University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center

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University of Cincinnati
Academic Health Center
Motto Juncta Juvant ("Strength in Unity")
Type Public (state university)
Established 1819
Location Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Campus Urban

The University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center comprises four health colleges of the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, training health care professionals and providing research and patient care. The Academic Health Center (AHC) consists of multiple University of Cincinnati colleges that are listed below, Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati Physicians and the programs and institutes at the university's Reading Campus. The AHC also has strong ties to UC Health, which includes the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and West Chester Hospital. The academic health center concept originated with physician Daniel Drake, who founded the Medical College of Ohio, the precursor to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, in 1819.


For most of its history a municipally owned college, in July 1977 the University of Cincinnati joined Ohio's higher education system. In 1982 its teaching hospital, known as the General Hospital and in its present location since 1915, was renamed the University of Cincinnati Hospital, and later changed its name to its current name, University Hospital. In 2003 the name was changed from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center to better reflect its missions in education and biomedical research. In 2010, the Academic Health Center became an integral part of the newly formed UC Health organization which also encompasses various entities including UC Physicians, West Chester Hospital, Drake Center, Lindner Center of HOPE, UC Health Surgical Hospital, and the UC Metabolic Diseases Institute.

The Academic Health Center's national reputation for biomedical research includes the development of the first live, attenuated polio vaccine by Albert Sabin, MD, who worked on the project at both the University of Cincinnati and the affiliated Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, as well as definitive studies of the health effects of lead in children, and development of the popular antihistamine Benadryl by George Rieveschl, PhD, who was working in the chemistry department of the University of Cincinnati during the time of his discovery.[1]

Part of the University of Cincinnati, the Academic Health Center comprises several institutions:

UC Health[edit]

UC Health was established in 2009 after the disbandment of the Health Alliance which formerly included University Hospital (renamed University of Cincinnati Medical Center), West Chester Hospital, The Christ Hospital, Jewish Hospital, and Fort Hamilton Hospital.

Its flagship hospital is the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, but UC Health also includes:

  • West Chester Hospital
  • Lindner Center of HOPE
  • Daniel Drake Center for Long Term Acute Care
  • University of Cincinnati Physicians

It also includes the following College of Medicine institutes:

  • UC Cancer Institute
  • UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute
  • UC Neuroscience Institute
  • UC Diabetes & Metabolic Disease Institute

Partners and affiliates[edit]


Over the years the College of Medicine and Academic Health Center have grown into a large complex with several buildings, research labs, and patient care facilities.

CARE/Crawley Building (constructed in 2008), along with the adjacent Medical Sciences Building, houses the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
  • Barrett Center
  • CARE/Crawley Building
  • Cardiovascular Research Center
  • French East Building
  • Health Sciences Library
  • Hoxworth Center
  • Joseph F. Kowalewski Hall
  • Kettering Laboratory Complex
  • Logan Hall
  • Marriott Kingsgate Conference Center
  • Medical Sciences Building
  • Procter Hall
  • University Hall
  • Vontz Center for Molecular Studies
  • Wherry Hall

University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences[edit]

University of Cincinnati
College of Allied Health Sciences
Established 1998
Dean Tina F. Whalen, EdD
Location Cincinnati

The College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) provides education for allied health and health science professionals. CAHS became a college at the University of Cincinnati in March 1998. Its programs originated from various colleges at the University of Cincinnati.

Majors and programs[edit]

  • Doctoral
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders
      • Audiology
    • Physical Therapy
  • Master's
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders
      • Speech-language Pathology
    • Genetic Counseling
    • Health Administration (in conjunction with the College of Medicine and the Lindner College of Business)
    • Nutrition Sciences
    • Transfusion and Transplantation Services
  • Bachelor's
    • Advanced Medical Imaging Technology
    • Clinical Laboratory Science
    • Clinical Laboratory Science – Distance Learning
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders
    • Dietetics
    • Food and Nutrition
      • Concentration in Exercise Science
      • Concentration in Pre-Medicine
    • Health Information Management – Distance Learning
    • Health Sciences
      • Sports and Biomechanics Concentration
      • Exercise Science Concentration
  • Certificate
    • Clinical Laboratory Science
    • Dietetics

School of Social Work

  • Social Work

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine[edit]

University of Cincinnati
College of Medicine
Established 1819
Dean William Ball, MD
Location Cincinnati
The Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, designed and built by Frank Gehry in collaboration with the BHDP Architecture company, houses the research facilities for several departments.

The College of Medicine was established in 1819 as the Medical College of Ohio by Daniel Drake. It became a part of the University of Cincinnati in 1896, and it is considered by some historians to be the oldest medical school west of the Allegheny Mountains.[citation needed] This is supposedly the second-oldest public college of medicine in the United States.[citation needed]

In the 1950s, Albert Sabin developed the live polio vaccine at the College of Medicine.[2] Other accomplishments include the development of the heart-lung machine, the Fogarty heart catheter, the antihistamine, Benadryl, and the Clark oxygen electrode. The University of Cincinnati also established the nation's first residency program in emergency medicine. The College of Medicine also is noted for its neurosurgical research into degenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, at the time led by Raj Narajan, MD.

Ranked in the top one-third of American medical schools, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine attracts students from across the United States. In 2008, it became the first medical college in the country to implement the multiple mini interview system pioneered in Canada to better predict candidates with exceptional interpersonal skills, professionalism and ethical/moral judgment.[3][4][5] Additional medical schools in the United States have since adopted the process.[6]

A curriculum revision effort involving more clinical instruction in the first two years of medical school was unveiled for the entering class of 2011. In addition to the usual medical school application pathways, the University of Cincinnati offers a dual-admissions program known as Connections to high school students applying for undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati where students are guaranteed admission to the school if they acquire the required GPA and MCAT scores.[7] The school also attracts many undergraduate students to its myriad summer research fellowships.

Medical School Departments[edit]

  • Anesthesiology
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Cancer and Cell Biology
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Environmental Health
  • Family and Community Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Education
  • Molecular and Cellular Physiology
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology
  • Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology-Head, and Neck Surgery
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics
  • Psychiatry and Behaviorial Neuroscience
  • Radiology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Surgery

Degree Options[edit]

Medical Doctor

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Combined/Dual Degrees

  • MD/PhD (MSTP – Medical Scientist Training Program)
  • MD/MBA Program
  • MD/MS in Nutrition Dual Degree Program

Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences Early Medical School Acceptance

  • BS/MD (Connections Dual Admissions)
  • ROSE (Research, Observation, Service, Education) Internship

Certificate Programs

  • Clinical & Translational Research (Environmental Health)
  • Hazardous Substances

Graduate Degrees (PhD, MS, MPH)

  • Biomedical Informatics (PhD)
  • Biostatistics – Environmental Health (MS, PhD)
  • Cancer and Cell Biology (PhD)
  • Clinical and Translational Research (MS)
  • Epidemiology (MS, PhD)
  • Genetic Counseling (MS)
  • Immunobiology (MS, PhD)
  • Industrial Hygiene (MS, PhD)
  • Molecular and Developmental Biology (PhD)
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology (MS, PhD)
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology (PhD)

Graduate Degrees (PhD, MS, MPH) contd.

  • Neuroscience/Medical Sciences Scholars Interdisciplinary (PhD)
  • Occupational Medicine (MS)
  • Occupational Safety and Ergonomics (MS, PhD)
  • Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine (PhD)
  • Physiology (MS)
  • Public Health (MPH)
  • Radiological Sciences/Medical Physics (MS)
  • Systems Biology and Physiology (PhD)
  • Toxicology (PhD)

Centers of Excellence[edit]

  • UC Cancer Institute
  • UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute
  • UC Neuroscience Institute
  • Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center


The 2016 U.S. News and World Report magazine ranked the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine the 40th best medical school nationally in research and 65th in primary care. In addition, the College of Medicine had the third best pediatrics program in the country according to the same report.[8]

University of Cincinnati College of Nursing[edit]

University of Cincinnati
College of Nursing
Established 1889
Dean Andrea R. Lindell, RN, DNSc
Location Cincinnati

Established in 1889, the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing was the first school to offer a baccalaureate degree in nursing in 1916. In 1942, the college became a charter member of the National League for Nursing. In 2002 the college was the first nursing school to offer cooperative education in addition to clinical time, and in 2010 it began a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program to meet growing need in the field. In addition to the colleges long history, some recent success include awarding over $1.0 million in scholarships and graduate assistantship stipends for the 2008 – 2009 academic year, ranking in the top 10 percent of American nursing programs according to the U.S. News & World Report magazine, receiving over $2.6 million in extramural research awards during the 2009 fiscal year, and developing partnerships with over 300 clinical sites in order to provide students flexibility and diversity in clinical experiences.

In 1982, the college was one of eleven nursing schools that received the Robert Wood Johnson Teaching Nursing Home Project Grant. In 1987, IBM chose the college as one of fifteen to develop computer assisted interactive video for health sciences. A nursing doctoral program and nurse anesthetist master's program were established in 1990. In 1992, the college established a joint master's degree (MSN/MBA) with the Lindner College of Business.

As of 2011, Procter Hall, the home of the College of Nursing, was undergoing a $5.0 million external renovation set for completions in the fall of 2011.


  • Aging with Dignity
  • Wedbush Centre
  • Nightingale Awards
  • Institute for Nursing Research and Scholarship

James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy[edit]

University of Cincinnati
James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
Established 1850
Dean Neil MacKinnon, PhD
Location Cincinnati

Located in the Health Professions Building on the University of Cincinnati medical campus, the Winkle College of Pharmacy is one of the oldest pharmacy colleges in the United States, in particular, the oldest one west of the Allegheny Mountains. It offers PharmD, MS, and PhD degrees. Its graduates have a 100% placement rate prior to graduation.


Founded in 1850 as the Cincinnati College of Pharmacy, it was the first pharmacy school west of the Alleghenies. In 1954, the college affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. The college was renamed the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy on June 6, 2007, in honor of a $10 million pledge given by the alumnus.[9]


The college offers multiple kinds of programs, including Masters, PhD, and PharmD.

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

The Doctor of Pharmacy Degree is the only entry-level professional degree offered by the College. The Doctor of Pharmacy degree-granting program is fully accredited by The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX).

  • The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum is divided into the following:
    • At least two years of Pre-Pharmacy Education
    • Four years of Professional Pharmacy Education

Full Time MS/PHD Programs

  • Pharmaceutics
    • Research topics include: drug delivery; drug metabolism; evaluation of cosmetic products; mathematical models; molecular pharmaceutics; percutaneous absorption; pharmacokinetics; rational design of nanocarriers; transport; skin and hair measurements.
  • Pharmacology
    • Research topics include: acetylcholine; hormone-responsive cancer; MDMA; neuroendocrinology; neuropharmacology; neurotoxicity; osteopontin; pituitary hormones; tumor growth/metastasis/progression; renal pharmacology.
  • Social & Administrative Sciences
      • Research topics include: drug safety and pharmacovigilance; drug utilization review; facility design; health outcomes in Alzheimer's disease, geriatrics, and transplant; pharmacoeconomics; pharmacoepidemiology.

Part Time MS Evening Programs

  • Drug Development
    • Special, non-traditional degree program targeting professionals in pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

Part Time MS Distance Learning Programs

  • Cosmetic Science
    • On-line degree program focusing on design, evaluation, and control of cosmetic products.


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  2. ^ Hehemann, Emily (2007). "Local Hospitals, National Reach". Cincinnati USA City Guide. Cincinnati Magazine. p. 128. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  3. ^ Castano, Ellie (July 8, 2013). "Illuminating who medical school applicants really are". UMassMedNOW. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ Koenig, Angela (August 17, 2009). "UC College of Medicine Changes Admission Process to Screen for Healers, Not Just Health Care Providers". UC Health News. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ Koenig, Angela (September 8, 2011). "Entrance Into UC Medical School Based on New Guidelines". UC Health News. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  6. ^ Harris, Gardiner (July 10, 2011). "New for Aspiring Doctors, the People Skills Test" (PDF). The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
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  9. ^ UC HealthNews : UC College of Pharmacy Renamed in Honor of Donor

External links[edit]

College of Allied Health Sciences

College of Medicine

College of Nursing

James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy

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