Global Partnerships

As an internationally renowned health sciences institution, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) maintains a reach that goes well beyond U.S. borders. Accomplishments and contributions by UCSF basic science and clinical research teams have transformed health and health care in the global community in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, tobacco use and numerous other areas.

At the center of international outreach is 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.

Global Health Sciences student Amy Penn plays with children in an orphanage in Lusaka, Zambia, where the Flip Flop Foundation ( provides malaria education and other life skills and basic necessities to disadvantaged Zambians.

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.

UCSF currently has many active projects in scores of countries throughout the world that represent all four UCSF schools, basic science departments and specialized, interdisciplinary units such as the AIDS Research Institute. Projects include:

  • Aravind Eye Hospital, India: Since 1991, UCSF researchers study trachoma, Sjogren’s Syndrome and optical health delivery at the world's largest eye hospital.
  • University of Zimbabwe: Since 1994, UCSF has researched HIV-associated opportunistic infections, the psychosocial challenges of prevention, and strategies in healthcare delivery.
  • Makerere University-Uganda: Since 1998, UCSF has researched how malaria and HIV interact with one another and the human host. Emphasis is placed on strengthening the capacity of Makerere University to conduct independent research.
  • Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI): Since 2004, the FACES program has provided care and services to HIV affected families, and trains Kenyan health workers in scientifically sound HIV/AIDS care.
  • Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) –Tanzania: Since 2005, this institutional partnership has increased the capacity of MUHAS to educate healthcare workers in Tanzania.
  • Foundation for Professional Development-South Africa: Begun in 2008, UCSF Nursing works to revamp curriculum and train a new generation of nurses.
  • Aga Khan Health Services-Tanzania: In 2009, UCSF formalized a relationship with the largest private non-profit health care system in the developing world.

For a look at Global Health Sciences’ growing number of international partnerships, see this map.