Minor in Nursing: Health Policy

Some Master's students may elect to choose a "minor." A "minor" typically consists of three or more courses within one of the designated minor areas.

The Nursing Health Policy Minor

The minor in health policy offers students the opportunity to analyze and critique health policy issues at local, state, national, and international levels. The minor requires that students complete three health policy courses. Theories of the Policy Process (N253) is required in addition to 2 other health policy courses not otherwise required by the specialty curriculum. A variety of courses with a health policy component are available (Check UCSF course listings for current offerings.)

The aim of the minor is to further expose interested students to the role and influence of health policies on the initiation, development, and provision of diverse health care and public health services and programs throughout the world. Students interested in completing the minor.

Students interested in the minor must complete the online Nursing Health Policy Minor Enrollment Form (link will open form in a new window).   Please follow all instructions found on the form.


Courses approved for Policy Minor

Note that not all courses are offered every year. Please check the registrar's schedule or your student portal:

(required) N253 Theories of the Health Policy Process Course focuses on learning and using theories of the policy process, including analyzing how health policy problems are constructed. Perspectives on agenda setting, media roles, advocacy, policy innovation, diffusion, and implementation will be integrated with examples of policy problems. (Dubbin) Offered every Fall.

N240.20 Global & Comparative Health Care Policies This course introduces students to the comparative study of global health care systems and policies, drawing from the fields of public policy, health care economics, public health, sociology, ethics and history. Includes health care systems/policies of industrialized and industrializing nations and examines the new federal health law and alternative models of reform. Combines lecture, discussion, and policy analysis. (Chaufan) Offered in some Springs.

N260H Global Health Policy and Nursing Course examines definitions of global health and the social, cultural, and economic determinants of health. It will explore how global health policy is developed and how nursing works with these forces to ensure that nursing’s agenda of patient advocacy is part of these policy decisions. Offered in some Springs.

N 262.06 Research Utilization in Health Policy  Course focuses on the development of critical thinking skills related to utilization and evaluation of research findings in the area of health policy. The course uses scientific and practical approaches to research and policy analysis. (Chapman) Offered every Spring.

S 201 Violence as a Health Problem in the United States Class explores the scope and etiology of violence in the United States. Discussion includes the links between different types of violence, examination of competing theoretical approaches to explain the causes of violence, and different policy approaches to resolve and prevent violence. (Pinderhughes). Offered in some Springs.

S202 Future of Health and Health Care Course provides an overview of the Futures field, including key history, theory and practice. Course content will review tools that futurists use to envision the future(s). Students will engage in weekly discussions of the readings, with an emphasis on visions of the future, and apply futures concepts to develop alternative scenarios. (Gardner) Offered in some Springs.

S 206 Corporate Influences on Health and Health Care. Course examines the positive and negative contributions of corporate entities to health, health care and health policy within the U.S. and globally, focusing on developing critical thinking and policy analysis skills related to system-level structural-economic factors that influence health. (Bialous) Offered in odd-year Falls.

S 219 Social Policy and Aging  Course will expose students to a range of conceptual perspectives from the social & policy sciences on the subject of aging and social policy, including theories of aging, retirement policy, ideologies of approaches to aging policies, income security policies, health care and long-term care policies, disability issues, and aging and diversity, as well as future issues related to social policy in aging. The course focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on aging in the United States. (Hollister)  Offered in some Winters.

S 223 Perspectives on Public Policy Course offers systematic overview of health policy in American government, its scope, dynamics, and conceptual and practical dilemmas. Students will become acquainted with major issues involved in formulating, financing, implementing, and assessing patterns of decision (i.e., policy) established by government. (Pinderhughes).  Offered in some Springs.

S 225 Organizational Analysis of US Healthcare Develops capacity to understand and conduct systematic research on health care orgs. Covers theoretical perspectives on organizations: contingency theory, resource dependency, organizational ecology, inst. theory, networks, strategic management, economic perspectives. Perspectives are considered in the context of studies of organizations including: hospitals, HMO's, mental health agencies, nursing homes, biotech firms, and academic health centers. (Chapman)  Offered in even-year Springs.

S 235 Tobacco Control Policy Issues Course will focus on developing students' understanding of the key issues in and evolution of tobacco control policies in the United States and internationally. Lectures and readings in the history of tobacco control will prepare students to engage in weekly discussions and case studies of particular tobacco control policies. (Bialous) Offered every Winter

S 236 Race/Class Factors in Health Care Delivery Course examines racial and class membership impact on access to health care services, variations in the quality of those services, variations in the quality of those services, and how professional and sub-professional roles in the health care system are organized along racial and class lines. (Pinderhughes) Offered in even-year Falls

S 246 Communications and Policy Leadership Course focuses on developing students' skills in various types of policy-relevant communications and leadership across different policy venues. (Chapman) Offered every Fall

S 260 Policy and Politics of Health Course examines health care policy and politics in terms of historical and contemporary issues related to access, quality, and cost. Organizational, financing, and labor market issues are included, along with strategies for social change.(Pinderhughes) Offered in odd-year Springs

S 284 Health Care Economics Course examines basic economic theory as applied to the health care sector. This will include the structure of health care service and labor markets and the analysis of critical economic and cost issues relevant to public policy. (Max) Offered every Winter