Family Health Care Nursing

The Department of Family Health Care Nursing optimizes the health and well-being of children, women, and families in a changing multicultural society through our nursing programs of teaching, research and practice, as well as through community service locally and globally.

Family Health Care Nursing is a department within the School of Nursing.


The Department of Family Health Care Nursing supports the education of nurses who become leading researchers and expert advanced practice registered nurses (APRN), with a focus on serving diverse and underserved communities. The specialties train both Master’s and Post-Master’s level APRN students along with doctoral students.

Certified Nurse Midwifery (CNM)/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)

The Certified Nurse Midwifery (CNM)/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) specialty prepares advanced practice clinicians to provide primary care to childbearing individuals in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings including clinics, hospitals, homes and birth centers. The graduates provide care that is informed by a core belief in patient autonomy and the importance of supporting physiologic processes, including birth.

Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty educates future health care leaders in clinical care, research and policy. We are committed to training providers who are dedicated to increasing health equity. Students learn to provide excellent community-based, primary care to a wide range of patient populations with complex health care needs.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist specialties develop culturally sensitive providers who are able to address the complex health needs of acutely ill and recuperating neonates and infants and their families, and reduce disparity in neonatal care access. Students can choose to become either a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) or neonatal clinical nurse specialist (CNS).

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care (PNP-AC) specialty prepares advanced practice clinicians who provide family-centered care to meet the specialized needs of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with unstable chronic, complex acute, and critical health conditions.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care (PNP-PC) specialty prepares clinicians and leaders to promote health equity and optimal health from birth through young adulthood in ambulatory settings. Students develop knowledge and skills in pediatric primary health and chronic illness care for infants, children, and adolescents in community and clinic environments.


Faculty research focuses on health and optimal development of children, adults and families across the lifespan; and developing and testing interventions to optimize health, quality of life, and health equity. Basic, clinical, policy and translational studies are conducted to develop knowledge about reciprocal relationships between family processes and health in acute and chronic illness. Additionally, faculty engage in research that optimizes health equity, prevention and wellness. Faculty research emphasizes partnerships with communities and research participants from diverse backgrounds where health disparities exist locally and globally.

Patient Care

The faculty in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing engage in active faculty practice across settings in the academic health centers and community settings.


Emeritus Faculty


Phyllis Blackwell
Ladan Khoddam-Khorasani

Brody Lowry
Laura Moy

Griselda Thomas
Jeremy Wong

Contact Us

Family Health Care Nursing
2 Koret Way, Box 0606
San Francisco, CA 94541
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