Catalog 2012 - 2013

A Message from the President

At the UNT Health Science Center, we are in the business of creating healthier communities. Regardless of the degree they obtain, our graduates are equipped to improve our well-being by treating patients, addressing public health needs, or finding better ways to prevent and treat disease.

As a result of this focus, we have grown into one of the nation’s most distinguished graduate academic institutions. Enrollment will top 1,900 students in fall 2012, and we're still growing.

Our campus consists of the following five schools and colleges:

  • Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Health Professions
  • UNT System College of Pharmacy (expected to welcome its first class of students to our campus in fall 2013)

The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM), our cornerstone school and the sole source of an osteopathic medicine education in Texas, has been ranked in the top 50 for 10 years in a row and now has three programs ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report, including: Rural Medicine (12th), Geriatric Medicine (15th), and Family Medicine (16th). Hispanic Business magazine has ranked TCOM as one of the Top 20 Medical Schools for Hispanics for four of the past five years.

One reason for our growth can be found in the classrooms and laboratories: our widely known and highly regarded faculty members who continue to expand our body of knowledge with innovative research. Our research funding has grown to more than $40 million annually, most of it provided by the National Institutes of Health, which is considered the gold standard when judging the quality of biomedical research.

Our students find themselves learning side-by-side with an outstanding and diverse faculty as they pursue careers as osteopathic physicians, scientists, physician assistants, public health professionals, health care administrators, and physical therapists. With the addition of the College of Pharmacy, we offer 10 graduate degree programs across five schools and colleges that provide a nearly ideal setting to support interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration.

Our facilities are growing as well. Our 33-acre campus in the heart of Fort Worth's Cultural District now has more than 1.4 million square feet of building space. We are especially proud of the recently dedicated Medical Education and Training building and the recently completed Center for BioHealth.

Despite this growth, we remain true to our mission: To improve the health and quality of life for the people of Texas and beyond as a leader in primary care through excellence in education, research, clinical care, and community engagement.

We invite you to join our momentum in creating a healthier future for us all.

Scott B. Ransom, DO, MBA, MPH
University of North Texas Health Science Center

This page last modified May 2, 2012