Overview & History
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston has been blazing a course of excellence since it was established by the Texas Legislature on June 13, 1969. Three considerations led to the organization of the school: local, regional, and national shortages of physicians; the extraordinary, but until then underutilized, resources for medical education in Houston and the Texas Medical Center; and the large number of well-qualified candidates seeking entry to medical school.
The first class of 19 entered the Medical School 1970, and by 1979, class sizes of 200, as mandated by the Texas Legislature, were the norm at the Medical School. Today, the Legislature mandates classes of 230 per year to meet the growing demand of physicians throughout the state of Texas.
A diverse and friendly student body, the Medical School consistently has been named one of the top 10 best medical schools for Hispanic students.
Since its inception, more than 5,000 physicians have earned their medical degree here. The Medical School also provides residency and fellow training as well as continuing education programs for practicing physicians. It is accredited by the Association of American Medical Colleges Liaison Committee on Medical Education.
Making up The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston are six schools: the School of Biomedical Informatics, the Dental Branch, the School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and the Medical School. The health science center also includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, the Mental Sciences Institute, the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases, and several interdisciplinary centers.
The UT Health Science Center, located in the prestigious and vibrant Texas Medical Center, is one of 15 components in The University of Texas System, six of which are health related.
The mission of The University of Texas Medical School at
Houston is to provide the highest quality of 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 in relationship to our educational and discovery activities.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificate, undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.