Department of Anthropology, History & Social Medicine Programs

Medical Anthropology

The Joint UCSF/UCB Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology is one of the pioneering programs in the discipline both nationally and globally. The program provides disciplinary leadership and outstanding, comprehensive training leading to the Ph.D. degree. No other program offers the Joint Program’s combination of excellence in critical medical anthropology; studies of science, technology, and modernity; and training in historically informed, pedagogically rigorous social theory. Our students are trained to develop original, creative, and relevant scholarship that makes contributions across the medical and social science fields. Read More

History of Health Sciences

Founded in 1930, making it the second-oldest history of medicine department in the United States, the History of Health Sciences graduate program is concerned with the historical development of medical practices, disease categories, biomedical technologies, and healthcare systems. With an emphasis on modern (late nineteenth to twenty-first century) American and European contexts, our faculty and students investigate how medicine, health, and illness are historically perceived, and how these perceptions reflect and shape culture and society. Examining the role of the patient, provider, institution, and state in healthcare systems, the program provides students the ability to understand how medical ideas and practices have been deployed and negotiated in different historical contexts. History of Health Sciences offers two degree programs: Read More

Medical Humanities

The Medical Humanities provide an interdisciplinary and interprofessional approach to investigating and understanding the profound effects of illness and disease on patients, health professionals, and the social worlds in which they live and work. In contrast to the medical sciences, the medical humanities – which include narrative medicine, history of medicine, culture studies, science and technology studies, medical anthropology, ethics, economics, philosophy and the arts (literature, film, visual art) – focus more on meaning making than measurement. This cross-disciplinary area of activity engages healthcare professionals and students across the campus (in medicine, basic science, and social sciences and humanities) to offer elective courses, supervision for independent elective study, public talks, publishing scholarship, and public outreach. Read More

Last modified: March 20, 2014