Joint Medical Program

The mission of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP) is to train outstanding physicians committed to health equity and social justice, through transdisciplinary graduate studies integrated with student-centered medical education.

The JMP is a five-year graduate/medical degree program. The pre-clerkship years are spent at UC Berkeley, engaging in a leading-edge integrated Problem-Based Learning medical curriculum while simultaneously earning a master’s degree (MS) in the Health and Medical Sciences at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. After two and a half years, our students move across the bay to UCSF to finish their medical education and receive their medical doctorate (MD).

The UC Berkeley–UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP) attracts people who are passionately dedicated to improving the world’s health through scholarly self-directed yet collaborative inquiry. This is reflected in both the medical curriculum and master’s program.

The masters program provides a broad trans-disciplinary exploration of the social determinants of health, health systems science, population health, health equity, and data science. Students  have access to a large range of research topics which is part of what makes the JMP MS unique. Concurrently, students participate in an innovative student-led, faculty supported Foundational Sciences curriculum through Problem-Based Learning (PBL).

As part of the UC Berkeley campus community, our 16 students per cohort are supported by a multidisciplinary, close-knit, and inter-professional team of faculty and staff, committed to individualized support for students’ success.

Exceptional Leadership

This is an extraordinary time to be in medical education, training future leaders in medicine who can embrace new opportunities to improve the health and health care of our diverse communities. Our leadership team works together to prepare learners to take charge of their own professional development and to become lifelong learners.

Leadership Team, Faculty and Staff

Jyothi Marbin MD

Dr. Marbin comes to the JMP from the UCSF Department of Pediatrics, where she served as the associate program director (APD) for Recruitment and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for the Pediatrics Residency Program; the director of the Pediatric Leaders Advancing Health Equity (PLUS) Residency Program; and co-director of the Health Equity & Racial Justice Graduate Medical Education Pathway.

Gustavo Valbuena MD, PhD

Head of Foundational Sciences through PBL Curriculum
Dr. Valbuena is the Head of Foundational Sciences Through Problem Based Learning Curriculum of the Joint Medical Program.

Odinakachukwu Ehie MD

Head, Clinical Skills (PCCS)
Dr. Ehie is a pediatric anesthesiologist whose interests include Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Global Health, as well as Education. As a UCSF Teachers Scholar, she started a diversity curriculum for the anesthesia residents, and has held a teaching position as a UCSF Bridges coach over the past four years for the School of Medicine thus providing a foundation in the Differences Matter Initiative.