The Office of Health Affairs has primary responsibility for the oversight of the 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 health institutions share a mission of education, clinical care, research, and community service.
Impact on Texas: Providing Excellence in Health Care For All Texans
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 health institutions, there are four medical schools, two dental schools, three nursing schools, five biomedical science graduate schools, four schools of health professions as well as a school of biomedical informatics and two schools of public health, including one with five regional campuses. (Additionally, two new medical schools are located 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 respiratory diseases. 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 networks of community clinics, the health institutions are major providers of health care. Faculty working in System owned and affiliated hospitals and clinics provided for more than 8.6 million outpatient visits and account for more than 1.79 million hospital days annually.
Our health institutions and two medical schools at academic institutions were responsible for $2.17 billion in research expenditures
Texas invested $1.28 billion in state funding in the UT System health institutions in FY 2020, which they leveraged that investment to secure additional financial resources for an annual budget of $10.2 billion:
- Nearly 4,800 degrees awarded
- Nearly 1,250 graduates of medical and dental schools
- More than 880 graduates of medical schools
- More than 210 graduates of dental schools
- Nearly 1,450 bachelor's, 1,500 master's and 350 doctoral research degrees