Our Mission, Vision, and History

Director Dr. Sunita Mutha at a podium.

Mission and Vision

At Healthforce Center, we believe that people are the most important element in health care. Our mission is to equip health care organizations with the workforce knowledge and leadership skills to effect positive change.

We envision an effective and responsive system in which organizations across the health care ecosystem are prepared with the knowledge and leadership skills to drive progress toward more effective health care delivery and more equitable health outcomes for all.


Healthforce Center at UCSF (formerly the Center for the Health Professions) was founded in 1992. For three decades, our research and publications have helped health care leaders and policymakers better understand the health workforce and develop successful improvement strategies and policies. Our dynamic leadership training programs have touched thousands of people health care who continue to make significant and meaningful change in health care. From the beginning, our work has been shaped by the recognition that equity is essential for healthy communities.

Healthforce Center is part of the University of California, San Francisco, the leading university dedicated to advancing health worldwide. Our collective mandate is to advance health care quality and equity.