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History of Health Sciences, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #15 (BCR) San Francisco, CA, United States
The History of Health Sciences (HHS) program, founded in 1930, is the second oldest such program in the United Statesa. HHS is concerned with the historical development of medical practices, disease categories, biomedical technologies, and healthcare systems. 
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The History of Health Sciences (HHS) program trains students to examine the history of health sciences (broadly interpreted to include all of the healing professions and all aspects of the biomedical research enterprise) from a variety of critical approaches. 

With an emphasis on modern (late nineteenth to twenty-first century) contexts, the program’s faculty and students investigate how medicine, health, and illness are historically perceived, and how these perceptions reflect and shape culture and society.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
    • Duration description

      Typically it takes five to six years to earn a PhD degree.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Public Health
  •  Life Sciences 
  • Gender
  • Race And The Body
  • Alternative Healing
  •  Social Medicine
  • Health Citizenship

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Requirements include:
  • Example of Written Work
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Background
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Unofficial transcripts (official copies will be required, if accepted)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores
Please note – Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are neither required nor accepted

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33095 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33095 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    33095 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33095 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    17993 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17993 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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If accepted, students will receive full payment of all tuition and fees plus an annual stipend for living expenses for the four years of graduate study. 

Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

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