University of Tennessee Health Science Center

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University of Tennessee
UTHSC logo.svg
Type Public
Established 1911 (1911)
Chancellor Steve J. Schwab
Students 2,851
Location Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
35°8′27″N 90°1′48″W / 35.14083°N 90.03000°W / 35.14083; -90.03000Coordinates: 35°8′27″N 90°1′48″W / 35.14083°N 90.03000°W / 35.14083; -90.03000

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis includes the Colleges of Health Professions, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. Since 1911, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has educated nearly 57,000 health care professionals. As of 2010, US News and World Report ranked the College of Pharmacy 17th among American pharmacy schools.[1] "The mission of the university is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with the focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service.[2]"

Graduate medical education programs are located in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, family medicine centers in Knoxville, Jackson, and Memphis, Dentistry clinics in Union City, Jackson, and Bristol, and public and continuing education programs across the state. The Health Science Center is part of the statewide, multi-campus University of Tennessee system.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center also runs the Plough Center for Sterile Drug Delivery Systems which celebrated its 53 year anniversary in 2016. The center educates on sterile product preparation, develops basis for parenteral medications, and provides services to the pharmaceutical industry and individuals. Hands-on training in aseptic processing is also offered four times a year at the facility.

Areas of emphasis are the university's research efforts which receives nearly $100 million in yearly grants from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations. The Translational Science Research Building and the Cancer Research Building both house collaborative research teams for the UTHSC campus.

Quick Facts:

  • $2.3 billion added to Tennessee's economy
  • $84.3 million in grant expenditures
  • 3097 total students enrolled
  • 100+ clinical and educational sites across Tennessee
  • 6 health care colleges including Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Profession, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy
  • 4 full clinical campuses in Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Nashville
  • 1 mission to transform health care

Colleges and Institutes[edit]

College of Dentistry Founded in 1878 the college is the oldest dental school in the South. There are more than 7,600 graduates from the College of Dentistry. The college offers a full range of advanced training in oral surgery, endodontics, periodontontics, orthodontics, and pediatric dentistry. An estimated 75 percent of practicing dentists in Tennessee are alumni of the UTHSC College of Dentistry. Since Arkansas does not a dentistry graduate program, several practicing dentists in Arkansas are also UTHSC graduates. The College of Dentistry also offers a two year program in dental hygiene.

College of Graduate Health Sciences Founded in 1928, the college offers programs in advanced graduate degrees in programs including biomedical engineering and imaging, dental science (masters only), epidemiology (masters only), health outcomes and policy research, biomedical sciences (masters only), integrated program in biomedical sciences (PhD), nursing, pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacology (masters), and speech and hearing science.

College of Health Professions Founded in 1972, the college has more than 9,000 alumni offering programs of study in audiology and speech pathology on the Knoxville campus and clinical laboratory sciences, health informatics and information management (online program), occupational therapy, and physical therapy on the Memphis campus. The college offers an array of classroom choices including traditional, online, and distance learning.

College of Medicine With more than 16,000 alumni, 25 departments on the Memphis campus, nine departments on the Knoxville campus, ten departments on the Chattanooga campus, and 84 Graduate Medical Education training programs, the UTHSC College of Medicine is the largest medical school in the state of Tennessee. Students train on the Memphis campus the first two years and then rotate across the three campuses during their clinical training. The UTHSC pediatric residency programs is affiliated with Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center and residents in pediatrics, radiology, and other fields spend time working at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Areas of excellence include the Center for Addiction Sciences which was named in 2016 as the first center of excellence in addiction medicine in the country by the Addiction Medicine Foundation, three trauma centers, a burn center, a transplant institute, and a maternal fetal medicine institute. The college also operates the UTHSC College of Medicine Mobile Stroke Unit which is the world's first mobile stroke unit with advanced CT imaging capabilities, including CT angiography imaging for the brain and blood vessels. The college also has a clinical practice, University Clinical Health.

College of Nursing Tracing its history to 1898, making it the oldest nursing college in the state of Tennessee, the UTHSC College of Nursing offers three degree programs in BSN, DNP, and PhD. The college also offers RNs the option to earn the BSN degree on-line. The college has more than 5,400 alumni and an estimated 2,000 practicing nurses in the state of Tennessee.

College of Pharmacy U.S News and World Report has ranked the college as one of the top 20 pharmacy schools in the country.[3] It is ranked 2nd in the state of Tennessee. Founded in 1898 the college has campuses in Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. Degrees offered are the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD), dual PharmD/PhD, dual PharmD/Master of Health Informatics and Information Management, and dual PharmD/Master of Business Administration.

The Hamilton Eye Institute, located in Memphis, is the department of ophthalmology. The institute opened in 2004 in an 8-story building donated to the University of Tennessee by Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis.[4] The capital campaign to establish the institute was initiated by department chair Barrett G. Haik, MD, FACS, and led by Robert B. Carter, chief information officer and executive vice-president of FedEx Information Services. The institute was named for the family of Ralph S. Hamilton, MD, a professor and physician with the department, who contributed $6 million toward its construction.[5] The mission of the institute is to provide advanced treatments for eye care, foster interplay of ideas among researchers, and transfer skills and knowledge to the next generation of ophthalmic physicians and researchers.


The Health Science Center is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master, and doctoral degrees. Each of the professional colleges or programs is accredited by the appropriate agency for the profession or program.


  • Rhea Seddon, MD, Class of 1973, former NASA astronaut and eight woman inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.
  • Randy McNally, PharmD, Class of 1969, 50th and current Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee.
  • Alvin Crawford, MD, Class of 1964, first African-American graduate from the UTHSC College of Medicine.
  • Phil Wenk, DDS, Class of 1977, CEO of Delta Dental of Tennessee.
  • Robert J. Kaplan, MD, Class of 1973, winner of the 2017 Jim and Natalie Haslam Presidential Medal.
  • Margaret Newman, PhD, RN, international leader in nursing theory including "Health as Expanding Consciousness."
  • Winfield C. Dunn, DDS, Class of 1955, former Tennessee Governor from 1971 to 1975.
  • Christopher Duntsch, neurosurgeon sentenced to life in prison for intentionally botching 32 surgeries that killed two patients and paralyzed two others.[6]


  • Altha Stewart, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, director of the Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth, and president of the American Psychiatric Association
  • Guy Reed, MD, Lemuel Diggs Professor of Medicine, and chair of the Department of Medicine, nationally recognized cardiologist and innovator on finding better ways to treat stroke
  • Daniel Sumrok, MD, director of the Center for Addiction Science, the first Center of Excellence in Addiction Medicine by The Addiction Medicine Foundation
  • Samuel Dagogo-Jack, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, and director of the Clinical Research Center, leader in diabetes research and past president of the American Diabetes Association


The University of Tennessee Health Science Center includes six colleges:

  • College of Health Professions
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Graduate Health Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Pharmacy

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