The HIV Minor consists of 6.5 credits typically taken during the second year of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care or Family Nurse Practitioner programs, with an HIV-focused clinical rotation. Students in the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner or Advanced Public Health Nursing programs may also elect an HIV-focused clinical experience or project. 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 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 people 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.

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

  • UCSF Positive Health Program/Ward 86

  • UCSF Women’s HIV Program

  • San Francisco Community Health Center

  • 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

  • La Clínica Esperanza at Mission Neighborhood Health Center

HIV Minor Courses

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

  • Fall, Winter, & Spring: N242E UCSF HIV Grand Rounds (1.5 units)

  • 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, AGNP, or PMHNP faculty to coordinate these placements.

Eligibility and Application

Participants in the minor must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Admission to the AGPCNP, FNP, or PMHNP program

  • Good academic standing

  • Approval from academic advisor

To apply for the HIV Minor, students should apply to the UCSF NP program. After acceptance, 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 at any time 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
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Nursing
Department of Community Health Systems
HIV Minor Coordinator
[email protected]