Undergrad Medical Education

Professor June Chan talks with student

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics supports the education of future medical leaders in Epidemiology,  Biostatistics and Population Sciences  (EBPS) through the Bridges Curriculum of the UCSF School of Medicine. EBPS is being integrated into the Foundational Sciences (FS) throughout the program’s four years. Through large-group sessions and small-group sessions (e.g., seminars, journal clubs, debates, etc.) during the first 18 months of the FS1 curriculum, our faculty introduce medical students to study designs, biostatistics and epidemiologic methods to enable them to understand the methods of published studies and be prepared to design their own studies when they enter the next stage of their education. In FS2, we also provide more in-depth education on epidemiologic research methods and data analysis.  All students are expected to conduct mentored research projects on topics of their choice as part of the Inquiry curriculum spanning the four-year program. This approach enables students to work within complex systems to improve health care and advance science for generations of future patients.