PhD, Sociology

For complete and detailed information on UCSF Sociology doctoral program (including curriculum), please visit the UCSF School of Nursing's Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences website at

The Doctoral Program in Sociology focuses on the sociology of health, illness, biomedicine, and health care systems. Four areas of specialty concentration are available: 1) aging, chronic illness, and disability; 2) health policy, organizations and economics; 3) science, technology, and medicine studies; 4) race, class, gender, and health/health inequalities. Additional areas of study include HIV/AIDS, health professions and occupations, violence as a health issue, aging, among others.

All students are required to complete extended training in social theory and both qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis.

The Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences also offers instruction in research methodology and sociology to enrich the nursing programs and to contribute social science perspectives to the health science mission of the UC San Francisco campus.

The UCSF Doctoral Program in Sociology is housed in the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBS), one of four departments of instruction and research in the UCSF School of Nursing. Also affiliated with the School of Nursing and the SBS department is the Institute of Health & Aging.