The Office of Health Affairs has primary responsibility for the oversight of the six health institutions of The University of Texas System.Through the presidents of the institutions, the Office of Health Affairs has responsibility for the budgets, academic planning and programs, health care delivery, facilities planning and construction, and personnel (both academic and non-academic) of those institutions. The Office of Health Affairs and its six health institutions share a mission of education, clinical care, research, and community service.
An important part of mission of The University of Texas System is to provide excellent, affordable and compassionate patient care through hospitals and clinics that are of central importance to programs of teaching, scholarship, research and service associated with medicine and related health sciences.
Within the System's six health institutions, there are four medical schools, two dental schools, three nursing schools, four biomedical science graduate schools, four schools of health professions as well as schools of biomedical informatics and a school of public health with five regional campuses.
The health institutions include UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, currently ranked as the top cancer center in the world, and the UT Health Science Center at Tyler, whose mission includes a mandate from the Legislature to lead the state's fight against tuberculosis. The UT System is the only System in the country to have four Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health.
Through three teaching hospitals owned by UT System institutions and numerous affiliations with other teaching hospitals, as well as a network of community clinics, the health institutions are major providers of health care. System owned and affiliated hospitals and clinics have more than 5.2 million outpatient visits and the hospitals account for more than 1.45 million hospital days annually.
All four UT medical schools are ranked in the top 10 of the Hispanic Business ranking of medical schools for Hispanic students and the health institutions also operate four extension campuses in South Texas and four regional teaching and research programs in public health.
Texans invested a little over $1.03 billion in state funding in the UT System health institutions in FY 2009, which they leveraged to secure additional financial resources from an annual budget of $6.8 billion:
More than 3,200 degrees awarded
More than 800 graduates of medical schools
More than 160 graduates of dental schools
More than 180 Ph.D. medical scientists
More than 900 graduates from nursing schools (including nearly 290 master's and Ph.D.s)
More than 640 graduates from health profession schools (including over 300 master's and Ph.D.s)
More than 200 public health scientists (169 master's and 44 Ph.D.s)
Scores of highly acclaimed faculty members
Five public health school regional teaching and research programs
A statewide medical and dental application center
Four extension campuses in South Texas
More than $1.5 billion in research expenditures
More than 1.45 million days in state owned and affiliated hospitals
More than 5.2 million outpatient visits in state owned and affiliated facilities
Numerous community service programs and projects, including those for college students and public school faculty members