The UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (MS/MD)
Two world-class public universities. Two degrees.
Vision: The UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP) is developing the next generation of diverse, antiracist physician changemakers who advance health and health equity.
Mission: The JMP strives to provide a world-class medical education grounded in public and community health to develop physicians who improve the health of individuals and communities, and the systems that serve them. The core pillars of a JMP education are antiracism, clinical excellence, inquiry, community engagement, collaborative practice and systems thinking.
The JMP is a five-year graduate/medical degree program. Students spend their pre-clerkship years at UC Berkeley engaging in a unique medical curriculum centered around student-led inquiry while simultaneously earning a master’s degree (MS) in the Health and Medical Sciences at Berkeley Public Health. After two and a half years, 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 students who are 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 Master’s program provides a broad trans-disciplinary exploration of the social determinants of health, health systems science, population health, health equity, and data science centered around pillars of antiracism, community engagement and leadership. Concurrently, students participate in an innovative student-led, faculty supported Foundational Sciences curriculum through small group learning strategies like Problem-Based Learning and team based learning (PBL), as well as a Clinical Skills curriculum which integrates a structural and systems approach to patient care
As part of the UC Berkeley campus community, each class of 16 students is supported by a multidisciplinary, close-knit, and inter-professional team of faculty and staff, committed to individualized support for students’ success.
Upon completion of the five-year program, JMP physicians are strong clinical thinkers, able to engage in understanding the broader issues surrounding medicine through inquiry. They have the skills to: 1) conduct and interpret research, 2) work well in multi-disciplinary teams, 3) teach, and 4) challenge and change assumptions for how we think about, contextualize and practice medicine within larger systems.
JMP News and Media
Berkeley Public Health bioethicist, law professor elected to National Academy of Medicine
October 18, 2021
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.