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MD/PhD Programs in the Social Sciences & Humanities
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MD/PhD Programs in the Social Sciences & Humanities

Welcome to the Social Science and Humanities (SSH) MD/PhD Programs website!

This site developed from a call by students and applicants for a centralized place housing all the information on SSH MD/PhD programs. With the help of students throughout the United States, we have gathered information on 14 SSH MD/PhD programs. For each program, we provide an individualized webpage written by a student or alum of the program. The information is geared towards applicants, with information focused on the application process, program structure, funding, affiliated graduate departments, etc.

Elsewhere in the APSA website, we will provide information on residencies and post docs for SSH MD/PhDs, job postings, a directory of SSH MD/PhD students, extramural funding for SSH training, interdisciplinary awards, and more! These pages are currently in development. If you have any ideas of information that would be useful to you, please write us at

We hope you find this information useful and we look forward to hearing your suggestions and comments!

The Social Sciences and Humanities team at the American Physician Scientists Association


The following information was provided by MD/PhD students, and is not official data from the MD/PhD program administration or from APSA. For official information, please contact the program administration listed below. If you are aware of any outdated or incorrect information on this page, or if you can think of anything useful to include, please let us know at so that we may improve the page. The list below is by no means an all-inclusive list of existing MD-PhD programs in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

School Location Incoming Class Size Current Number of SSH Students SSH Fields Supported
University of California Los Angeles Social Sciences and Humanities MD/PhD Los Angeles, CA 15 - 16 7 Any
University of California San Diego School of Medicine La Jolla, CA 8-10 0 No Official Program
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine San Francisco, CA 12 8 Medical anthropology
Yale University New Haven, CT 15 - 19 8 Economics, Sociology, History of Medicine, History, Anthropology, Psychology, Public Health
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 6-8 5 Anthropology, Health Outcomes and Policy, Public Policy, Epidemiology, Sociology, Health and Human Services, Bioethics, Health Economics
Emory University Atlanta, GA 10 - 11 2 Anthropology
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Chicago, IL 1 6 Buisness, Comparative Human Development, Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, Economics, Pulic Policy, Psychology, Public Health Sciences, Social Service Administration, Sociology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana-Champaign, IL 13 21 History, Philosophy, Anthropology, Community Health, Economics, Sociology, Law, Business, English, Comparative Literature
Harvard University Boston, MA 13 16 History, Philosophy, Anthropology, Community Health, Economics, Sociology, Law, Business, English, Comparative Literature
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 11 ~1/year Anthropology, Economics, History, Philosophy, and Psychology
Saint Louis University St. Louis, MO 2-4 3 Health Care Ethics
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO 25 3 Medical Anthropology
The Ohio State University Columbus, OH 10 0 Indicate on secondary application
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 20 - 25 15 Anthropology, History and Sociology of Science, Health Care Management and Economics
University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX 4 ~1/every 3 years Medical Humanities
University of Washington Seattle, WA - - No formal program
University of Wisconsin - Madison* Madison, WI 10 ~1/year Clinical Investigation, Population Health
Medical College of Wisconsin* Milwaukee, WI - - Public and Community Health