Howard University College of Medicine

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Howard University
College of Medicine
Howard University seal.png
Howard University seal
Latin: 'Veritas et Utilitas'
Motto Truth and Service
Established 1868[1]
Type Private
Dean Mark S. Johnson, M.D., MPH[2]
Location Washington, D.C., USA
Campus Urban

The Howard University College of Medicine (HUCM) is an academic division of Howard University, and grants the Doctor of Medicine (MD), Ph.D., MS, and the MPH. HUCM is located at the Howard University Health Sciences Center in Washington, D.C., and was founded in 1868 in response to the city's growing population.


Howard University is named after Major General Oliver Otis Howard.[3] Howard and the other founders of the university understood the urgent need for a medical school in the nation's capitol. The civil war had just ended, and freed African-American people were migrating to the nation's capital in large numbers.[3] The first opening exercise for the newly created Medical Department was held at the First Congregational Church of Christ on November 5, 1868. One of the first five faculty members was Dr. Alexander Thomas Augusta, reportedly the first African-American to serve on a medical school faculty in the United States.[3]


The current interim dean of Howard University College of Medicine is Edward E. Cornwell III, M.D..

Graduate programs[edit]

Howard University College of Medicine has six training programs leading to the MS or Ph. D. degrees. These are anatomy, genetics & human genetics, microbiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, and physiology & biophysics.

The largest training program in the College of Medicine is their 4 year MD program. HUCM is known for producing physicians who provide healthcare to under-served communities throughout the United States. A major emphasis of HUCM is preparing physicians for under-served communities. Much of the experience these medical students gain with under-served communities is at Howard University Hospital, the primary teaching hospital for HUCM, but students also gain experience with other demographics by working at other hospitals in the DC Metropolitan Area including Washington Hospital Center, St. Elizabeths Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital. Howard University Hospital's surrounding community is under-served and serves as an excellent teaching environment for HUCM's students.


  1. ^ "Overview and History". Howard University. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  2. ^ "Dean's Welcome". Howard University. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  3. ^ a b c "A short history". Howard University. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 

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