Medical Anthropology

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.

The program emphasizes the way social theory can be used to analyze urgent issues in contemporary health. These include: the formation of subjectivities and the governance of populations around forms of life; how populations are constituted for care or violence; the structuring logic of markets in the provision of aid and health; and the constitution of truth through particular conceptualizations of life, ethics, and personhood.  The Joint UCSF/UCB Ph.D. Program brings together one of the finest medical universities and one of the finest arts and sciences universities in the country to offer students a theoretically engaged approach to emerging issues in medical anthropology.  It also offers a unique opportunity for PhD training for MDs and MD students through our MD/PhD track, which includes the Medical Sciences Training Program.


UCSF has a proud history of welcoming students with all types of disabilities into the professional schools and the graduate division. We pride ourselves in giving individualized consideration of each student’s abilities, the functional impact of their disability, and program standards in order to devise creative and innovative accommodation solutions to ensure equal access to students with disabilities.

The Graduate Programs in Medical Anthropology and the History of Health Sciences are committed to providing access to graduate students with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations as necessary. Applicants with disabilities, who are invited for interviews, will be offered reasonable accommodations if requested.

UCSF does not require that students with disabilities disclose their disability status on the admissions application. Decisions around disability disclosure are personal ones that should be carefully considered. Once students are admitted, they should contact Student Disability Services to begin the Disability Services registration process if they wish to ensure that accommodations and services are in place for the start of their courses.

MD/PhD Applicants

Students applying to the Medical Sciences Training Program (MSTP – Also known as MD/PhD in Medical Anthropology) must submit the Medical Anthropology program application by December 1st each year.
Please note that the SOM and MSTP Medical Anthropology Interview Dates will be in January.
Please read our guidelines prepared specifically for MSTP applicants.

The full Medical Anthropology application can be found here (http://dahsm.ucsf.edu/pdf/Internal_Application_MSTP.pdf)


MSTP Program

UC Berkeley Medical Anthropology

Admissions to PhD program

Admissions to MSTP Program

Current Students

Last modified: August 25, 2014