The School of Public Health offers joint programs with the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University that allow medical students and physicians the opportunity to receive public health training in conjunction with their medical education.
The UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program is a five-year graduate combined MS/MD degree program. Students spend the first three years on the Berkeley campus completing a case-based core medical curriculum and a master of science degree. The MS degree is offered in Health and Medical Sciences (HMS). Students take HMS courses specifically designed for the MD and MS degrees and supplement these courses with electives chosen campuswide relevant to their research studies. Upon satisfactory completion of the pre-clerkship requirements for the MD curriculum, the master’s degree, and passage of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam, Step 1, students transition to the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. At UCSF they continue the MD curriculum by completing two years of clinical rotations. Upon satisfactory completion of this phase of the program, students are awarded an MD from UCSF. Students apply to the Joint Medical Program (JMP) through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) by submitting the primary to the UCSF School of Medicine. Applicants who pass a preliminary review are sent a secondary application that provides information and application materials for the Joint Medical Program.
The MD/MPH program provides an opportunity for UCSF medical students to obtain a master’s degree in public health (MPH) at UC Berkeley during an additional 11 months of study, usually between the third and fourth years of medical school. Some students obtain their MPH between the end of medical school and the beginning of residency. The program begins in July and ends in May of the following year. Only currently registered UCSF medical students may apply. More detailed information is available from the Office of the Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.
This program is open to current Stanford University medical students who are enrolled in the Scholarly Concentration in Community Health. This program is designed to train medical students to be effective physician scholars and public health leaders. Most students enter into the program after their second year of medical school. Qualified applicants should choose one of the 11-month Epidemiology, Interdisciplinary, or Maternal & Child Health programs at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
The Masters of Public Health (MPH)/Dental Public Health (DPH) residency is a two-year program for dentists interested in dental public health. Interested dentists apply to both a one-year full-time Interdisciplinary MPH degree program at UC Berkeley and a subsequent one-year full-time DPH certificate program at UCSF. While the DPH certificate program typically requires dentists to have an MPH when applying, this combined program is open to dentists who do not yet have an MPH. There is an emphasis on research and all students will conduct original research related to oral health. Applications for the MPH are handled via SOPHAS. Applications for the UCSF program are available from UCSF’s dentistry website.
UCSF administers a residency program in occupational medicine. Applicants must also apply to the Environmental Health Sciences area of concentration at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. The program typically entails two years of training. In the first year, fellows obtain a master’s in Public Health (MPH) at UC Berkeley, receiving training in occupational and environmental epidemiology, public policy, environmental health sciences, health behavior, health education, biostatistics, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, and toxicology. The second year focuses on supervised practical training and involves training time in clinics; local, state, federal or international governmental agencies; NGOs; academic; consulting; and industry settings. Physicians who already have an MPH may apply for entry directly into the second year of the training program.
The UC Berkeley School of Public Health and UC San Francisco offer a residency program in public health and general preventive medicine. This program is open to physicians who have graduated from an accredited medical school in the United States or Canada (or who are certified by the Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates). Participants must have completed at least one year of approved clinical internship or residency experience and be licensed to practice medicine in the United States or Canada, and must be U.S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents. The program provides the academic (MPH) year and the year of supervised field training (practicum year) in preventive medicine and public health required by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Applications for the practicum year only will also be considered.