University of Copenhagen Faculty of Health Sciences

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Faculty of Health and Medical and Medical Sciences
Det sundhedsvidenskabelige fakultet
Seal of the Faculty of Science
Latin: Facultatis Medicæ
Established 1479
Type Public university
Dean Ulla Wewer
Admin. staff 1800
Students 4000
Location Copenhagen, Denmark
Campus North Campus, City Campus, Frederiksberg Campus
Affiliations EUA, LAOTSE

The University of Copenhagen Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (Danish: Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet Københavns Universitet) houses ten academic departments that focus on the theoretical aspects of research and teaching. Clinical research and teaching are carried out at University hospitals in the Copenhagen area and are co-ordinated by the University Clinical Centre, which is divided into six clinical departments. Both the theoretical and the clinical elements of dental training are carried out at the Institute of Dentistry.

The Faculty produces graduates in medicine, and dentistry in addition to MSc programs in human biology, and public health. Also, the Faculty offers a Master's degree in public health, Bachelor's and further degrees in Public Health in addition to Master's degrees in International Health and Disaster Management.

The Faculty library is part of the Royal Library and is shared with the Faculty of Life Sciences.

In January 2012 the Faculty of Health Sciences merged with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Industries and the veterinary field of the Faculty of Life Sciences into a new Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

The seal[edit]

The seal of the faculty contains the following text

Sigilum Facultatis Medicæ
Universitatis Hafniensis
Seal of the Faculty of Health Sciences (litt. Medicine)
The University of Copenhagen

which is written in a circle around the rod of Asclepius which is an ancient Greek symbol associated healing the sick with medicine. It consists of a serpent entwined around a staff. The staff is a symbol of authority, while the serpent, which in shedding its skin signifies rebirth and fertility. Asclepius is the god of medicine in ancient Greek mythology.