The University of California in San Francisco opened in 1873 with a mission to become a “public university dedicate to saving lives and improving health” and has gone on to become on of the most respected schools/research institutions in the medical field worldwide. Standing today as the only school in the 10 campus University of California system dedicated exclusively to health related fields, its numerous advanced education programs rank at the top in quality worldwide, including providing top level health research and fielding one of the top programs in patient care.
A fully functioning graduate level university, research facility, and medical care facility (with Benioff’s Children’s Hospital and several UCSF Medical Center locations), this juggernaut not only attracts almost 3,000 undergrad and graduate degree seekers, but it is also the second largest employer in all of San Francisco, with about 23,000 employees between medical staff, researchers, and faculty combined. The school consists of four major San Francisco campuses, another in Fresno, and many other satellite locations, though the Parnassus campus is the main one, with the Schools of Nursing, Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy, as well as their Optometry center, their graduate Biomedical facilities, and several other facilities (including the UCSF Medical Center).
As a university explicitly for collaborative research and health care education, there are online classes offered, but no degree program that is entirely for distance learning. The advantage of a UCSF education is the exposure to so much information, with state-of-the-art machines, research, and techniques combined with a faculty that includes Nobel Prize winners, numerous experts in their fields, and more doctoral degrees in employment than most med schools have conferred. An “academic medical center” UCSF teaches what it preaches, combining major health science research and care with award winning education programs (routinely ranked in the tops of everything from US News & World Report to the Princeton Review).
Master to PhD programs exist here in almost every area related to the health sciences, from the burgeoning oral surgeon to those interested in the business side of health care. The Dental School offers permutations like their DDS-MBA program and researches non-invasive, preventative dentistry. Their Pharmacy School was the first in the West and stands at #1 in the nation (US News&World Report). Their Nursing School, ranked #2, offers PhD in Nursing geared towards preparing “scientists to conduct research in nursing and to contribute to the body of knowledge”. Finally, their School of Medicine is the only in the country to rank in the top five in both research and primary care, as well as offering Master, PhD, post baccalaureate, graduate certifications, and even postdoctoral degrees (things like Scientific Leadership and Management Skills).
UCSF offers students unbelievable learning opportunities in the health science fields, both experientially and in the classroom, with faculty that rank 3rd in “scholarly production” and renowned patient care facilities. UCSF Medical Center also operates out of the Mount Zion campus, and a third center is planned at the Mission Bay campus, a 57 acre location that has already doubled “research space and [will] speed the pace of biomedical discovery and innovation”.
A massive receptacle of all things health related, the University of California at San Francisco brings all the many aspects of health care under one massive, well funded, and motivated umbrella, putting it all together to try and advance the science of health to the next level… and the next… and the next.