About the Program

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 Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Helix medical curriculum. Woven into the JMP curriculum are threads medical humanities, social & behavioral sciences, geriatrics and public health.

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.

The JMP Mission

The mission of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program is to produce physician leaders committed to a lifetime of self-education, scholarship and health innovation.

The UC Berkeley Medical Program was established in 1971 as a health sciences and medical education program funded by a grant from the Dextra Baldwin McGonagle Foundation. From its initial conception, the program aimed to expand the definition of health beyond medical care; it was designed to be responsive and adaptable to both societal and student needs.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) accreditated the program in 1973. The State of California subsequently allocated funds to support the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Experimental Program in Medical Education the following year. The program selected its first class for the five-year program in 1978, with students completing three post-baccalaureate pre-clerkship years at Berkeley followed by two clinical years at UCSF.

The Joint Medical Program joined Berkeley’s highly respected School of Public Health in 1993. JMP students have historically utilized the School’s course offerings in support of their pre-clerkship and MS curricula, and this affiliation reflects our continuing effort to provide leading-edge medical education that meets the needs of a rapidly evolving healthcare system. Now renamed the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, our focus has evolved from producing primary care physicians to the training of future physician-leaders equipped with deep understanding in the social, behavioral, ethical, and human aspects of medicine.