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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Mission Statements & Student Achievement Metrics


School of Biomedical Informatics
School of Dentistry
MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
McGovern Medical School
Cizik School of Nursing
School of Public Health


UTHealth
As a comprehensive health science university, the mission of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is to educate health science professionals, discover and translate advances in the biomedical and social sciences, and model the best practices in clinical care and public health. 

We pursue this mission in order to advance the quality of human life by enhancing the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and injury, as well promoting individual health and community well-being. 


School of Biomedical Informatics
The mission of The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) is to educate future scientists and professionals in biomedical informatics and health information technology, conduct informatics research to improve health care and advance biomedical discovery, and develop advanced informatics tools to solve problems in health care.

The overall SBMI student retention rates for the two most recently completed academic years are 96 percent and 97 percent respectively, across all degree programs. 

Academic Year 2016 (09/01/2015-08/31/2016)
Academic ProgramTotal # of StudentsDiscontinued/Dismissed StudentsRetention RateTarget
Master  72 3 96% 90%
Master Online  79 1 99% 90%
Doctoral  30 4 87% 90%
Totals  181 8 96% 90%
Academic Year 2017 (09/01/2016-08/31/2017)
Academic ProgramTotal # of StudentsDiscontinued/Dismissed StudentsRetention RateTarget
Master 72 0 100% 90%
Master Online 93 2 98% 90%
Doctoral 27 3 89% 90%
Totals 192 5 97% 90%

School of Dentistry
The mission of The University of Texas School of Dentistry is to improve human health by providing high-quality education, patient care, and research in oral health for Texas, the nation, and the world. 

School of Dentistry
Measure20132014201520162017
Percent of dental students passing Dental National Boards Part I and Part II on first attempt 97.5% 94.5% 97.5% 97.5% 95%
Percent of dental hygiene students passing national board exam on first attempt 97.1% 100% 97% 100% 97%
Percent of Doctor of Dental Surgery students clinical licensure exam on first attempt 93% 85% 98% 93% 96%
Percent of dental hygiene students passing clinical licensure exam on first attempt  94% 86% 97% 97% 95%
Percent of Doctor of Dental Surgery graduates licensed in Texas  88% 84% 87% 85% 84%
Percent of dental hygiene graduated licensed in Texas  100% 100% 97% 100% 100%

MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
The mission of MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston is to maintain an innovative and diverse environment that provides an unprecedented breadth of opportunities for outstanding graduate students to train with leading biomedical scientists at MD Anderson and UTHealth. The combined strengths of these institutions provide students with access to basic and translational scientific programs that are at the cutting edge of the fight to treat all major diseases. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a rigorous exposure to critical thinking strategies, area specific scientific skills, and career development initiatives. The curriculum, together with an emphasis on research training and scientific productivity, is designed to position our students for an outstanding and successful career in the biomedical sciences. 

Course Completion by Degree Program 
Academic Years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17 
Target -- 90% of courses completed-- target met for all degree programs 

Ph.D. Program
Academic YearCourses CompletedCourses Not CompletedTotal Number of Courses Attempted
NumberPercentNumberPercent
2012-2013 858 99.3% 6 0.7% 864
2013-2014 964 99% 10 1% 974
2014-2015 775 98.4% 13 1.6% 788
2015-2016 771 99.6% 3 0.4% 774
2016-2017 753 99.5% 4 0.5% 757
Total 4,121 99.1% 36 0.9% 4,157
M.S. in Biomedical Sciences
Academic YearCourses CompletedCourses Not CompletedTotal Number of Courses Attempted
NumberPercentNumberPercent
2012-2013 104 96.3% 4 3.7% 108
2013-2014 63 98.4% 1 1.6% 64
2014-2015 57 98.3% 1 1.7% 58
2015-2016 46 94% 3 6.0% 49
2016-2017 63 98.4% 1 1.6% 64
Total 333 97.1% 10 2.9% 343
M.S. in Genetic Counseling
Academic YearCourses CompletedCourses Not CompletedTotal Number of Courses Attempted
NumberPercentNumberPercent
2012-2013 134 99.3% 1 0.7% 135
2013-2014 139 100% 0 0% 139
2014-2015 144 100% 0 0% 144
2015-2016 144 100% 0 0% 144
2016-2017 136 100% 0 0% 136
Total 697 99.9% 1 0.1% 698
M.S. in Medical Physics
Academic YearCourses CompletedCourses Not CompletedTotal Number of Courses Attempted
NumberPercentNumberPercent
2012-2013 60 100% 0 0% 60
2013-2014 41 100% 0 0% 41
2014-2015 40 100% 0 0% 40
2015-2016 45 100% 0 0% 45
2016-2017 35 100% 0 0% 35
Total 221 100% 0 0% 221
Graduates of the Specialized M.S. in Genetic Counseling Performance on the American Board of Genetic Counseling Certification Exam (2010-2017) Target - 85% Pass Rate - Target met for years 2012-2017
YearPass Rate
2010 83%
2011 78%
2012 91%
2013 100%
2014 100%
2015 100%
2016 100%
2017 100%

Graduates of the Specialized M.S. in Medical Physics  Employment Within 1 Year of Graduation  Target - 90% of graduates employed within 1 years of graduation within the field or continuing with graduate studies within the field - target met.  
Occupation Type2009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Therapy Residency  NA NA NA 1 1 2 1 NA NA 1
Diagnostic Residency  NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Junior Medical Physicist & Faculty  5 7 4 4 3 1 NA NA NA NA
Further Graduate Study  1 NA 3 NA 1 1 1 2 3 2
Job in Industry NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Number of Graduates 6 7 7 5 5 4 2 2 3 3

McGovern Medical School
The mission of McGovern Medical School is to educate a diverse body of future physicians and biomedical scientists for a career dedicated to the highest ideals of their profession; to provide outstanding patient-centered care; and to conduct innovative research that benefits the health and well-being of the population of Texas and beyond. 

McGovern Medical School Licensure Pass Rate (%) Compared to the National Pass Rate for First Time Takers of the Exam 2013-2017
Measure20132014201520162017
Step 1
MMS/National Average
99/96 98/96 97/95 95/95 XX/XX
Step 2: Clinical Knowledge
MMS/National Average 
97/98 98/97 97/95 95/96 97/96
Step 2: Clinical Skills
MMS/National Average
96/98 94/96 96/96 97/97 94/96

M.S. in Clinical Research Program
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Cizik School of Nursing
Uniquely positioned to advance the health and well-being within our diverse communities, we develop tomorrow's leaders in nursing practice, education, and research. 

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates for First Time Writers 2012-2017
YearUTHealth SON Pass Rate Texas Pass Rate U.S. Pass Rate 
2012 98.56% (233/236) 87.04% 90.22%
2013 96.12% (248/258) 90.70% 84.29%
2014 95.11% (311/327) 81.02% 81.74%
2015 95.52% (277/290) 85.22% 84.18%
2016 94.77% (308/325) 87.14% 84.30%
2017 95.22% (319/335) 89.77% 86.94%
Program Employment Rates
Program2014201520162017
B.S.N.  93.3% NA 90% 92%
M.S.N.  91.3% 94% 97% 89%
Program Completion Rates 
Program2014201520162017
B.S.N.  87% 83% 84% 82%
M.S.N.  78% 88% 88% 92%
D.N.P 79% 50% 80% 89%
Ph.D.  28% 27% 31% 59%


School of Public Health
The mission of The University of Texas School of Public Health is to improve the health of the people of Texas, the nation, and the world by providing the highest quality graduate education, translational research, and service to the profession and community. 

SPH Graduation Completion Rate for All Degree Programs, AY 2013-2016 
Graduation Rate20132014201520162017
M.P.H. 82% 84% 84% 86% 90%
M.S. 60% 69% 85% 76% 82%
Dr.P.H. 79% 79% 85% 65% 70%
Ph.D.  76% 76% 77% 81% 86%
Graduates AY16 Post-Graduation Outcomes Graduate Outcomes Report
Degree ProgramEmployedContinuing EducationActively SeekingNot SeekingUnknownPlacement Rate
M.P.H.  165 27 0 0 60 100%
Dr.P.H.  14 0 0 0 3 100%
M.S.  12 3 1 0 4 94%
Ph.D.  23 0 0 0 6 100%

* Data is not available for previous years; data will be collected annually moving forward. 

Constituent Survey - Graduates 2016-2017 Degree Preparedness Graduate Student Exit Survey 
Degree ProgramAY 2016AY 2017
N%N%
M.P.H. 281 87% 233 88%
M.S. 22 91% 9 89%
Dr.P.H. 20 95% 9 78%
Ph.D. 39 90% 35 94%
All Degree Programs 362 88% 286 88%