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Training Tomorrow’s Health Care Providers

Training Tomorrow’s Health Care Providers

From the time of the academic health center’s founding in 1956, we have operated as a single academic enterprise dedicated to training a variety of professionals and to introducing knowledge that will safeguard the health of Florida’s citizens. This model has helped the University of Florida achieve a No. 7 ranking among the nation’s public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report

UF College of Dentistry

The only state-supported dental school in Florida, the college is one of the nation’s top dental education programs and the school’s research enterprise ranks fifth nationally among all U.S. dental schools in NIH funding. About 90 new dentists and 56 dental specialists graduate each year, with the vast majority choosing to stay in Florida and serve the oral health needs of Florida’s citizens. The college’s educational programs have a reputation of excellence within the profession nationally and internationally, resulting in a very competitive admissions process. Each year the college receives a high number of applications from exceptionally qualified applicants — generally about 2,500 applications for approximately 140 available positions. Another unique strength is that training for all American Dental Associationrecognized dental specialties are available through the School of Advanced Dental Sciences. The college offers advanced education programs in endodontics, general dentistry, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics and dental public health.

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UF College of Medicine

The UF College of Medicine is the largest college within UF Health, the university’s academic health center. In 2019, the UF College of Medicine ranked No. 41 among the 150 medical schools nationwide by U.S. News & World Report and No. 17 among public medical schools. UF continues to be the highest-ranked medical school in Florida. The college comprises 28 researchoriented and clinical science departments and the School of Physician Assistant Studies. UF College of Medicine faculty are national leaders in fundamental, translational and clinical research in collaboration with all of the institutes and centers affiliated with UF Health. The college offers a highly regarded graduate training program in the biomedical sciences leading to master’s and doctorate degrees as well as a combined M.D./ Ph.D. training program. In 2012, the college revamped its curriculum to provide students more exposure to clinical training early in their medical education and to place more emphasis on small group and collaborative learning. The George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building, designed to serve the college’s modern, patientcentered curriculum, further helps students learn, care and lead. The building opened in 2015 and serves as a home for medical education at UF, accommodating advanced simulation training and meeting the educational needs of the next generation of UF physicians and physician assistants.

UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville

With 455 faculty, 448 of whom are physicians, among 17 clinical departments, the college offers 37 ACGME- or CODA-accredited residency and fellowship programs, as well as 11 clinical fellowships. More than 380 resident physicians and fellows train on the UF Health Jacksonville campus and in affiliated outpatient practices, making it the fifth-largest GME program in Florida. For 2019, 40% of graduating residents remained in Jacksonville, and more than 50% remained in Florida. Doximity ranks the college’s residency program in emergency medicine as among most reputable programs in the South. The college offers clerkships for third- and fourth-year medical students, as well as physician assistant students, primarily from the university’s main campus.

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UF College of Nursing

The UF College of Nursing is the premier educational institution for nursing in the state of Florida and one of the top leaders nationally. The college continually attracts and retains the highest caliber of nursing students and faculty with a passion for science and caring. The college has strong and innovative educational programs preparing students to receive their B.S.N., D.N.P. and Ph.D. degrees. The B.S.N. program has three tracks: the traditional B.S.N., the Accelerated B.S.N. for students who have degrees in other fields, and the R.N. to B.S.N. program, which is fully online. Our B.S.N. students are among the top in the state, and more than 80% percent pursue graduate education within three years of earning their degree. Our Doctor of Nursing Practice, or D.N.P., program prepares advanced practice nurses in five clinical specialties. The D.N.P. program was ranked among the Top 20 public programs nationally by U.S. News & World Report and was top ranked in the state. The Ph.D. program prepares nursing scholars and future faculty members.

UF College of Pharmacy

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 pharmacy college in Florida and in the Top 10 nationally, the UF College of Pharmacy has been developing future leaders in pharmacy practice and science for nearly a century. At campuses in Gainesville, Jacksonville and Orlando, award-winning faculty aim to improve the health of Floridians and people across the world through pharmacy education, high-impact research and clinical innovation. The UF College of Pharmacy ranks among the Top 5 pharmacy colleges nationally in total research funding and features preeminent researchers who are leading major medical breakthroughs in areas such as drug discovery and development, drug safety and precision medicine.

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UF College of Public Health and Health Professions

The UF College of Public Health and Health Professions is one of more than 60 colleges and schools in the U.S. that have achieved accreditation as a school of public health from the Council on Education for Public Health. Across its eight departments — biostatistics; clinical and health psychology; environmental and global health; epidemiology; health services research, management and policy; occupational therapy; physical therapy; and speech, language, and hearing sciences — the college offers two bachelor’s, seven master’s, eight Ph.D. and three professional programs to more than 2,500 students. Working collaboratively in its teaching, research and service endeavors, the college is making a meaningful difference in the lives of many by preserving, protecting and improving the health and well-being of populations, communities and individuals, locally, nationally and globally.

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UF College of Veterinary Medicine

As the state’s only veterinary medical college, the UF College of Veterinary Medicine is a leader in research, including initiatives in infectious diseases and immunology and broad efforts in neuroscience and environmental toxicology. Among the college’s key programs are shelter medicine, aquatic animal health, infectious disease and “One Health” research aimed at enhancing animal, human and ecosystem health. The UF Veterinary Hospitals serve as a major referral center, treating more than 41,000 small and large animals last year, including through the UF Pet Emergency Treatment Services practice in Ocala. Outreach to animal owners as well as to a variety of animal-related industries focused on species ranging from aquatic to equine to bovine and other species is provided through Veterinary Extension, which is associated with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.


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