Health Policy Residency


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In addition to coursework, master's students complete a 10-week health policy residency.

This may involve working in policy settings that include: legislative and regulatory offices, advocacy organizations, foundations involved in setting agendas for funding policy-related research and programs, health care organizations, community organizations, and professional associations.

Residencies emphasize the application of policy skills in real-world settings.  In the November 2008 National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization newletter, NewsLine, alumna Robertina Szolarova wrote of her policy residency experience in, Bridging the Gap Between Work in the Field and Capitol Hill.  You can read her article starting on page 9.

Past students have completed residencies in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., and Geneva at the World Health Organization in addition to numerous San Francisco-area placements.  Our students have completed their residencies at:

  • California Health Benefits Review Program
  • Department of Health Care Services
  • Altarum Institute
  • Ibis Reproductive Health
  • California Department of Public Health
  • California Hospital Association
  • California Health Benefits Review Program
  • California Youth Advocacy Network
  • Naya Health
  • The World Health Organization
  • Institute for health and aging/UCSF School of Nursing
  • California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR)
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Mental Health Association of San Francisco
  • Compassion & Choices of Nothern California
  • Office of Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland
  • Samuels & Associates
  • California Immigrant Policy Center
  • National Coalition on Health Care
  • Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital Systems
  • Santa Clara County Public Health Department
  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • Carbon Roots International Inc.
  • Pacific Business Group On Health (PBGH)
  • California Assembly
  • California State Rural Health Association
  • SF POLST Coalition
  • Office of the Speaker, Nancy Pelosi
  • UCSF-UCB Global Health Frameworks Program
  • National Research Center for Women and Families
  • Cal eConnect
  • The Aging Services of California   
  • Center for the Health Professions, UCSF
  • World Health Organization, Tobacco Free Inititative
  • ... and more!  Click here for our residency history