Education Overview

The Department of Family Medicine and Public Health offers an impressive array of educational programs which have garnered national and international acclaim:

Fellowships and Faculty Development Program

The Division of Family Medicine has offered an ACGME-accredited advanced certification fellowship program in Sports Medicine for the past 20 years with over 40 graduates. The fellowship takes 2-3 fellows each year.

Division of Family Medicine also offers a fellowship in underserved healthcare and two national faculty development programs in underserved healthcare.


Graduate Medical Program

Internship and residency programs in the school provide intensive education and training for the various fields of medicine. An MD degree is required. Programs exist in all major specialties and will eventually be offered in most sub-specialties. The length and content of the programs varies by specialty. Each is approved by the American Medical Association Council of Graduate Medical Education and is expected to meet requirements of the appropriate national professional specialty board.

Medical Scientist Training Program


The School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, has a long-standing Medical Scientist Training Program for students who plan a career in which medical research will be emphasized. This program combines intensive research training with a medical education and requires six to seven years of study. In most cases, students will earn both the MD and PhD degrees. Trainees will be permitted a wide choice of research opportunities from among numerous disciplines and interdisciplinary areas included among or relevant to the biomedical sciences.

Financial support is available for students accepted into the Medical Scientist Training Program, including full tuition and a fellowship stipend.

Applicants must first meet the admissions requirements of the School of Medicine and will ultimately be admitted both to the School of Medicine and the Graduate School. Students interested in the Medical Scientist Training Program should request more detailed information and application forms from the Office of Student Affairs.

Medical-Public Health Training Program


The School of Medicine cooperates with the San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health (SDSU-GSPH) in assisting interested students who wish to pursue a Master's Degree in Public Health (MPH) while enrolled in medical school. An agreement between the School of Medicine and SDSU-GSPH allows credit for training received at UCSD in biostatistics, epidemiology, and health care systems as offered in the core medical curriculum. Credit may be received for certain other UCSD courses as well. Students must apply and meet both the admission and graduation requirements of SDSU-GSPH. Students can also receive an MPH at other schools of Public Health, although a formal agreement exists only with the SDSU-GSPH.

Interested students should contact the Office of Student Affairs or the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health for further information.