About University Of California San Francisco

UC San Francisco is the leading university exclusively focused on health. We are defined by our exceptional faculty, our diversity, our thriving collaborative culture and our public mission. Our focus fuels a creative environment where today’s students can become tomorrow’s leaders, scientists, clinicians and faculty.

The UCSF campus serves as a magnet for the world’s top faculty, students, residents and postdoctoral scholars — a community of the best and the brightest. Our graduate programs consistently rank among the best in the country. We partner with industry, government and peers to advance health science and care across the nation and throughout the world.

Sam Hawgood, MBBS, a renowned neonatologist and dean of the UCSF School of Medicine, became the University’s interim chancellor in April 2014. He filled the position left by Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH – UCSF’s first woman and ninth chancellor since its founding in 1864 – who went on to lead the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A hallmark of UCSF excellence is a spirit of collaboration among all disciplines that fosters an environment of innovation and discovery. It is from this commitment that the online MS in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership graduate program was established.

UCSF is accredited by WASC. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is the regional organization that is responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities and colleges in California, Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.

WASC provides the accreditation for UCSF as a whole and for the Graduate Division in particular. The MS in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership was fully accredited in August 2013.

The following UCSF Centers and Professional Schools are closely aligned with the Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership program:

UCSF’s Center for the Health Professions

Created in 1992, the Center for the Health Professions’ mission ‘to transform healthcare through workforce research and leadership development’ has remained constant. The Center offers solutions-driven approaches to the toughest healthcare challenges through three areas of focus:

  • Leadership Programs to empower change agents at every level and within all sectors of the healthcare system.
  • Research to understand today’s workforce issues and design actionable strategies to solve them.
  • Consulting Services to creatively and collaboratively address individual and organizational needs.

UCSF’s Center for Innovation in Interprofessional Education

UCSF’s Center for Innovation in Interprofessional Education provides a hub for all things interprofessional at the University. The Center’s vision is to advance interprofessional education, collaboration and scholarship to improve the quality of healthcare delivery. The Center’s work focuses on supporting the creation, implementation and evaluation of interprofessional education that aims to:

  • Enhance collaborative practice at every level of the healthcare system.
  • Improve the health and well-being of patients and communities.

UCSF’s Graduate Division and Four Professional Schools

UCSF’s Graduate Division and the four professional schools rank among the nation’s most prestigious advanced study programs in the health sciences. The academic missions of each reflect UCSF’s innovative spirit by emphasizing healthcare advocacy, leading-edge care and interdisciplinary collaboration.

All four of the professional schools were among the leading schools in their fields in receiving highly competitive National Institutes of Health grant funding. The schools of dentistry, medicine and pharmacy ranked first in their fields in NIH grants for 2012: pharmacy for the 33rd consecutive year and dentistry for the 21st year. The UCSF School of Nursing, consistently receiving top honors, was ranked second. All told, UCSF received $500.4 million total in grants, with an additional $20.8 million in NIH contracts to perform specific research projects for the national institutes.

This funding, considered a strong indicator of an institution’s strength in biomedical research, enables UCSF to deliver on its educational goals and public mission of advancing health worldwide.

  • UCSF’s Graduate Division oversees educational programs that rank at the top nationally, including seven in the top ten (10) in the prestigious National Research Council’s 2010 survey. The Graduate Division administers programs that are cross-discipline, cross-department and cross-school, fostering a culture of collaboration that leads to greater accomplishments.
  • The School of Dentistry is nationally recognized for its novel approaches to dental education, including combined DDS-PhD and DDS-MBA programs and a special one-year training course geared to helping disadvantaged students gain admission to U.S. dental schools. The school teaches and practices a philosophy of minimally invasive dentistry that embraces prevention before surgical intervention.
  • The School of Medicine is consistently ranked as a top program by U.S. News & World Report for its quality of training in both research and primary care. The school encourages its students to incorporate inquiry, innovation and discovery throughout their careers, whether in private practice, industry or government, academic medicine, or other pursuits.
  • The School of Nursing routinely takes top honors for master’s education from U.S. News & World Report and consistently is ranked among elite universities for NIH funding. The School provides education and research training in the social, behavioral and biological sciences, with a focus on health advocacy, symptom management, chronic care and health policy.
  • The School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program has received the highest ranking by U.S. News & World Report surveys that included pharmacy schools. The school teaches students to be lifelong experts in the safe and effective use of medicines and to be effective and vocal members of the healthcare team.