The University of North Texas Health Science Center, commonly known as the UNT Health Science Center and abbreviated UNTHSC, is a graduate-level institution of the University of North Texas System, located on a 33-acre campus in the Cultural District of Fort Worth, Texas. UNT Health Sciences Center opened in 1970 and consists of 2,243 graduate students.
Research centers and institutes at UNTSHC include the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CRI), the Center for Commercialization of Fluorescence Technologies (CCFT), the Focused on Resources for her Health Education and Research (FOR HER), the Institute for Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Research (IAADR), the Institute for Cancer Research (ICR), the Institute of Applied Genetics (IAG), the North Texas Eye Research Institute (NTERI), the Osteopathic Research Center (ORC), the Texas Prevention Institute (TPI), the Center For Community Health (CCH), the Primary Care Research Center (PCRC), and The Texas Center for Health Disparities (TCHD).
UNTHSC serves as home to several National Institutes of Health-funded research programs and currently leads all Texas health science centers in research growth. The Health Science Center also houses laboratories for TECH Fort Worth, a non-profit business incubator for biotechnology.
Community and school outreach programs include Fort Worth’s annual Hispanic Wellness Fair and the annual Cowtown Marathon, which were founded by UNTHSC. The UNTHSC Pediatric Mobile Clinic provides high-quality healthcare to children in underserved areas of Fort Worth at no cost. The Health Science Center participates in 10 state and federally funded programs that bring students and teachers onto campus each summer.
Founded in 1970, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) is a state-supported osteopathic medical school that serves as the cornerstone of the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Originally established as a private, non-profit institution on the campus of Fort Worth Osteopathic Hospital, TCOM began receiving state funding in 1971 and officially became part of North Texas State University in 1975 when the Texas Legislature overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 216, which made TCOM a state medical school. TCOM was the second university-affiliated osteopathic medical school to be established. The college grants the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (D.O.).
TCOM also offers dual degree programs (D.O./M.P.H., D.O./M.S., D.O./Ph.D.) with the School of Public Health and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and an early admission program is available for qualified undergraduates from UNT and UT Dallas.
The School of Health Professions at UNTHSC started with the Physician Assistant program in 1997, which became the first PA program in Texas granted authority to award the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree. The MPAS program is currently ranked as the number 38 graduate-level physician assistant program by U.S. News and World Report.
UNT Health is the physician entity of UNTHSC. It includes 170 physicians (99 DOs and 71 MDs) from nearly every medical specialty who practice in over 30 clinics across Tarrant County as well as area hospitals. UNT Health handles over half a million patient visits every year. In June 2014 the UNT System Board of Regents and the Tarrant County Hospital District approved creation of a partnership where physicians from UNT Health and the JPS Health Network will be combined under a newly formed medical group.
The Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library's collections, including more than 20,000 journal titles and 67,000 books, provide UNTHSC students and faculty with access to the latest basic science and clinical research. The Lewis Library provides access to virtually 100 percent of the world's current medical information, including a wide variety of research databases.
The UNT Center for Human Identification is considered one of the country’s premier forensic DNA labs. It consists of the Laboratory for Molecular Identification, the Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology, and the Forensic Services Unit.
Founded in 1986, The Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology provides anthropological analysis of human remains for law enforcement and medicolegal agencies as well as other publicly supported entities such as public defenders and district attorneys.
The Center for Human Identification was created in 2004, formally integrating the efforts of the Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology and the Laboratory for Molecular Identification. In addition to providing investigators with important information regarding cases, the anthropological data are used to refine molecular analyses within the CODIS system. This collaboration has created a unique resource for the identification of missing persons and unidentified remains, and is available to law enforcement agencies and medicolegal entities charged with the investigation of death across the nation. Additional support is also available to agencies through the Center's Forensic Services Unit.