University of California Health
Academic Health Sciences
The University of California operates the largest health sciences instructional program in the nation, enrolling over 15,500 health sciences students and trainees across 20 schools on seven campuses. These include schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary medicine.
Within University of California Health (UCH), the Academic Health Sciences function provides leadership, strategic direction, policy guidance and advocacy to advance the health sciences goals at individual campuses as well as the overall system. The unit works closely with leadership in the Office of the President (OP) and campus health leaders (deans, chief executive officers, chief medical and nursing officers, senior faculty members and others) on a complex range of issues and priorities.
The Responsibilities of Academic Health Sciences include:
This unit manages a variety of programs and initiatives that may be ongoing or short-term in nature, such as system-wide oversight and compliance of the UC Anatomical Donation Program (ADP) for education and research purposes at all six UC medical schools, and management and oversight of Proposition 56 funding for a Statewide Graduate Medical Education (GME) program, with a budget of approximately $40 million annually as a result of a tax on tobacco. Learn more about these initiatives in our related links.