Oct 23, 2021  
2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Message from the President

As a values-based organization focused on our mission to “create solutions for a healthier community,” the UNT Health Science Center (UNTHSC) offers extraordinary experiences in education, discovery and clinical care. Our 33-acre campus in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District consists of five schools and colleges:

  • Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM)
  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS)
  • School of Public Health (SPH)
  • School of Health Professions (SHP)
  • UNT System College of Pharmacy (SCP)

With a record-breaking 2014 enrollment of 2,243 students, our academic strength continues to grow in national prominence. As noted by U.S. News & World Report, UNTHSC is ranked: 

  • Top 15 in Rural Medicine
  • Top 15 in Geriatrics
  • Top 20 in Family Medicine

In fact, of all Texas medical schools, we have the highest percentage of medical students entering primary care (66.2 percent) and the second-highest percentage among ranked medical schools in the country.

Our students train in a team-based care delivery model known as interprofessionalism, which promises more coordinated, effective and cost-efficient patient care. In this approach, pharmacy students train alongside future physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, public health professionals and biomedical researchers. This partnership concept is central to our vision, which is to be “the team of choice for education, discovery and health care.”

In research, we maintained our high level of activity ($42.7 million in annual research expenditures) despite national cutbacks in funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies. We have also secured funding for a portfolio of grants from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) designed to establish innovative health care delivery models.

Our clinical enterprise, UNT Health, continues to grow: We staff multiple patient offices in Fort Worth and Tarrant County, along with more than 200 providers offering patient care at 49 practice sites (including throughout the JPS Health Network). In 2014, UNT Health had about 560,000 patient encounters.

I hope this information expands your understanding of the many wonderful opportunities awaiting you at the UNTHSC. We look forward to welcoming you as an integral member of our team!

Michael R. Williams, DO, MD, MBA
President, University of North Texas Health Science Center
TCOM ‘81