The UC Berkeley / UCSF Joint Medical Program (MS/MD)

Two world-class public universities. Two degrees.

The mission of the JMP is to train outstanding physicians committed to health equity and social justice, through transdisciplinary graduate studies integrated with student-centered medical education.

The UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (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.

Students craft their graduate curriculum towards an academic MS degree in Health and Medical Sciences. The MS allows them to develop expertise in any discipline with a link to human health. At the same time, 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

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John Balmes MD

Dr. John Balmes is the director of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. He leads the ongoing evolution of our curriculum while collaboratively managing the complex everyday process of ensuring a rich and innovative learning environment for our learners and educators.


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Amy B. Garlin MD

Head of Clinical Skills and Patient Care, Head of Admissions
Dr. Garlin is Head of the Clinical Skills and Patient Care Curriculum. Under her leadership, JMP faculty and clinical partners have pioneered innovative participatory and immersive formats for learning and practicing what doctors do.


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Coco Auerswald MD, MS

Director of Research Training and Master’s Program
Dr. Auerswald is the Director of the JMP Master’s Program and research curriculum, a uniquely creative inter-disciplinary program at the crossroads of individual and public health.