Health and Medical Sciences

University of California, Berkeley


The Graduate Group in Health and Medical Sciences offers a five-year program leading to a Master of Science (MS) degree in Health and Medical Sciences from UC Berkeley and a Medical Doctorate (MD) 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. UC Berkeley awards the master’s degree upon successful completion of the first  2.5 years of work, and UCSF awards the medical degree after successful completion of the remaining 2.5 years.

Undergraduate Program

There is no undergraduate program in Health and Medical Sciences. However, Pre-Med/Pre-Health is a pre-professional path that students choose when preparing for a career in graduate-level health professions. 

Graduate Program

Health and Medical Sciences: Joint MS/MD (in cooperation with UCSF)

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Faculty and Instructors

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Colette (Coco) Auerswald, Associate Professor. Cultural and social context for HIV and STD-related behaviors in marginalized youth populations.
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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.
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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.
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John R. Balmes, Professor. Effects of exposure to pollution, effects of pesticides on respiratory health, arsenic in drinking water, psychosocial stress.
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Amy Garlin, Associate Clinical Professor.
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Jodi Halpern, Professor. Public health, bioethics, patient autonomy.
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Susan Ivey, Associate Adjunct Professor. Public health, health disparities, interventions, community-based participatory research.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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Sekai Chideya-Chihota, Lecturer.

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

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

Tim Nicholls, Lecturer. Medical informatics, Medical education, Noninvasive monitoring, Vaccine refusal.
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Shelene Stine, Lecturer.

Gustavo Valbuena, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

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.
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Richard Quint, Clinical Professor Emeritus.

Ann Stevens, Clinical Professor Emerita. Women's health issues, Medical education, Physician/patient relationship.
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John Swartzberg, Clinical Professor Emeritus. Social epidemiology, community interventions.
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Contact Information

UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program

570 University Hall

Phone: 510-642-5479

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Director, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program

John Balmes, MD

Phone: 510-643-4702

Director, JMP Master's Program

Colette (Coco) Auerswald, MD, MS

Graduate Student Affairs Officer

Tracey Jones

Phone: 510-642-5671

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