Health Policy and Public Health Concentration

The Health Policy and Public Health Concentration offers students the opportunity to analyze and critique health policy and public issues at local, state, national and international levels. Interested students are exposed to the role and importance of nurses’ engagement in health policies in health care delivery and population health arenas.

The objectives are to 1) assess the policy dimensions of issues in clinical practice, teaching, research and leadership/administration to identify how practice and policy are interrelated 2) develop knowledge on policy theory and advocacy and apply skills to policy areas of interest. 3) recognize the importance of using data and research to informing health policy and advocacy.


Students from all Master’s program specialties are welcome to register for this concentration. Students are required to take three courses with a minimum of 6 units to complete the concentration.

Course requirements include: N253, N215, plus at least one additional course that appears on the Health Policy and Public Health model curriculum.

Courses may not overlap with the requirements of the student’s specialty or with the requirements to fulfill another focus. Courses for the concentration may be taken as pass/no pass if desired.

Not all courses are taught each year, so students will need to determine how to complete the focus given their program requirements.  Students should check the UCSF the course schedule, and the course catalog when registering for classes each quarter. Additionally, the "S" courses are also listed at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences course schedule page. Students are encouraged to speak with the HPPH administrative coordinator Brandee Woleslagle Blank about how to best fit classes into the schedule of their specialty.

Independent study, policy research practicum, or health policy residency may be substituted for one course. Please speak to Brandee Woleslagle Blank in advance of making these substitutions

The following courses count toward the concentration:

Course Schedule Units
N253 Theories of Health Policy Process Fall quarter 3 units
N215 Advanced Public Health Nursing Fall quarter 3 units
One more course of at least 2 units that appears on the HPPH curriculum    

Process for Applying to the Concentration

Students who wish to be recognized as having completed the concentration must register their intent to take the concentration by emailing HPPH administrative coordinator Brandee Woleslagle Blank and completing the online Health Policy & Public Health Focus completion form. Please complete the form by the time you enroll in your final course.

Students should discuss their interest in this focus with their advisor; students can also confer with the HPPH administrative coordinator, Brandee Woleslagle Blank, when choosing courses and determining how to fit courses into their specialty program schedules.

Upon completion, students can add the concentration to their CV. To request a certificate of completion, please send an email to Brandee Woleslagle Blank.


The HPPH administrative coordinator is Brandee Woleslagle Blank