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Communications and Media Relations

The Communications team tells the story of UTHSC and manages all media relations for the university, while producing a wide range of internal and external communications, including news releases, magazines, feature stories, social media content, and strategic communications.

Media Guidelines
The Office of Communications and Marketing is assigned responsibility for coordinating all UT Health Science Center media contacts, for serving as liaison for all media relations, and for assisting in the promotion and dissemination of noteworthy items to the public. View the UTHSC Media Contacts policy.
Public Records Requests

The Public Records Designee in the Communications and Marketing Department handles requests for public records for UTHSC.

Along with complying with the Tennessee Public Records Act, UTHSC aims to respond as efficiently and promptly as possible. Any Tennessee resident can request records made or received pursuant to law or in connection with the transaction of official university business.

Requests can be made verbally, through electronic mail, via facsimile or through the U.S. Postal Service or other means of physical delivery. Requests should be as specific as possible and can be made during normal business hours (8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday). Communications and Marketing reserves the right to confirm Tennessee residency.

Requests can be submitted to:

Public Records Designee, Communications and Marketing Department
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
920 Madison Building, Suite 810 | Memphis, TN 38163
phone 901.448.5544 | fax 901.448.8640 | email

We will respond to all requests within seven business days. The response will acknowledge receipt of the request and include one of the following:

  1. a notification that the documents are ready for inspection;
  2. a denial of the request, which will include the basis for denying the request; or
  3. an estimate of the time needed to produce the documents.

The standard charge for paper copies of documents is $.15 per page in black-&-white and $.50 per page in color. Requests for paper or electronic copies of documents must be submitted in writing. If fulfilling the request (locating, retrieving, reviewing, redacting, and/or reproducing the records) requires more than one hour of staff time, an estimate of charges will be provided in advance of fulfilling the request. If the documents exist electronically, the actual cost of permanently storing them on "read-only" computer media such as CD-ROM or DVD-ROM will be calculated and charged to the requestor. If the record requested exists electronically, but not in the requested format, an estimate of the labor costs or any materials required to produce and deliver the record(s) will also be provided in advance.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has promulgated a rule under the Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedures Act that describes the charges for copies of public records.

A complete copy of these rules is available as a PDF for download at this link.

Summary Statement

The following information is included on all media releases and in many publications:

As Tennessee’s only public, statewide, academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) 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.

Offering a broad range of postgraduate and selected baccalaureate training opportunities, the main UTHSC campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC also educates and trains cohorts of medicine, pharmacy and/or health professions students — in addition to medical residents and fellows — at its major sites in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. Founded in 1911, during its more than 100 years, UT Health Science Center has educated and trained more than 57,000 health care professionals in academic settings and health care facilities across the state. 


Last Published: Mar 12, 2021