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.

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We prepare graduates to be expert clinicians, conduct quality research, and demonstrate effective leadership that emanates from a spirit of inquiry and a commitment to life-long learning. Explore more Family Health Care Nursing Resources.

Department of Family Health Care Nursing

Faculty research focuses on health and optimal development of children, women and families across the lifespan; and developing and testing interventions to optimize health and quality of life. Basic clinical and translational studies are conducted to develop knowledge about reciprocal relationships between family processes and health in acute and chronic illness. We have an emphasis on partnership with communities and research participants from diverse backgrounds where health disparities exist.

Research programs focus on:

  • Children with complex chronic conditions as they age and transition through the healthcare system

  • Environmental effects on infant health and development

  • Psychobiological responses to childhood adversity

  • Symptom experience across the lifespan (pain, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, etc.) and self-management interventions enhanced by technology

  • Culturally-adapted family interventions for obesity and diabetes

  • System-level interventions to improve quality of care, patient safety, and patient and family engagement in care across a variety of health care environments.

We promote clinical excellence, innovation, and scholarship in support of the education of students, with a particular emphasis on learning to provide care to diverse and underserved populations.


Mission Neighborhood Health Center (MNHC)

SFGH Children’s Health Center

SFGH Pediatric Urology Clinic

San Lorenzo HS Health Center

The Young Women's Program (YWP)