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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.

College of Dentistry

The University of Florida College of Dentistry is the only state-supported dental school in Florida and is one of the country’s top dental education programs. 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. UFCD 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 Association-recognized dental specialties are available through the School of Advanced Dental Sciences. UFCD offers specialized programs in endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics and dental public health.

College of Medicine

Harrell Medical Education Building

Established in 1956, the UF College of Medicine is the largest college within the UF Health academic health center. In 2016, the UF College of Medicine ranked No. 40 among the nation’s top research medical schools by U.S. News & World Report, the College of Medicine also ranks No. 16 nationally among public medical schools and is the highest-ranked medical school in Florida. 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, patient-centered curriculum, further helps students learn, care and lead. The building 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.

College of Medicine-Jacksonville

UF Health Jacksonville is home to more than 1,500 faculty, residents, fellows, staff and administrators. The center is composed of three UF colleges: Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. The UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville offers more than 30 accredited residency and fellowship programs. Between 50 and 70 percent of trainees remain in Florida post-graduation. Overall, UF graduate medical education programs support 374 medical residents and fellows at UF Health Jacksonville, putting the campus behind only UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville and the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami in size and scope of its graduate education program.

College of Public Health and Health Professions

The College of Public Health and Health Professions is one of more than 50 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 — 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 two professional programs. The college is also home to four NIH-funded training grants in rehabilitation and neuromuscular plasticity; physical, cognitive and mental health; substance abuse; and chronic noncommunicable diseases
and disorders.

College of Nursing

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The UF College of Nursing has innovative education programs designed to address the national shortage of nurses and nursing faculty, including the B.S.N. to Ph.D. program, and the Accelerated B.S.N. program for college graduates from other fields. The R.N. to B.S.N. program is online. We also expanded its accelerated B.S.N. program to the Jacksonville campus. Overall undergraduate enrollment has increased 22 percent since 2013. Our Doctor of Nursing Practice, or D.N.P., program prepares advanced practice nurses in five clinical specialties. UF had one of the state’s first B.S.N. to D.N.P. programs, allowing direct entry into the D.N.P. program for baccalaureate graduates. The D.N.P. program was ranked No. 32 among all programs nationally by U.S. News & World Report and was the top-ranked in the state.

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 excels at preparing graduates to be health care leaders. UF student pharmacists impact their communities through health care screenings, education about proper medication use, internships in pharmacies and community service. About 50 percent of UF graduates practice in community pharmacy settings, with the remaining graduates choosing a variety of roles, including academia, hospitals, ambulatory clinics, the pharmaceutical industry, the Food and Drug Administration and others. The College of Pharmacy placed 95 students from the class of 2016 in residency positions, more than any other pharmacy college in the nation. The College of Pharmacy is a national leader in the development and evaluation of innovative clinical pharmacy practice models.

College of Veterinary Medicine

As the state’s only veterinary 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 environmental health. The UF Veterinary Hospitals serve as a major referral center, treating 36,674 small and large animals last year and another 5,576 animals in Ocala through the UF Pet Emergency Treatment Services clinic. An additional 31,162 animals were treated during field visits. 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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