Improving health and reducing inequities worldwide


What We Do

The 250+ GHS faculty and staff strive to positively impact the lives of people in developing nations around the world, as well as in communities in which we work and live. We do this through education and training, both in San Francisco and in developing countries, as well as through research, capacity building, technical assistance and policy development.

Through the Malaria Elimination, Private Sector Healthcare, and Evidence to Policy Initiatives, our Global Health Group translates research and policy into practical action on major global health issues. The GHG is an “action tank” dedicated to identifying, elaborating and translating innovative solutions to major global health challenges into large-scale action to advance health and save lives in low- and middle-income countries.

The 70+ affiliated faculty and senior staff of the Prevention & Public Health Group (PPHG) deploy their expertise and field experience around the world to train local professionals, evaluate data to inform policy, conduct research, and build capacity. PPHG leverages strengths in training, technical assistance, and mentoring in surveillance methodologies, core and ancillary survey design, implementation, evaluation, and use.

In recent years, GHS has launched programs in neglected infectious diseases (FIRST) and preterm birth.

GHS has developed a growing suite of innovative graduate educational offerings that allow students in UCSF’s professional schools to integrate global health into their training. GHS trains students to become future leaders in global health—not only as clinicians, but also as policy experts, educators, researchers, and development professionals who address the world’s most daunting health challenges.

Our flagship education program is the Masters of Science Degree in Global Health Sciences. This program—the first in the United States—has grown rapidly from seven to 45 students in just six years.