About the Program
The UC Berkeley–UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP) attracts people who are passionately dedicated to improving the world’s health through scholarly self-directed yet collaborative inquiry. This is reflected in both the medical curriculum and master’s program.
The masters program provides a broad trans-disciplinary exploration of the social determinants of health, health systems science, population health, health equity, and data science. Students have access to a large range of research topics which is part of what makes the JMP MS unique. Concurrently, students participate in an innovative student-led, faculty supported Foundational Sciences curriculum through Problem-Based Learning (PBL).
As part of the UC Berkeley campus community, our 16 students per cohort are supported by a multidisciplinary, close-knit, and inter-professional team of faculty and staff, committed to individualized support for students’ success.
Master's Degree Requirements
|HMEDSCI 261||Research Seminar (2 semesters)||2|
|PB HLTH 250A||Epidemiologic Methods I (250B also meets requirement)||3|
|or PB HLTH 250B||Epidemiologic Methods II|
|HMEDSCI 262||Qualitative Analysis Thesis Working Group (4 semesters)||4|
|or HMEDSCI 264||Mixed Methods/Community-Based Research Thesis Working Group|
|or HMEDSCI 265||Basic, Clinical, and Behavioral 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|
|The medical curriculum that you will register for while pursuing your MS include 5 semesters of Foundational Sciences through PBL, 4 semesters of clinical skills work as part of a Master Clinician Working Group (MCWG), 4 semesters in Clinical Contexts working with clinics in the East Bay and 1 semester of Advanced Studies in Patient Care & Clinical Systems (PCCS).|
|HMEDSCI 200||Foundational Sciences through Problem-Based Learning||8|
|HMEDSCI 216||Clinical Medicine||4|
|HMEDSCI 218||Clinical Contexts||2|
|HMEDSCI 220||Advanced Studies in Patient Care & Clinical Systems||4|
JMP Masters of Health & Medical Sciences Thesis
A JMP student’s MS coursework and research culminate 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
Faculty and Instructors
+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.
Colette (Coco) Auerswald, Associate Professor. Cultural and social context for HIV and STD-related behaviors in marginalized youth populations.
Amin Azzam, 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 .
+ John R. Balmes, Professor. Effects of exposure to pollution, effects of pesticides on respiratory health, arsenic in drinking water, psychosocial stress.
Amy Garlin, Associate Clinical Professor. HIV/AIDS in women, Racial Justice, Narrative Medicine, Death & Dying, Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
Jodi Halpern, Professor. Public health, bioethics, patient autonomy.
Seth Holmes, Professor. Medical anthropology, transnational im/migration, race and racism, gender and queer studies, the naturalization and normalization of social and health inequalities, symbolic violence, subjectivation, Latin America, the United States, and Europe.
+ Susan Ivey, Associate Adjunct Professor. Public health, health disparities, interventions, community-based participatory research.
Claudia Landau, Associate Clinical Professor. Neuroendocrinology of Stress, Cognitive Assessment in Diverse Cultures, Community Bases, Fall prevention.
+ Aisha Mays, Primary Care Physician.
Osagie Obasogie, Professor. Law, bioethics, reproductive and genetic technologies.
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.
+ Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, Clinical Professor. Nutrition, maternal-child health, early childhood health, oral health, child health in developing countries, childrenand#039,s health in child care, parenting education, health education for low literacy populations, health disparities.
+ Gustavo Valbuena, Associate Clinical Professor. Conceptualization and operationalization of inquiry in medical education, the relationship between inquiry and the process of integration between basic sciences and clinical sciences, integration-supportive instructional design .
+ 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 .
Hana Dan-Cohen, Lecturer. Integration of the basic sciences with a clinical curriculum in medical education.
Sara Hartley, Lecturer. The interpersonal domain of doctor-patient interaction, The interview, Mind/brain models.
Shelene Stine, Interim Head of Assessment/Patient Care and Clinical Skills Faculty.
Guy Micco, Clinical Professor, Emeritus, Co-director, UC Berkeley Program for Health and Medical Sciences. Aging/old age, suffering, and death, the medical humanities.
+ Kent Olson, Clinical Professor Emeritus. 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.
Richard Quint, Clinical Professor Emeritus.
+ Ann Stevens, Clinical Professor Emerita. Women's health issues, Medical education, Physician/patient relationship.
+ John Swartzberg, Clinical Professor Emeritus. Social epidemiology, community interventions.
UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program
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