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About us

UC Davis Health is improving lives and transforming health care by providing excellent patient care, conducting groundbreaking research, fostering innovative, interprofessional education, and creating dynamic, productive partnerships with the community.

UC Davis Health is a major driver of economic prosperity for both the Sacramento region and California. According to a study of pre-pandemic data, in 2019 UC Davis Health expenditures led to a total economic impact of $4.60 billion for the seven-county local region – an additional $1.08 for every dollar UC Davis Health spent. UC Davis Health had 11,600 employees in the region, and economic activity generated indirectly and by their spending supported an additional 14,600 jobs. The report also calculates UC Davis Health’s statewide economic and employment impacts.

Nationally ranked

Nationally ranked

At UC Davis Health, we harness the power of an entire university’s nationally-ranked resources and research to tackle the most pressing health care issues facing the world today.

Based in Sacramento, California, our academic health system is home to a nationally ranked medical center, School of Medicine and School of Nursing.

We also partner with colleagues in the nation’s best School of Veterinary Medicine, the nation’s best Schools of Agriculture, one of the nation’s best Colleges of Biological Sciences and one of the nation’s best Colleges of Engineering – all from within one of the “Best Public Universities” in the U.S.

Discovering and sharing knowledge

As the region’s only academic health center, UC Davis Health is a hub of innovation that’s focused on discovering and sharing knowledge while providing the highest quality of care. Our organization includes the UC Davis Medical Center, the UC Davis School of Medicine, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, and the UC Davis Medical Group. Read more about these entities below.

Research being conducted at UC Davis Health

Our mission

Grounded in equity, we provide unparalleled care across California, transforming lives and communities. Our teams research and develop trailblazing therapies and technologies, educate and prepare a future-ready workforce, and drive excellence into all we do.

UC Davis Health encompasses

Medical Center

Sacramento-based UC Davis Medical Center is a nationally renowned academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health.

A few highlights about the medical center:

  • A 646-bed multispecialty academic medical center
  • Serves 33 counties covering a 65,000-square-mile area north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada
  • Recognized as one of the “Most Wired” hospitals in the U.S.
  • Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital by U.S. News & World Report, and among the nation’s best in multiple specialties.

Centers of excellence include:

To learn more, visit the medical center site

Physician and patience

Our 1,000-member physician group offers patient-focused primary care as well as renowned specialty expertise in more than 150 areas of health care.

  • Physician offices in Sacramento and many other communities around the region, from Auburn to Elk Grove and Davis to Folsom
  • Accepts most major health plans
  • Same- and next-day appointments for urgent care
  • Telehealth video visits for many types of care
  • Online communication with your doctor's office

To learn more, visit our primary care site or call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).

Medical Students

UC Davis School of Medicine is one of the nation’s leading medical schools, ranked in the nation’s top 10 for diversity, primary care and family medicine, with high rankings in research. It places among the nation’s leading schools for research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and is home to one of the nation’s inaugural Clinical Translational Science Centers.

  • A national reputation for life-changing biomedical discoveries
  • A passion for clinical care and a commitment to engaging people from underserved communities and advancing rural health
  • Fully accredited master’s-degree programs in public health and in informatics
  • A combined M.D.-Ph.D. program that is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care

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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis advances health and ignites leadership through innovative education, transformative research and bold system change. Founded by the nation’s largest grant for nursing education in 2007, leaders at the school develop programs that keep pace with ever-evolving health care and educate a new breed of nurse leaders.

The School of Nursing’s visionary leadership propels research in five focus areas: chronic disease management, health technology, pain management, Healthy People and Healthy Systems. Faculty come from a wide range of backgrounds including nursing, business administration, sociology, gerontology, medicine, information technology and psychology. School of Nursing students engage in classrooms and clinical environments with students in the School of Medicine, health informatics and those in other health-related programs.

A few facts about the school:

  • Offers multiple graduate-degree programs including Ph.D., D.N.P., M.H.S., M.S. and M.S.N.
  • Established in March 2009 with a $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • First classes admitted for the Master of Science ― Leadership and the Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in fall 2010
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s top 25 master’s-degree nursing programs, including a top-40 physician assistant program.

The School of Nursing cultivates academic excellence and addresses urgent, societal needs through leadership development, interprofessional education, transformative research, cultural inclusiveness and innovative technology. The school plays a critical role in preparing nurse leaders who will shape the future of health care and inform health policy. The investment made here redefines the role of nurses in the 21st century and moves toward a system that benefits all who depend on it.

To learn more, visit the School of Nursing's website

Awards and Recognitions
USNWR Best Hospital badge

Ranked among the nation’s best hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best hospital in cancer, cardiology, heart & vascular surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ENT, geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery, obstetrics & gynecology, and pulmonology & lung surgery.

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US News & World Report best Children’s Hospital badge

Ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best children’s hospital in diabetes & endocrinology, nephrology, and orthopedics*. (*Together with Shriners Children’s)

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USNWR best regional hospital badge

Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital

Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital by U.S. News, and high-performing in COPD, colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, hip fracture, hip replacement, kidney failure, leukemia, lymphoma & myeloma, lung cancer surgery, ovarian cancer surgery, pneumonia, prostate cancer surgery, stroke, TAVR, uterine cancer surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, and orthopedics.

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USNWR Nursing master's badge

Nursing master’s degree

U.S. News & World Report ranks the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing’s Master’s Entry Program in Nursing #24 (tie) in the nation.

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US News & World Report, Nursing: Physicians Assistant badge

One of America’s best physician assistant programs

U.S. News & World Report ranks the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing’s Master of Health Services — Physician Assistant Degree Program 40th in the nation (tie).

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Magnet designation badge

The nation’s highest nursing honor

UC Davis Medical Center has received Magnet® recognition, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence.

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Chime acute badge

“Most Wired” for acute care

UC Davis Health has been recognized as a level 10 out of 10 in the Digital Health “Most Wired” program from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The honor recognizes excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

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Chime ambulatory badge

“Most Wired” for ambulatory care

UC Davis Health has been recognized as a level 10 out of 10 in the Digital Health “Most Wired” program from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The honor recognizes excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

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NCI badge

World-class cancer care

One of ~56 U.S. cancer centers designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute.

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A leader in health care equality

For the 13th consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as an LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader by the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization.

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