Community Impact

As the second-largest employer in San Francisco and fifth-largest in the nine-county Bay Area, UCSF’s impact in the local and regional communities is huge – positively contributing to the health of the people and the economy.

With the vitality from its growing campus at Mission Bay, UCSF plays a major role as a $3.3 billion economic driver, creating thousands of jobs in San Francisco in construction alone.

In 2010, UCSF released an economic impact report that shows how the University benefits the entire San Francisco Bay Area, generating more than 39,000 jobs and producing an estimated $6.2 billion economic impact when including operations, construction, salaries, and local purchases by employees, students and visitors. For more on the economic impact, visit the Economic Impact Report website.

One of the educational programs with the broadest impact in the community is the Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP),  a collaboration with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Initiated in 1987, SEP enables UCSF scientists and educators to work with the SFUSD to support quality science education. Each year, more than 300 UCSF participants contribute about 10,000 hours of service, and work with more than 400 SFUSD teachers representing more than 90 percent of the K-12 public schools in San Francisco.

And as an internationally renowned health sciences university, UCSF’s tremendous accomplishments and contributions have transformed health and health care in the global community in areas including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and tobacco, to name just a few.

UCSF Mission Bay features a state-of-the-art fitness center that is open to the public offering three floors of activities, a full-sized gymnasium and indoor and rooftop swimming pools.

UCSF’s reach goes well beyond US borders, primarily through UCSF Global Health Sciences, which works with partners in countries throughout the world to improve health and reduce the burden of disease in the world’s most vulnerable populations. Established in 2003, Global Health Sciences involves an innovative team of educators, researchers and health care professionals working around the world to train global health leaders and build sustainable solutions to improve health and eliminate disease. For a look at Global Health Sciences’ growing number of international partnerships, see this map.