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. (Two new medical schools are being established at System’s academic institutions.)
The health institutions include UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, currently ranked as a 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 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 6.78 million outpatient visits and the hospitals account for more than 1.38 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.
Our six health institutions were responsible for $1.65 billion in research expenditures
Texas invested $1.11 billion in state funding in the six UT System health institutions in FY 2014, which they leveraged that investment to secure additional financial resources for an annual budget of $9.4 billion: