Nancy Oliva, RN, PhD

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Institute for Health & Aging
School of Nursing
+1 650 773-1255

Nancy Oliva PhD, MS, MHA, MPA, RN holds a faculty appointment in the University of California, San Francisco, Institute for Health and Aging. She completed undergraduate degrees in Heath Science-Health Education and Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. She subsequently completed two Masters’ Degrees with honors in Health Administration and Public Administration-Finance at the University of Missouri. She completed her PhD in Health Policy/Gerontological Nursing at UCSF, where she was awarded a UCSF Graduate Division Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship. She completed an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) pre and post-doctoral fellowship in the Phillip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies in the UCSF School of Medicine. Dr. Oliva also completed a Fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics at the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) in the Veterans Administration (VA) Palo Alto Healthcare System.
Dr. Oliva recently co-directed the planning and implementation of a telehealth-based rural heart failure disease management program in the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System and also served as a PI for a telehealth-based care coordination program for rural Veterans with neurocognitive disorders and their family caregivers. While at the VA Palo Alto GRECC, she was also involved in the development and implementation of a telehealth-based geriatric consultation and care management program for rural Veterans and their caregivers.
Dr. Oliva has extensive clinical/organizational leadership experience in not-for-profit, for-profit, county, local district and federal government healthcare organizations, including leadership positions in nursing, community relations and marketing, community education, professional education, strategic planning, and business development. She has served as a public hospital administrator/CEO and as a publicly-elected hospital system board of directors’ member. She is a co-author of The Rural Health Clinic Guidebook, published by the California Hospital Association.
Dr. Oliva currently is a health services researcher in the areas of chronic disease management and self-care, and older adult systems of care. Her research interests include health policy; healthcare disparities and vulnerable populations; delivery system science and quality measurement; population health; interdisciplinary team applications of chronic care models; and family caregiver support and community-based chronic disease care. Dr. Oliva is an author/co-author of scholarly articles on health system quality improvement; language access in healthcare; interdisciplinary team care in chronic disease; care coordination in geriatrics; and community-based services for older adults, including disaster preparedness for community-dwelling older adults with dementia. She serves on the editorial board of the Home Health Services Quarterly-The Journal of Community Care, and as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Rural Health and Clinical Nurse Specialist journal.