Who We Are

 

UNT Health Science Center is one of the nation’s premier graduate academic medical centers, with five schools that specialize in patient-centered education, research and health care.

What we do

Keeping patients at the center of our efforts in education, research and care.

  • We train tomorrow’s health care providers
  • Since 2002,S. News and World Report has called the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine one of the nation’s top 50 medical primary care schools.
  • We graduate the second highest number of primary care physicians (60 percent) of any medical school in the country.
  • Physicians and other health professionals train and practice interprofessionally – a UNTHSC core competency – for the benefit of patients and their families around a “team care” model.

We push the boundaries of discovery

  • Our researchers are working on a blood test to predict older adults’ risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • By analyzing how hormones function in the brain, our scientists are identifying how to treat – and possibly even prevent – Alzheimer’s disease and certain cancers.
  • The science of nanoparticles is helping our researchers uncover promising ways to deliver chemotherapy directly to a tumor with fewer side effects for patients.

We help make sick people well and keep vigorous people healthy

  • UNT Health is one of the largest multi-specialty physician groups in Tarrant County, treating more than 500,000 patients with over 200 providers at 49 practice sites.
  • Our new Pediatric Mobile Clinic delivers much-needed care to children in underserved Fort Worth neighborhoods.
  • We create innovative programs for disease prevention and health promotion that deliver care services efficiently, effectively and equitably while minimizing health disparities among populations.

Our Strengths

Decoding forensic genetics

  • We bring closure to families of missing persons and use DNA evidence to aid law enforcement
  • We offer the most advanced forensics program in the country, training students to identify missing persons and human remains using DNA technologies.
  • Our Center for Human Identification is the largest contributor of DNA profiles to the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and the National DNA Index System (NDIS), which support the exchange and comparison of forensic DNA evidence for violent crime investigations.
  • We also work with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, police departments and medical examiners throughout the U.S. on missing person cases.

Aging & Alzheimer’s

We help seniors preserve quality of life and cope with cognitive and functional declines

  • The Gerontology Assessment and Planning program provides comprehensive geriatric assessments for older adults with complex medical conditions, cognitive impairment and functional declines.
  • The SAGE (Seniors Assisting in Geriatric Education) program teams geriatric patients who serve as mentors to students – medical, physical assistant, physical therapy and pharmacy – to assure compassionate, patient-centered care.
  • Our Geriatrics Division provides North Texas seniors with a continuum of care wherever they reside, and also offers hospice and palliative care.

Interprofessional education

We are leading the way in team-based training that puts the patient first

  • This is the future of health care in the United States, and we are leading the way in team-based training that puts the patient at the center of care decisions while controlling costs and reducing medical errors.
  • UNTHSC’s newest school, the UNT System College of Pharmacy, spotlights the increasingly important role of the pharmacist in patient-based health care teams.
  • Our interprofessional programs address cooperation across the care spectrum, from wellness and nutrition programs to chronic-disease treatment and management.