About UCSF 2


Exclusively focused on health, UCSF’s cadre of exceptional scientists, trainees and staff, embrace the pervasive spirit of collaboration and entrepreneurship. Together, they are leading revolutions in health. UCSF faculty include five Nobel laureates and many leaders in their fields across the United States and world.

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Reflecting the high caliber of its vast research enterprise, UCSF is first among public institutions and ranked second among all institutions nationwide in research support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for fiscal year 2014, garnering nearly $546.6 million. The funding helps UCSF continue to perform world-renowned health sciences research amid state budget cutbacks and other financial challenges.

To speed up urgently needed practices, policies, therapies and cures for public benefit, UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) was established in 2006 with a $108 million grant from the NIH as part of a national mandate and movement. CTSI received renewal funding in 2011 with a second five-year award of $112 million. UCSF was also one of the leading institutional recipients of science-based stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Research programs in the basic, clinical, social and behavioral, and population sciences are recognized internationally. Preeminent faculty, who are conducting basic science investigations at the genetic, cellular, molecular and systems level, are unmasking the fundamental mechanisms of biology. And acclaimed faculty conducting investigations involving humans are discovering new solutions for preventing and treating a wide array of diseases, including cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, cancer, diabetes, genetic disorders, immunological and infectious disease, and reproductive and developmental disorders. 

Translating this research into new therapies is fundamental to UCSF’s public mission. To that end, the campus has more than 650 active patents and continues to disclose hundreds of life science inventions each year. It also has spawned more than 90 life sciences companies – including the first biotech company, Genentech – and continues to collaborate with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as well as foundations and patient advocacy groups, to help move discoveries more effectively from laboratory to clinical trials and into the community.


At its core, UCSF remains an institution of higher learning, a place where tomorrow’s leaders in the life sciences, health care and health policy get their education and training. It serves as a magnet for the world’s top faculty, students, residents and postdoctoral scholars – a community of the best and the brightest. 

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The four professional schools and Graduate Division all rank among the nation’s most prestigious advanced study programs in the health sciences, and their academic missions reflect UCSF’s innovative spirit by emphasizing health care advocacy, pioneering patient care and interdisciplinary collaboration:  

  • School of Dentistry is recognized nationwide 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 US dental schools. The school teaches and practices a philosophy of minimally invasive dentistry that embraces prevention before surgical intervention. US News & World Report does not rank dentistry schools.
  • School of Medicine ranks in third place nationwide, according to the 2015 survey by US News & World Report. The survey ranks medical schools according to the quality of training in both research and primary care. UCSF has the only medical school in the nation that ranks in the top five in both categories. 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.
  • School of Nursing ranks second overall in the nation in the last survey (2015) for both its master's of nursing program and its nursing-midwifery program conducted by US News & World Report in which nursing schools were evaluated. The school provides education and research training in the social, behavioral and biological sciences, with a focus on health, illness and health care. 
  • School of Pharmacy ranks No. 1 in the nation for its Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in the 2012 survey conducted by US News & World Report 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 health care team. 
  • Graduate Division oversees educational programs that rank at the top nationally, including seven in the top 10 in the prestigious National Research Council’s 2010 survey. The Graduate Division administers programs that are cross-discipline, cross-department and even cross-school, rather than being based in one department, thereby fostering a culture of collaboration that leads to greater accomplishments. 


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