The University of California, San Francisco is dedicated to worldwide health through graduate level life sciences, biomedical research, patient care and various health professions. UCSF is the only campus in the UC network that is dedicated to health sciences.

UCSF has the highest ranking schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, a Graduate Division and the nation’s leading programs in patient care. The four professional schools, all UCSF graduate programs, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and UCSF Medical Center rank the best in the nation according to US News & World Report.

UCSF is known for their spirit of collaboration across all disciplines of patient care, education programs and research and maintain an environment of discovery and innovation. The results are world class health care, groundbreaking life sciences that support UCSF’s mission of advancing health worldwide.

UCSF has a work force of 22,800 and is the main source of employment for the region. UCSF generates about 39,000 jobs and produces $6.2 billion in construction, operations, local purchases by employees, salaries, and students and visitors.


UCSF is an institution of higher learning and the place where the leaders of tomorrow in life sciences, health policy and health care will get the education and training they need. UCSF is the magnet for the nation’s and the world’s faculty, residents, students and postdoctoral scholars and is truly the community of the best and brightest.

The UCSF faculty ranks third among all research institutes and universities across the world in scholarly productivity according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The professional schools including the Graduate Division rank the highest among all the prestigious advanced study programs in health sciences. UCSF’s academic missions emphasize health care, interdisciplinary collaboration and patient care excellence.

In the Community

UCSF has been an important part of the community since the days of treating their neighbors that were in need during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

UCSF has several nationally recognized community programs including the Science & Health Education Partnership that brings both UCSF scientists and the San Francisco Unified School District together supporting science education for children in grades K-12. Every year there are more than 300 UCSF participants that contribute over 10,000 hours of work and service including 400 teachers.

The University Community Partnerships Office which was established 2006 is a collaboration between UCSF and the community to promote community health, civic engagement and to enhance education, employment, research, and patient care at UCSF. The office serves to bridge the gap between UCSF and the community and emphasizes the partnerships that both value and respect as well as the assets and diversity of both.

Academic Programs and Degrees

UCSF is a campus for health sciences and offers several graduate degrees in biological, pharmaceutical, biomedical, social and behavioral sciences and nursing. The ranking of their graduate programs nationally is mostly due to the faculty research that is done there. The degree granting programs consist of several research areas that often have members from several different departments. Currently UCSF has 28 degree and certificate programs.

By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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