PhD, Sociology

Explore the sociology of health, illness, biomedicine and health care systems alongside distinguished faculty scholars at one of the highest ranked medical sociology programs in the country.

The Doctoral Program in Sociology at the UCSF School of Nursing offers areas of specialty concentration in global health and global health policy; race, class, gender, and health disparities; and science, technology and medicine studies. Additional substantive research areas include genomics, HIV/AIDS and violence as a health issue.

Admissions Requirements and Process

Applications are accepted from October 1 through December 15 of each year. We welcome applicants with a bachelor's or master's degree in sociology, the social sciences, in certain humanities such as history or philosophy, and in the health professions such as public health, nursing, psychology or social work.

Recruitment and screening of applications for this program is handled directly by the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

For detailed information, including application requirements and FAQs, visit our Sociology Doctoral Program website.

COVID-19 Information for 2020-21 Applicants

Pass/Fail and Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grades – UCSF will accept pass/fail grades and satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context. In adopting this policy, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail or S/U basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by UCSF to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing many challenges at the moment. The pressure for grades need not be one of them.

Online Courses – Many schools have gone to online courses during the pandemic. We will accept online courses if they are offered by the school at which the candidate was enrolled prior to the current crisis. For students who are beyond undergraduate school, we will accept online courses undertaken to meet prerequisites regardless of the institution. If you are uncertain about your specific plans, please call the Office of Student Affairs prior to enrolling in the course.

How to Apply

Applications are currently closed for fall 2021 admissions, and will reopen in October 2021.