University of California - San Francisco

History of Health Sciences


550 16th Street, 2nd Floor

– Box 0560

San Francisco, CA 94143-0560

United States


(415) 514-8098


(415) 514-8150

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. - History of Health Sciences, Professional M.A. - History of Health Sciences

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department Anthropology, History and Social Medicine offers a professional MA and a Ph.D. in the History of Health Sciences. This graduate program will train students to examine the history of health sciences (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, alternative healing, and biomedical research) from a variety of critical approaches. Doctoral students will be prepared to undertake a wide variety of professional careers in academia, industry, government, and communications. For those who choose academic research and teaching in the field, this program will lay the foundation for them to create and interpret new knowledge as scholars and to share and disseminate their knowledge of the field as educators. Those who choose other career paths will learn to incorporate historical perspectives into their understanding and practice of their respective fields, as will students enrolled in the master's program for professionals and medical students who take elective courses in the program. The physical and intellectual location of this history program within one of the nation's leading medical schools affords the opportunity to advance the historical analysis and understanding of biomedical sciences, clinical practices, and health policies.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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