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San Francisco Presence and Public Mission

UCSF is a powerful contributor to San Francisco's energy, innovation, and diversity. A multisite university, UCSF is present in many San Francisco neighborhoods with three major, multi-building campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay and Mount Zion. In addition, major programs and departments are located at 19 other sites owned or leased by UCSF throughout the city.

With an overarching mission of “advancing health worldwide,” UCSF is devoted at every level to serving the public.

From offering free children’s health screenings to providing care for the low-income, homeless and under-insured, from innovative partnerships attacking the roots of poor health care to cutting-edge biotechnology that will cure some of the most pernicious diseases, UCSF brings significant resources to an ambitious public mission — and not only does so every day, but has done so for 150 years.

UCSF’s public mission goes beyond San Francisco, and delivers a substantial impact upon the Bay Area, all of California, the nation and the world. This impact comes not only from the institution, but also from the individuals who comprise it — UCSF’s top-notch faculty, staff and students — and from its affiliates and partners around the world.

Thanks to their passion to serve the public, these collective efforts provide world-class health care; educate the next generation of doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and scientists; support elementary and high school education; make groundbreaking scientific discoveries; and provide a substantial economic impact for the Bay Area and Northern California.

Commitment to Diversity

With a workforce of about 22,800 employees, UCSF is the second-largest employer in the city and the fifth-largest in the San Francisco Bay Area. The paid workforce comprises about 2,400 faculty and 20,400 staff. UCSF is an essential part of San Francisco's identity, economic vitality and innovative culture.

Student looking through a microscope

UCSF's student and trainee population is equally diverse. Representing dozens of countries with nearly one-quarter being first-generation-to-college, this group counts about 3,000 students enrolled in degree programs, more than 1,600 residents (physicians, dentists and pharmacists in training) and more than 1,000 postdoctoral scholars.

UCSF is committed to nurturing diversity among its faculty, staff, students and trainees and strives to create an environment that is collegial, respectful and rewarding. The goal is to make the University a truly inclusive community, representing the extraordinary diversity among the citizens of a global community.


UCSF is partnering with leading innovators in health care and science in pursuit of its mission to advance health.

UCSF has been a partner since 1873 with San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH), the city’s public safety-net hospital and only trauma center, which serves the most vulnerable populations as well as victims of car accidents, violent crime and other incidents. SFGH is staffed by more than 2,000 UCSF physicians and allied health care professionals from all four UCSF schools, who work alongside 3,500 city employees. SFGH also is an important training ground for future health care professionals and researchers.

Exterior photo of the J. David Gladstone Institutes

UCSF affiliate, J. David Gladstone Institutes, was the first research institution to move across the street from the UCSF Mission Bay campus.

Since 1968, UCSF also has been affiliated with the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC), with all four schools partnering in patient care, research and education programs. SFVAMC serves as a teaching hospital with UCSF health care professionals providing care to the nation’s veterans. More than 240 full- and part-time faculty and staff work at SFVAMC.

In the Bay Area, UCSF has affiliations with two Bay Area biomedical research organizations: J. David Gladstone Institutes, which focuses on the study of cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, and Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders, and the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center, which studies the biological basis of alcohol abuse and substance abuse.

At the federal level, UCSF is affiliated with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and serves as one of its host institutions. HHMI is a medical research organization that appoints leading scientists as HHMI investigators, providing funds to support their research at their home institutions. Selection as an HHMI investigator is a prestigious appointment, and UCSF currently has 18 faculty members named to this position.


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