History and Overview
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) was established in Memphis in 1911, dedicated solely to health science education and research. Seed programs in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy - with their origins in the late 1800s - quickly flourished, and within a few short years, new programs were initiated in allied health sciences, graduate health sciences, and nursing. Each of these programs grew to become a college in its own right. In 1963, the UT Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville became part of the UTHSC, and in 1974, the UT College of Medicine, Chattanooga, likewise joined the institution.
There are approximately 3,200 students enrolled in one of 31 health-related degree programs or one of 16 graduate certificate programs and approximately 1,400 residents and fellows receive training (most of whom are in one of 85 programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) through the Graduate Medical Education Program.
The clinical practices affiliated with the UTHSC account for more than $350 million in revenue for the institution. This revenue, coupled with more than $100 million from the research enterprise, significantly contributes to achieving the mission of the UTHSC to “bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region…”
The UTHSC is comprised of the following six colleges:
The UTHSC offers the following degree programs and graduate certificates through online instruction:
UT Health Science Center Mission Statement
The mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is to improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans and the global community by fostering integrated, collaborative, and inclusive education, research, scientific discovery, clinical care, and public service.
Location and Facilities
The main campus of the UTHSC is located in Memphis, with additional locations in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville, and on the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (also located in Memphis). In addition, the UTHSC has formal affiliations with teaching hospitals and clinical facilities across the state to facilitate the clinical education of future health professionals. The UT Health Science Center administrative offices are located on the Memphis Campus, Hyman Building, at 62 South Dunlap, Memphis, TN. The administrative offices for each of the six colleges are also located on the Memphis Campus. For more detailed information regarding UTHSC facilities, refer to CenterScope.