The University of Tennessee
Health Science Center

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  • Address: 920 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38163
  • Phone: 901-448-5500

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is rooted in Memphis, but its reach increasingly extends across Tennessee and beyond.

UTHSC annually educates approximately 3,500 students, is responsible for 26,700 jobs across Tennessee, and contributes $2.7 billion to the state’s economy. Since its founding in 1911, it has educated and trained more than 57,000 health care professionals

However, the institution that has shaped the future of health care in Memphis and Tennessee for more than a century is undergoing a transformation.

With record enrollment in many programs, expanded academic and training locations, updated teaching methods, stronger clinical partnerships, broadened research activities and unprecedented construction, UTHSC is aggressively raising its stature as a health care educator, provider and innovator on the local, state, national and global stage.

The main campus in Memphis is home to six fully accredited health science colleges -- Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. Campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville, as well as more than 100 clinical and academic sites across Tennessee, are extending the instructional reach.

New models for education and a $24 million Multidisciplinary Simulation Center under construction in Memphis will prepare students from the various colleges to work together to provide team-based patient care in the future.

Clinical practices at partner teaching hospitals, including Methodist UT Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Regional One Health and the Memphis VA Medical Center, allow UTHSC-affiliated physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals to provide cutting-edge care to patients, and to train the next generation of health care providers. UTHSC also has teaching, clinical, and research relationships with Baptist Memorial Health Care, Saint Francis Hospital, West Cancer Center and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where most of the research scientists have UTHSC faculty appointments.

A backbone of every great academic health care institution, research is growing at UTHSC, with $93 million in grant awards in 2015. New state-of-the-art buildings are bringing first-class researchers and the money to fund their work to Memphis.

Increasingly dedicated to combating the diseases that plague our community, UTHSC is developing initiatives focused on stroke, breast cancer, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, addiction and mental illness. Students, faculty and staff also provide hundreds of hours of care at health fairs, fund-raisers, special events, and a wide variety of grassroots projects.

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