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University of California, San Francisco
Social Science/Humanities PhD Field Supported:
Description of Program:
UCSF's MSTP accepts applications from students interested in pursuing a PhD in medical anthropology. UCSF's program in medical anthropology is itself a joint PhD program including the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at UCSF and the Department of Anthropology at UC Berkeley. Students receive their PhD degree from both UCSF and Berkeley. The joint program focuses on students who want to combine theoretical and applied anthropology. Many PhD projects are very applied in nature, but the coursework is intensive theoretically.
Structure of Program:
UCSF's program is a Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Typically medical anthropology MD/PhD students complete there first two years of medical school and complete 1 or 2 of the core clinical clerkships. They then begin their PhD program in medical anthropology, which is a joint program with UC Berkeley. Core anthropology classes are taught at both campuses. The PhD takes a minimum of four-and-a-half and an average of five-and-a-half years for MD/PhD students. A four-and-a-half year timeline consists of: two-and-a-half years of coursework; one year of fieldwork; and one year of dissertation writing. After completion of the PhD, students return to finish their clerkships and rotations.
UCSF's program in medical anthropology is part of the Department of History, Anthropology and Social Medicine. Medical Anthropology and History alternate years of admission; therefore there is a medical anthropology cohort every other year. Despite this, you can still apply as an MSTP in medical anthropology every year. This means that if you are accepted in an off year for medical anthropology, then you will study in the Anthropology department at UC Berkeley for one year, and then join the UCSF cohort in your second year of study.
Size of incoming joint MD/PhD class:
Number of students in the social sciences or humanities:
Number of graduates from the SSH joint MD/PhD program:
Current number of students in the MD/PhD Medical Anthropology Program:
General MSTP Application:
Specific to Applying in Medical Anthropology:
Additional Notes on Applying in Medical Anthropology
A good way to think about applying for MSTP in medical anthropology is that your application must be geared toward both (1) the general MSTP admission committee, and (2) the department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine.
Students who apply to the MSTP but are not offered a position nevertheless receive full consideration for admission both to the regular medical class and to the PhD program in Medical Anthropology if they request this on their application.
Medical anthropology MSTP trainees receive the NIH MSTP training grant ($20,770/year) plus a supplement from the school of medicine ($6,230) during their medical school years. During the first two years of graduate work, they receive only the NIH MSTP training grant ($20,770/year). During the final years of graduate training, they receive no funding from NIH or the department of medicine. Instead, they are funded by the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine or by individually won fellowships (neither of these funding sources is guaranteed). This is summarized in the table below:
* MSTP applicants should be aware that if you are accepted to the Medical Anthropology program, you will be provided support solely by MSTP for the first 2 years of the Ph.D. program. After this time, you will enter into a competitive pool along with the other Medical Anthropology program students and will apply for external funding and grants. Although funding is not officially guaranteed, no MD/PhD student has ever been without funding during the graduate program. Funding comes either from the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine, or from extramural fellowships. "Not guaranteed," however, does mean that students must apply for fellowships and pay attention to where their funding is coming from during these years.
UCSF MSTP Office
Program Director: Vincanne Adams, Ph.D.