for females ages 18-25 (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California
study started
estimated completion
Cynthia C. Harper, PhD



The purpose of this study is to measure whether a training and education intervention for clinic staff and young women aged 18-25 on contraceptive methods, including intrauterine devices (IUDs) and the implant, will result in greater contraceptive knowledge and access among students in community colleges.

Official Title

UCSF College Health Study: A Cluster Randomized Trial on Contraceptive Training and Education at Community Colleges


In the US, young women aged 18-25 years experience high rates of unintended pregnancy and have limited knowledge of contraception or their pregnancy risks. They have little familiarity with the full range of contraceptives, particularly long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) including the IUD and implant. This campus-level, multiple component intervention provides evidence-based contraceptive training and education to clinic staff and students in this age group attending community colleges in California and Texas.


Contraception Hormonal contraception Long-acting reversible contraception Condoms Emergency contraception Family planning services Contraceptive Agents Contraceptive Training and Education Nutrition Education


You can join if…

Open to females ages 18-25

This study involves two groups of human subjects: students at 28 community colleges and staff at the student health center and referral clinics.

Students must be:

  • Female;
  • Age 18-25;
  • Speaks English;
  • Sexually active (vaginal sex with a male partner) in the last year;
  • Not currently pregnant;
  • Does not want to become pregnant in the next 12 months;
  • At risk of pregnancy (including not sterilized);
  • Enrolled in the current term at the participating community college;
  • First-time college students, meaning no college enrollment prior to the current academic year; and
  • Willing to be contacted by email and telephone over the next 12 months.

Clinic staff must:

  • Be employed by a participating clinic; and
  • Offer clinical care, counseling or education for contraception at the clinic.

For colleges to be eligible to be study sites, they must:

  • Be an accredited community college;
  • Not share health center staff with a participating college site;
  • Have no active LARC intervention; and
  • Enroll students ages 18-25 years.

You CAN'T join if...

  • Students and clinic staff will be excluded if they do not meet the inclusion criteria.


  • University of California San Francisco accepting new patients
    San Francisco California 94118 United States

Lead Scientist

  • Cynthia C. Harper, PhD
    Cynthia C. Harper, PhD, is a Professor in Residence in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and is the Director of the UCSF-Kaiser BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health) K12 scholar training program. She is a member of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health Executive Committee.


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