The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is the flagship statewide academic health system, whose mission 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. The Health Science Center accomplishes this goal by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care and public service.
In 1911, the University of Tennessee launched its Memphis campus, dedicating it solely to health sciences. Its early programs in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy were quickly established, and within the next few years programs in nursing, allied health sciences, and graduate health sciences were established and eventually became separate colleges. In 1963, the University of Tennessee School of Medicine in Knoxville joined the system, and in 1974 the Medical School in Chattanooga officially became part of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center as well.
Now celebrating its Centennial year, the UTHSC’s Memphis campus is comprised of six colleges – Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy. The HSC enrolls 2800 students in the school’s three undergraduate programs, 20 graduate programs, and three professional programs. UTHSC describes itself as “Six Colleges; Three Campuses; One Mission.”