth populations.
Research Profile

Amin Azzam, Associate Clinical Professor. Medical education scholarship: Specifically, the efficacy of various instructional approaches in stimulating medical students' acquisition, retention, and application of content knowledge in their evolving roles as clinicians.
Research Profile

Lela R. Bachrach, Assistant Clinical Professor. Health of underserved populations, Adolescent health, Access to care, Violence prevention, Language barriers and health literacy, International health, Nutrition.
Research Profile

John R. Balmes, Professor. Effects of exposure to pollution, effects of pesticides on respiratory health, arsenic in drinking water, psychosocial stress.

Ronald Dahl, Professor. Decision-making, adolescence, brain development, behavioral and emotional health, pubertal maturation, affective neuroscience, social neuroscience.
Research Profile

Lori Freedman, Lecturer.

Amy Garlin, Associate Clinical Professor.
Research Profile

Jodi Halpern, Professor. Public health, bioethics, patient autonomy.
Research Profile

Jessie Heminway, Medical Curriculum Manager.

Susan Ivey, Associate Adjunct Professor. Public health, health disparities, interventions, community-based participatory research.
Research Profile

Tracey Jones, Student Academic Advisor.

Douglas Jutte, Associate Adjunct Professor. Health resilience and vulnerability in children, The interaction of biological and social risk factors in early childhood and their relationship to long-term health and educational outcomes.

Claudia Landau, Associate Clinical Professor.

Leanna Lewis, Program Manager.

Kristine Madsen, Associate Professor. Pediatric obesity, health disparities, school health, community-based participatory research.

Aisha Mays, Primary Care Physician.

Marilyn McEntyre, Adjunct Professor.

Guy Micco, Clinical Professor. Aging/old age, suffering, and death, the medical humanities.
Research Profile

Osagie Obasogie, Professor. Law, bioethics, reproductive and genetic technologies.

Kent Olson, Clinical Professor. Diagnosis and management of acute poisoning, Cost-effectiveness of poison control centers, Case development in the JMP case-based curriculum, General Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology.
Research Profile

Ndola Prata, Professor in Residence. Community-base access to care, maternal mortality, population and family planning, safe abortion, adolescent reproductive health in developing countries, postpartum hemorrhage.
Research Profile

Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, Clinical Professor. Nutrition, maternal-child health, early childhood health, oral health, child health in developing countries, children's health in child care, parenting education, health education for low literacy populations, health disparities.
Research Profile

Lecturers

Jennifer Breckler, Lecturer. Research on student learning styles and career choice. Projects include creating new hands-on kinesthetic ways for students to engage in and learn about science.
Research Profile

Hana Dan-Cohen, Lecturer. Integration of the basic sciences with a clinical curriculum in medical education.
Research Profile

Sara Hartley, Lecturer. The interpersonal domain of doctor-patient interaction, The interview, Mind/brain models.
Research Profile

Tim Nicholls, Lecturer. Medical informatics, Medical education, Noninvasive monitoring, Vaccine refusal.
Research Profile

Judith Stanton, Lecturer.

Melanie Thomas, Lecturer. Socioeconomically marginalized groups, Persons with mental illness, women's mental health, Pregnancy, Obesity, Health disparities.

Emeritus Faculty

Richard Quint, Clinical Professor Emeritus.

Ann Stevens, Clinical Professor Emerita. Women's health issues, Medical education, Physician/patient relationship.
Research Profile

John Swartzberg, Clinical Professor Emeritus. Social epidemiology, community interventions.
Research Profile

Contact Information

UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program

570 University Hall

Phone: 510-642-5479

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Director, UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program

John Balmes, MD

Phone: 510-643-4702

jbalmes@medsfgh.ucsf.edu

Director, JMP Master's Program

Colette (Coco) Auerswald, MD, MS

coco.auerswald@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Affairs Officer

Tracey Jones

Phone: 510-642-5671

jmp@berkeley.edu

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