HIV Minor


The HIV Minor consists of 4 courses worth 6.5 units, plus a HIV-related clinical rotation, experience, or project depending on students' course of study. Students in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) track traditionally complete 30-45 hours of a HIV specialty or HIV primary care clinical rotation in year two. Students in non-clinical tracks may select HIV as the topic for a project or may develop a HIV-related experience tailored to their professional goals. Upon completion of the HIV Minor, graduates receive a certificate to document their specialized preparation to care for people living with HIV.

HIV content is integrated into the primary care curricula of the AGPCNP and FNP programs; however, additional HIV offerings provide deeper coursework and HIV-focused clinical experiences to students with a specialized interest in caring for people living with HIV. The Minor includes course 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 Nurse Practitioner role. Students do not have to take all of the courses unless working toward the Minor.

HIV Minor students may complete clinical rotations in settings such as:

  • UCSF Positive Health Program/Ward 86

  • UCSF Women’s HIV Program

  • San Francisco Department of Public Health

  • East Bay AIDS Center

  • Veterans Health Administration

  • San Mateo County Department of Public Health Edison HIV Clinic

  • Marin County Public Health Department

  • LifeLong Medical Care: Community Health Care

  • Clínica Esperanza at Mission Neighborhood Health Center

HIV Minor Courses

  • Fall: N242A HIV Epidemiology, Policy & Prevention (2 units) *meets the sociocultural requirement

  • Fall through Spring; 3 terms: N242E UCSF HIV Grand Rounds (1.5 units, 0.5/term)

  • Spring: N242B HIV Pharmacology (1 unit)

  • Summer Session II: N242D HIV Clinical Management (2 units)*students unable to take SSII can contact the HIV Minor Coordinator about making up credit in the Fall

  • 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 Minor Coordinator.

Eligibility and Application

Participants in the minor 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

To apply for the HIV Minor, students should first apply to a Master of Science program at the UCSF School of Nursing. After acceptance, an application to the HIV Minor may be submitted anytime before the spring term of year one. Please contact Mary McQuilkin, NP, MPH, at [email protected] with questions or to submit an application.


HIV Minor Contact

Mary McQuilkin, NP, MPH
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Nursing
Department of Community Health Systems
HIV Minor Coordinator
[email protected]