As the flagship statewide, public, academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care and public service. Employing more than 6,000 people on its faculty, staff and not-for-profit corporation faculty practice groups, UTHSC contributes more than $2.7 billion to the economy of Tennessee.
In 1911, the University of Tennessee first launched its Memphis campus, dedicating it solely to health science education and research. (See Our Campuses and UTHSC Fact Sheets.) Seed programs in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy quickly flourished, and within a few short years, new programs were initiated in health professions, graduate health sciences and nursing. Each of those programs grew to become a college in its own right. In 1963, the UT Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville, based at the UT Medical Center, became part of the UT Health Science Center. In 1974, the UT College of Medicine in Chattanooga, based at Erlanger Health System, joined the UTHSC system. In 2014, Saint Thomas Health in Nashville began collaborating with UTHSC to create a Nashville campus.
Today, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Memphis campus comprises six colleges – Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy – training the health care scientists and caregivers of tomorrow. Core Memphis teaching hospitals include Methodist UT Hospital, Regional One Health, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the Memphis VA Medical Center.
Nearly 3,000 students are enrolled at one of the four major UTHSC campuses – Memphis (main campus), Knoxville, Chattanooga or Nashville – as well as in a myriad of health care-related facilities across Tennessee. UTHSC also offers a broad range of postgraduate training opportunities.
Statewide, approximately 1,200 residents and fellows receive training in 87 ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) accredited training programs through the UTHSC Graduate Medical Education Program. Fifteen of these programs are under the auspices of the UT Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville; 10 are sponsored by the Chattanooga College of Medicine; and more than 50 programs are organized from Memphis, including a family practice residency in Jackson, Tennessee, and an internal medicine residency in Nashville. Public and continuing education programs are offered throughout the state.
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, UTHSC offers four undergraduate and more than 30 graduate or professional degrees, and has more than 50 endowed professorships, including 19 Chairs of Excellence.
The Health Science Center’s six colleges reflect a broad spectrum of scientific investigation. Pursuing basic science and clinical research with an emphasis on translational research, UTHSC investigators are supported by both government grants and private funding. In fiscal 2014, UTHSC generated more than $200 million in sponsored programs, all source nonclinical grants and contracts. Of this total, faculty received more than $80 million in external funding for research.
Clinically, UTHSC faculty practice groups contribute more than $300 million annually to the statewide mission. These practice groups serve as the core faculty for all of our partner teaching hospitals.