The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) hosts schools for biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, medicine, nursing, and public health. Founded in 1972 by the U.T. System Board of Regents, the university trains more healthcare professionals than any other institution in the State of Texas, and it is the most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the entire U.S. Gulf Coast region.
The UT Health Science Center at Houston is the sixth largest medical school in the United States, and includes a psychiatric hospital and dozens of clinics widespread across the region. The university’s primary teaching hospitals include Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital.
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Schools, Centers and Institutes at UT Health Science Center at Houston
The University is composed of six schools, with almost all of them having their own Centers and Insititues.
- Medical School, founded in 1970, has 21 different centers and institutes;
- Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, founded in 1963, participates in and collaborates with the Centers and Institutes of the other five Schools;
- School of Dentistry, found in 1905, has a unique center, the Houston Center for Biomaterials and Biomimetics;
- School of Nursing, founded in 1972, relies on three different centers;
- School of Public Health, founded 1967, includes 13 centers and institutes;
- School of Biomedical Informatics, founded in 1972, only has the Center for Biosecurity and Public Health Informatics Research.
The University has its own centers and institutes as well. They are: the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, the Center for Laboratory Animal Medicine & Care, the Consortium on Aging, the Institute for Health Policy, the Collaborative Research Centers and Institutes, the Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging, the Center for Biomedical Engineering. On the other side, Collaborative Research Centers and Institutes also play an importante role at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, among them is the Gulf Coast Consortia, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, the Texas Medical Center Digestive Diseases Center, and the Texas Trauma Institute.
Besides being the 6th largest medical school in the U.S., the institution is first in number of health care graduates in Texas. Its School of Nursing is ranked in top 5% in the U.S., with more than a century dedicated to dental excellence. The School of Biomedical Informatics is the first and only of its kind, and the School of Public Health itself is home to six campuses — more than any other in the nation.
UT Health Science Center at Houston in numbers
The six schools that compose UT Health Science Center at Houston teach more than 4 490 students, distributed among 19 degrees and certified programs. The enrollment by school is heterogeneous: the School of Public Health has 1,298 students, followed by the Medical School (1037 students), the School of Nursing (956), the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (555), the School of Dentistry (503) and last the School of Biomedical Informatics, with 140 students.
Over the years, the university has taught thousands of scholars, it is estimated that the number of its Alumnus is over 34 000. In 2012, UT Health Science Center at Houston’s budget consisted of $984.1 million, from which $226.7 million went to research expenditures. In the same year, the Health Center and its associated services receive 380,388 patient visits. The university occupies 4.0 million sq. ft. with more than 60 buildings and facilities.