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This guide will assist students in the Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine programs at UCSF.
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  • History of Medicine and 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
  • Medical Anthropology
    Medical Anthropology increases our understanding of health-related beliefs and behaviors of all kinds, from the precise products of science to the silent rituals of culturally scripted healing. Anthropological research on social and cultural processes in the arena of health have both theoretical and practical utility addressing many of the central quandaries of the human condition: from social suffering and institutional inequality to chronic pain, warfare, and everyday violence.
  • Social Medicine
    Social Medicine is a field of interdisciplinary academic investigation that examines the many ways that health, disease, and the practices of medicine, the bio-medical sciences and implementation of medical technologies are affected by societal forces.

Faculty Members

Acting Chair

Dr. Nancy Milliken, MD, Vice Dean for the School of Medicine, Professor of Clinical Medicine OB-GYN, Director of UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health

Core Faculty  

  • Vincanne Adams, Ph.D., Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Medical Anthropology
  • Judith Barker, Ph.D., Professor in Residence
  • Brian Dolan, Ph.D., Professor
  • Galen Joseph, Ph.D, Assistant Professor
  • Dorothy Porter, Ph.D., Professor
  • Elizabeth Watkins, Ph.D., Professor, Director of Graduate Studies History of Health Sciences
  • Ian Whitmarsh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

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