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Why UTHealth?

Because when education, research, and patient care come together, health care moves forward.

The contributions of our faculty, residents, fellows, and students span different fields and touch every part of the health care sector. This depth and breadth defines and differentiates UTHealth, positioning us to make a powerful impact on the health of individuals and communities and on the future of health care.

We are the researchers, public health experts, and big data scientists whose work could change health care tomorrow, and the nurses, dentists, and doctors saving lives today at the Texas Medical Center and in more than 100 clinics across Southeast Texas.

We are meeting the immediate needs of our patients and working toward long-term health and wellness through community outreach and systemic change.

We are educating the next generation of health care professionals and providing the sector's most accomplished professionals and preeminent minds with the resources they need to advance scientific discovery.

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UTHealth graduates more health care professionals than any other Texas institution.

Each year, over 2,000 UTHealth providers conduct a total of 1.9 million patient visits across 100-plus locations.
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Why here?

Because there’s no better place to do the work we do.

Dynamic, diverse, and rapidly growing, Houston and Texas today look like America will look tomorrow. Our city and our state can be a proving ground for programs and treatments that address America’s most significant health care issues and public health challenges—many of which deeply affect our families, friends, and neighbors.

  • In Texas, nearly 1 in 5 adults suffer from a mental health condition.* 
    *statistic published before the COVID-19 pandemic

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  • By 2030, Texas is expected to face a shortage of nearly 16,000 registered nurses. Our state will have the second-largest nursing shortage in the country, trailing only California.

  • 1/3 of Harris County residents meet the definition for obesity.

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Why now?

Because our city, our state, and our world can’t wait.

“In Houston, across Texas, and beyond, UTHealth sees the need for the kind of holistic solutions that can only come from collaboration and a comprehensive approach to care—one that acknowledges that our genetic code and zip code are interacting to influence our health outcomes. And as we analyze and begin to emerge from a historically devastating public health crisis, addressing these shortcomings and inequities feels more urgent than ever.

UTHealth can do what other health care institutions can’t—and in many ways, we are already where health care is going. It’s time to build on this foundation, and it’s our sacred responsibility to do so: for healthy, thriving communities at home and everywhere.”

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Eric Boerwinkle, PhD


M. David Low Chair in Public Health

Kozmetsky Family Chair in Human Genetics Professor

UTHealth School of Public Health

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