The HIV Minor consists of 6 credits typically taken during the second year of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care or Family Nurse Practitioner programs, with an optional HIV-focused clinical rotation. HIV content is integrated into the primary care curricula for AGNP and FNP programs; however, additional HIV offerings provide deeper coursework and HIV-focused clinical experiences to students with a specialized interest in caring for patients living with HIV. The HIV Minor includes course content on HIV prevention, pathophysiology, policy and systems of care, pharmacology, healthcare maintenance, clinical management, and sociocultural issues.

Upon completion of the HIV Minor, graduates receive a certificate stating their specialization in HIV primary care. The HIV courses are open to any UCSF graduate nursing student as electives. Students do not have to take all of the courses unless working toward the minor.

HIV Minor students may complete primary care residencies in settings such as:

  • UCSF Positive Health Program/Ward 86
  • UCSF Women’s HIV Program
  • UCSF 360 Positive Health Program
  • San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • East Bay AIDS Center
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Veterans Health Administration
  • San Mateo County Department of Public Health Edison HIV Clinic
  • Marin County Public Health Department
  • LifeLong Medical Care: Community Health Care
  • Clinica Esperanza at Mission Neighborhood Health Center

HIV Minor Courses

  • Fall: N242A HIV Epi, Policy, & Prevention (2 units)
  • Fall through Spring: N249 UCSF HIV Grand Rounds (1 unit)
  • Spring: N242B HIV Pharmacology (1 unit)
  • Summer Session II: N242D HIV Clinical Management (2 units)
  • HIV Clinical Training: Assigned in year 2 of the NP program as part of your primary care hours. Your clinical faculty are the point of contact for all clinical placements. HIV faculty work with FNP and AGNP faculty directly in managing these placements.

Eligibility and Application

Participants in the minor must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Admission to the AGPCNP or FNP program
  • Good academic standing
  • Approval from academic advisor

To apply for the HIV Minor, students should apply to the UCSF AGNP or FNP program. After acceptance to either NP program, an application to the HIV Minor must be submitted within the first year of study. Accepted HIV Minor students or those wishing to take HIV courses as electives may modify their course of study using the online student portal. To apply, or if you have any questions, please contact Mary McQuilkin, NP, MPH, at [email protected].


HIV Minor Contact

Mary McQuilkin, NP, MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Nursing
Department of Community Health Systems
Nurse Practitioner, 360 Positive Care Clinic
350 Parnassus Ave, Suite 908, Box 0378
San Francisco, CA 94143
[email protected]