The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston was created by the UT System Board of Regents and supported by the Texas Legislature in 1972. Located in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, the school is primarily a graduate education university focusing on the health sciences.
The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center in the world with one of the highest densities of clinical facilities for patient care, basic science, and translational research. Located in Houston, the center contains 49 medicine-related institutions, including 13 hospitals and two specialty institutions, two medical schools, four nursing schools, and schools of dentistry, public health, pharmacy, and other health-related practices. All 49 institutions are not-for-profit. Exceeding one thousand acres in size, the center is larger than downtown Dallas or Chicago within the “Loop”. Some member institutions are located outside of the city of Houston. The center is where one of the first and largest air ambulance services was created and where a successful inter-institutional transplant program was developed. According to the Texas Medical Center, more heart surgeries are performed here than anywhere else in the world.
The Dental Branch trains the highest-quality oral health care practitioners for the State of Texas and engages in leading edge research. The Dental Branch sponsors 12 accredited academic programs and is the only school in the US to offer a full array: the eight recognized specialty programs, both of the recognized graduate primary care programs and a dental hygiene program.
From its beginning, GSBS adopted an interdisciplinary approach to graduate education that provides broad-based training in the biomedical sciences as well as in-depth training in the area of a student?s thesis research. The educational program of GSBS, with a minimal number of required courses, allows students to design highly individualized programs of study.
The Medical School provides the highest quality education and training of future physicians for the State of Texas, in harmony with the state?s diverse population; to conduct the highest caliber of research in the biomedical and health sciences; and to provide exemplary clinical services.
The School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) is the first such school in the nation to offer graduate degrees in health informatics. The school’s mission is to provide educational and research opportunities in informatics to health care professionals and biomedical scientists in interdisciplinary teams. Currently two degrees are offered, a master of science in health informatics (MS), a doctor of philosophy in health informatics (PhD). Additionally, the school offers a certificate of Health Information Sciences and dual-degree and distance education programs.
The School of Nursing offers a broad range of course work and a wide variety of clinical settings in which students and faculty can study, conduct research, and participate in clinical practice. The school has once again been independently recognized by U.S. News and World Report, whose Year 2001 ranking placed the UTHSC-H School of Nursing in the top 12%: of 272 schools cited, we ranked number 32 . We are well on the way to achieving our goal of becoming one of the top ten nursing schools in the country.
The mission of the school is to improve and sustain the health of people by providing the highest quality graduate education, research and community service for Texas, the nation and internationally. The school has five regional campuses located in Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio where they offer the Master of Public Health degrees. The main campus in Houston offers the degrees of Master of Public Health, Master of Science, Doctor of Public Health and Doctor of Philosophy. The Houston campus also offers concurrent MD/MPH, JD/MPH, MSN/MPH and MSW/MPH programs.
Average tuition at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston high, about $19,000 a year. The additional fees at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston not covered by tuition are nearly $900; this totals $19,900 a year.