Health and Medical Sciences

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

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 years.

Undergraduate Program

There is no undergraduate program in Health and Medical Sciences.

Graduate Program

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

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Faculty and Instructors

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Faculty

John R. Balmes, Professor in Residence.

Lisa F. Barcellos, Associate Professor. Public health, genetic epidemiology, human genetics, autoimmune diseases, multiple schlerosis, lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, epigenetics, genomics, computational biology.
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Jack Colford, Professor. Public health, epidemiology, infectious diseases, biostatistics, meta-analysis.
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Laurent Coscoy, Associate Professor. Immunology, viruses, viral infection, immune responses, immune evasion.
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Ronald Dahl, Professor. Decision-making, adolescence, brain development, behavioral and emotional health, pubertal maturation, affective neuroscience, social neuroscience.
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William H. Dow, Professor. Health economics, international health, economic demography.
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Lia C. Fernald, Associate Professor. Poverty, obesity, child development, public health nutrition, global health, psychosocial and biological determinants of health, overweight, nutritional and epidemiologic transition, chronic disease, malnutrition, child health and development, early experience, inequality and health disparities, Latino health, Mexican-Americans and other immigrant groups, stress hormones, salivary cortisol.
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Mary K. Firestone, Professor. Soils, environmental policy, environmental science, policy & management, wildlife, miicrobial biology.
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Sylvia Guendelman, Professor. Public health, maternal & child health, health and social behavior, health policy and management, specialty area in multicultural health.
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Helen Halpin, Professor. Public health, health policy and management, health services & policy analysis.
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S. Katharine Hammond, Professor. Public health, environmental health sciences.
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Seth M. Holmes, Assistant Professor. Immigration and migration, medical anthropology with foci on social theory and ethnography, social studies of medicine and science, social difference related to race, social difference related to socioeconomic status, social difference related to citizenship, social difference related to gender, social difference related to sexuality, the naturalization and normalization of social hierarchies and health disparities, social suffering and symbolic violence, urban and rural Latin America and North America, population health with focus on global health, population health with focus on health disparities, population health with focus on social determinants of health.
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Alan Hubbard, Associate Professor.

William J. Jagust, Professor. Neuroscience, cognition, brain aging, dementia, imaging, Alzheimer's disease.
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Thomas W. Laqueur, Professor. Medicine, religion, body, human rights.
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Jane Mauldon, Associate Professor. Demography, public policy, quantitative methods, health policy and economics, poverty and public policy, the teen-parent component of California_ _s welfare reforms.
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Maria Mavroudi, Professor. Byzantine studies.
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Guy Micco, Clinical Professor. Aging/old age, suffering, and death, the medical humanities.
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Suellen Miller, Adjunct Professor.

Mahasin S. Mujahid, Assistant Professor.

Amani M. Nuru-Jeter, Associate Professor. Health disparities, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic position, stress and health, place and health, cardiovascular risk, birth outcomes.
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Lee Riley, Professor. Public health, infectious diseases, molecular epidemiology, global health, tuberculosis, drug-resistant infections, slum health.
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George W. Rutherford, Adjunct Professor.

Allan H. Smith, Professor. Public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health sciences.
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Sandra Smith, Associate Professor. Trust, urban poverty, joblessness, race and ethnic inequality, social capital and social networks.
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Harvey M. Weinstein, Clinical Professor.

Lecturers

Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, Lecturer. 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.
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Emeritus Faculty

+ Marian C. Diamond, Professor Emeritus. Environment, neuroanatomy, immune functions, hormones, mammalian forebrain structures, Cambodian orphanage, cerebral neocortex.
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Sharon E. Fleming, Professor Emeritus. Plant biology, health and nutrition.
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Joyce C. Lashof, Professor Emeritus. Public health, health policy.
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Meredith Minkler, Professor Emerita. Public health, health and social behavior, community health education.
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Eleanor Rosch, Professor Emeritus. Cognition, psychology, concepts, Eastern psychologies, psychologies of religion, cross cultural, causality.
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John Swartzberg, Professor Emeritus.

S. Leonard Syme, Professor Emeritus. Social epidemiology, community interventions.
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Contact Information

Health and Medical Sciences Program

570 University Hall

Phone: 510-642-5479

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Program Director

John Balmes, MD

Phone: 510-643-4702

jbalmes@medsfgh.ucsf.edu

Head of Joint 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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