SBS Research

The research mission of the Department is1) to advance knowledge through theory and research;2) to design and evaluate the organization, financing, and delivery of health care; and 3) to examine the dynamics of health, healing, and the production of knowledge and its application in these domains. Department faculty are actively involved in a large number of research activities directly and indirectly related to the teaching program and the mission of the department.


SBS is affiliated with the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging, an organized research unit of the campus which conducts research in the following areas: health economics, substance abuse, disability, health and diverse populations, aging and long-term care, women's health, healthy and active aging, and other areas.


SBS is part of the UCSF Center for Health and Community, a group of health policy and social sciences departments and research units within the university sharing a common mission that includes advancing innovative partnerships, interdisciplinary programs and service to the community; providing students with the basic and applied aspects of social and behavioral sciences and health policy; and improving the quality of education for health professionals and researchers.

Members: 
Adele Clarke, PhD
Howard Pinderhughes, PhD
Janet Shim, PhD
Ruth Malone, RN, PhD, FAAN
Shari Dworkin, PhD, MS
Susan Chapman, RN, PhD, FAAN
Zachary Zimmer, PhD