HIV Special Focus Area

The electives in the HIV special focus area consists of 3 courses. Students from any MS specialty are welcome. Clinical Rotations As available, Nurse Practitioner students can complete 30-45 hours of a HIV specialty or HIV primary care clinical rotation in year two. These clinical rotations are optional and must be approved by the student’s advisor. Clinical rotations may include: UCSF Positive Health Program/Ward 86, SFDPH, East Bay AIDS Center, Veterans Health Administration, San Mateo County DPH Edison HIV Clinic, Marin County DPH, LifeLong Medical Care, and Clinica Esperanza at Mission Neighborhood Health.

HIV content is integrated into the primary care curricula programs; however, additional HIV offerings provide deeper coursework and HIV-focused clinical or project experiences to students with a specialized interest in caring for people living with HIV. The HIV focus elective course content includes content on HIV prevention, pathophysiology, policy and systems of care, pharmacology, healthcare maintenance, clinical management, and sociocultural issues. To accommodate busy schedules, most courses are delivered in a flipped classroom approach where students complete self-paced online learning throughout the term, then meet in-person for one to three full days to apply what they learned in an interactive group setting with sessions led by experts in the field of HIV.

The HIV courses are open to any UCSF graduate nursing student as electives, although some content is tailored to the advanced practice role.


Participants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Admission to one of the UCSF School of Nursing Master of Science programs
  • Good academic standing
  • Approval from academic advisor

HIV Elective Courses

(Note: Courses with fewer than six students will not be offered)

  • Fall: N242A HIV Epidemiology, Policy & Prevention (2 units) 

  • Fall, Winter and Spring: Positive Health Program HIV Grand Rounds (not an official course but highly recommended)

  • Spring: N242B HIV/AIDS Clinical Pharmacology (1 unit)

  • Summer Session II: N242D HIV/AIDS Clinical Management (2 units)

HIV Clinical Training or Project: HIV clinical rotation may be completed in year 2 of the NP program as part of the primary care hours. Individualized projects or HIV-related experiences are coordinated between the student's academic advisor, program faculty and the HIV faculty.

To participate in electives in the HIV focus area

Please submit this form before the spring term of year one.



Carol Dawson-Rose, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Health Systems
[email protected]