Rural Health Minor


The new Rural Health Minor is designed to expand and develop skills specific to working in rural health clinics. These include working in a resource poor clinical setting, working with underserved patients (e.g. farmworkers, immigrants, and rural factory workers), addressing challenging clinical epidemics (e.g. opiate addiction, diabetes, and hand-foot disease), and more.
This minor includes both didactic content and clinical experience to prepare students to work in this setting upon graduation. In order to provide clinical experience, we have partnered with community clinics in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA). Some partners include: Alexander Valley Healthcare, CommuniCare, Marin Community Clinic, Alliance Health, and Petaluma Health Center. We also have partners in the Central Valley.

Funded through HRSA Grant # T94HP30881.


  • Enrollment in a primary care clinical specialty track: AGPCNP, FNP, or PNP
  • Good academic standing, with a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Completion of three minor courses
  • Completion of a longitudinal clinical rotation in a rural health setting in the second year of study
    • Students will be paired with one of our community clinical partners and will complete all rural clinicals at the site
    • The clinical rotations comprise: two weeks in Summer Session 2, one week in either December or March, and a summative two weeks in June after graduation.


Applications will open in Winter 2019.


Elizabeth Castillo, RN, MS, FNP
Department of Family Health Care Nursing
UCSF School of Nursing
2 Koret Way, N-411Y, Box 0606
San Francisco CA
Telephone: XXX-XXX-XXXX
Email: [email protected]