Facts & Figures 3


UCSF is renowned for its excellence in educating and training students in the health professions. The UCSF schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy and the Graduate Division all rank among the nation’s most prestigious advanced study programs in the health sciences.

Graduate degrees offered at UCSF are dentistry (DDS, PhD, MS), medicine (MD, MD-PhD, DPT), nursing (PhD, MS), pharmacy (PharmD), Graduate Division (master’s and doctoral). Key facts about UCSF are:

  • The UCSF School of Dentistry is recognized nationwide for its innovative 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 U.S. dental schools.
  • The UCSF School of Medicine is the only school in the country to rank among the top five in both research and primary care in the 2015 survey on America’s best graduate schools by US News & World Report. UCSF ranks third in both research and primary care education.
  • The UCSF School of Nursing ranked No. 2 in the nation in the most recent (2015) US News & World Report survey on best nursing schools.
  • The UCSF School of Pharmacy ranked No. 1 in the nation in the most recent (2012) US News & World Report survey of best schools of pharmacy.
  • The Graduate Division’s PhD programs rank at the top nationally, including several in the top 10, according to the prestigious National Research Council’s  2010 survey. The seven programs in the top 10 are:  nursing, bioengineering, biochemistry and molecular biology, neuroscience, biophysics, biomedical sciences, and cell biology. Another five programs are rated among the nation's best: medical anthropology, chemistry and chemical biology, sociology, genetics, and oral and craniofacial sciences. 

The UCSF Fresno program supports UCSF’s educational mission. Students from UCSF’s four schools (dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy) and residents from three schools (dentists, physicians and pharmacists in training) have the opportunity to take a rotation in the program. Based in Fresno, the program is affiliated with regional hospitals and medical centers, and plays a vital role in supporting local health care needs.

Patient Care

Key facts about the UCSF clinical enterprise:

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco rank among the nation's best hospitals.  

  • UCSF Medical Center has 495 licensed beds for adult patients.
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, with locations in San Francisco and Oakland, has a total of 345 licensed beds.
  • UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals see about 40,000 inpatients and generate more than 1 million outpatient visits per year.
  • Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, which has 67 licensed beds, is under a separate license and sees 720 inpatients and 33,500 outpatient visits per year.
  • The UCSF Dental Center operates 14 clinics (based at three sites in San Francisco) and sees 121,000 patients per year.

San Francisco Presence

UCSF has three major, multibuilding campus sites in San Francisco: Parnassus HeightsMission Bay and Mount Zion. In addition, major programs and departments are located at 19 sites owned or leased by UCSF throughout the city. 


San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) has been a partner with UCSF in public health since 1873. Faculty from all four UCSF schools – dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy – work at SFGH, where they provide patient care treatment and services, conduct research and teach. All physicians at SFGH hold UCSF faculty appointments.

Today, the SFGH workforce includes almost 2,000 UCSF employees (physicians, specialty nurses, health care professionals and others) who work side by side with 3,500 city employees. SFGH serves as a major teaching hospital for UCSF residents and fellows.

San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) is owned by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and is affiliated with all four UCSF schools: dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy. More than 240 full- and part-time UCSF physicians are on staff at SFVAMC and provide patient care. SFVAMC serves as a major teaching hospital for UCSF residents. It funds 171 positions for UCSF residents who train at SFVAMC, and provides clinical training for one-third of UCSF medical students.

The J. David Gladstone Institutes is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution comprising three institutes devoted to the study of cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, and Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders. Gladstone is located adjacent to the UCSF Mission Bay campus. Through the institutes’ affiliation with UCSF, Gladstone investigators hold UCSF faculty appointments and participate in many University activities, including the teaching and training of graduate students.

Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center is an independent, nonprofit organization focusing on the study of the biological basis of alcohol abuse and substance abuse. The Gallo Center is located in Emeryville, California. All Gallo Center faculty hold appointments in departments and interdisciplinary graduate programs at UCSF, and most receive grant support from the National Institutes of Health.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a nonprofit medical research organization, and UCSF serves as one of its host institutions. Based in Chevy Chase, Maryland, HHMI 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 several UCSF scientists are part of this group.


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