Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Our Mission
Our mission is to solve problems that create barriers to healthy life by proposing effective interventions at the intersections of health, humanity, and society.
Medical Anthropology
The UCSF-UCB Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology is a pioneer program in the discipline. Our students are trained to develop original, creative, and relevant contributions to medical and social sciences.
History of Health Sciences
The History of Health Sciences program investigates how medicine, health, and illness are historically perceived, and how those perceptions reflect and shape culture, society, and health care.

Anti-Racism and Diversity


Research Profiles

Disparities in Children's Healthcare - Dr. Aimee Medeiros in front of Benioff Children's Hospital

Disparities in Children's Healthcare

November 12, 2019

Dr. Aimee Medeiros talks about her research on healthcare dichotomies, examining the historical conditions where modern biomedical advances outpace service to underserved areas.

The Problem of Medicare Fraud - Dr. Brian Dolan in front of book cases

The Problem of Medicare Fraud

November 11, 2019

Dr. Brian Dolan introduces his research on fraud and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs and the legislative history that has failed to stop it.

Farming and Human Health - Dr. Vincanne Adams in a field

Farming and Human Health

November 9, 2019

Dr. Vincanne Adams talks about her research on how population health is linked to the microbiome, soil health, and sustainable farming.