Throughout its fifty year history, the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies has been a leader in inter-disciplinary training for the next generation of health policy researchers and practitioners.

The UCSF – UC Hastings Health Policy and Law program offers a jointly-conferred Master of Science degree that provides students with the tools and training needed to effectively navigate and address contemporary legal and policy challenges in health and health science.

IHPS develops post-doctoral trainees in multiple programs at UCSF. Our flagship Philip R. Lee (PRL) Health Policy Fellowship provides post-doctoral training for highly-qualified individuals with a PhD, MD/PhD, or RN/PhD in the social and behavioral sciences, public health, public policy, and related fields. We also host post-doctoral fellows who work on specific projects with our faculty.

IHPS offers a training series called “How to Impact Policy Change.” This series is designed for UCSF faculty, staff, and trainees to improve their skills in interacting with policymakers and other stakeholders that influence health policy.

IHPS programs and activities help to develop the faculty at IHPS and support their advancement. IHPS helps faculty develop professional skills across the continuum of faculty rank, and identifes and provides activities to support interdisciplinary research.

UCSF’s Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies has established a yearlong health policy research fellowship for medical students in cooperation with the Kaiser Family Foundation. The Kaiser Family Foundation is a leading national health policy organization which conducts and disseminates health policy research findings to inform health policy decision-making. Its headquarters are in downtown San Francisco, and they also have a satellite office in Washington, D.C. Information about the Kaiser Family Foundation’s work on health care coverage, access to care, health care costs, women’s health, HIV care, global health, and a variety of other health policy topics.