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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Motto Disciplina, Praesidium, Civitatis
Established 1972
Type Public
President Larry R. Kaiser, M.D.
Faculty 1389
Staff 3648
Undergraduates 429
Postgraduates 3399
Location Houston, Texas, USA
Campus Urban; 3.9 million ft² (286,000 m²)
Athletics recreational
Colors burnt orange and gray
UTH logo

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston was created by the UT System Board of Regents and supported by the Texas Legislature in 1972. Located in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, the school is primarily a graduate education university focusing on the health sciences.


Size and budget

In 2008, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston had an operating budget of $762.3 million with $191.7 million in research expenditures. The university has 3.9 million ft² in 44 buildings and facilities throughout the Texas Medical Center, the world's largest medical center. Since the university was established in 1972, 34,135 students have graduated. Over 600 grant-funded research projects are in progress at any given time. The health science center further enjoyed $108.1 million in endowments in 2008 and had a $2.3 billion economic impact on the Houston metropolitan region.


  • 220 NIH grants
  • Ranked 60th out of 535 in NIH funding of Domestic Institutions of Higher Education
  • 19 Medical School faculty members ranked among America's Top Docs
  • School of Public Health ranked number 1 in doctoral health education.
  • School of Nursing ranked in top 5% of nursing schools by U.S. News and World Report for 2008.
  • School of Health Information Sciences is the only graduate school of its kind in Texas.
  • Nobel Prize Laureate - Ferid Murad, MD, PhD, C. Thomas Caskey, MD
  • Prince Mahidol Award for Medicine - Palmer Beasley, MD
  • National Academy of Science - Ferid Murad, MD, PhD
  • Academy of Arts and Sciences - Ferid Murad, MD, PhD; William J. Schull, PhD; Irma Gigli, MD
  • Institute of Medicine - LuAnn Aday, PhD; C. Thomas Caskey, MD; Irma Gigli, MD; Ferid Murad, MD, PhD; James T. Willerson, MD
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science - L. Maximilian Buja, MD; John H. Byrne, PhD; Kathleen Gibson, PhD; Irma Gigli, MD; Ferid Murad, MD, PhD; Doreen Rosenstrauch, MD, PhD, RN, FAHA; Jerry Wolinsky, MD; Sam Kaplan, PhD
  • American Academy of Nursing - Mara Baun, DNSC, RN, FAAN; Nancy Bergstrom, PhD, RN, FAAN; Marlene Z. Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN; Deanna Grimes, DrPH, RN, FAAN; Sandra Hanneman, PhD, RN, FAAN; Joanne Hickey, PhD, APRN, BC, ACNP, FAAN; Thomas Mackey, PhD, NP-C, FAAN; Marianne Marcus, EdD, RN, FAAN; Janet Meininger, PhD, RN, FAAN; Patricia L. Starck, DSN, RN, FAAN; Geri Wood, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • President George W. Bush announced on February 22, 2007 his intention to nominate S. Ward Casscells III, M.D., vice president for biotechnology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, to be Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs).
  • Department of Dermatology ranked as center of clinical excellence[1]

Unfavorable decisions

The health science center has residency problems. On June 13, 2008, the accreditation of the residency program of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery was placed on probation. The following year, on February 4, 2009, the accreditation of the residency program of the Department of Otolaryngology was placed on probation.[2]


The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

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