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The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth


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The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

It is an exciting time to be at UNT Health Science Center. Founded more than 50 years ago as a small osteopathic medical school, we are today a thriving six-college graduate university with physicians and health providers representing most medical specialties. Our position at the forefront of innovation in the rapidly shifting field of health care is one of many things that make us extraordinary.

Our culture

We believe in a value-based culture that is built on trust. Rather than competition, our values create a learning environment of collaboration, collegiality, and support as we pursue our shared vision of becoming the team of choice for education, discovery, and health care.

Our opportunities

We are the only Health Science Center in Texas that has these six schools — medical (DO and MD), health professions, biomedical sciences, public health, and pharmacy — on one campus. This centralized location gives our students a unique opportunity to practice an interprofessional model of care that will distinguish them in the rapidly evolving field of health care.

Our impact

We graduate the second-highest number of primary care physicians (60 percent) of any medical school in the country, and our nationally-recognized Rural Medicine program brings medical care to underserved communities. Other areas of strength include Aging and Alzheimer’s research and forensic genetics.

Our location

Nestled in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District, we are within walking distance of world-renown museums, great restaurants, and vibrant nightlife spots. North Texas offers affordable living and a thriving health care sector with a myriad of opportunities for future employment.

What we do

We Keep patients at the center of our efforts in education, research, and care

  • We train tomorrow’s health care providers
  • Since 2002, U.S. News and World Report has called the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine one of the nation’s top 50 medical primary care schools.
  • We graduate the second-highest number of primary care physicians (60 percent) of any medical school in the country.
  • Physicians and other health professionals train and practice interprofessionally – an HSC core competency – for the benefit of patients and their families around a “team care” model.

We push the boundaries of discovery

  • Our researchers are working on a blood test to predict older adults’ risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • By analyzing how hormones function in the brain, our scientists are identifying how to treat – and possibly even prevent – Alzheimer’s disease and certain cancers.
  • The science of nanoparticles is helping our researchers uncover promising ways to deliver chemotherapy directly to a tumor with fewer side effects for patients.

We help make sick people well and keep vigorous people healthy

  • Our Pediatric Mobile Clinic delivers much-needed care to children in underserved Fort Worth neighborhoods.
  • We create innovative programs for disease prevention and health promotion that deliver care services efficiently, effectively, and equitably while minimizing health disparities among populations.

Our Strengths

Eliminating health disparities

HSC, driven by its core value to Serve Others First, is committed to helping deliver health care and improving access to all Texans through service and education.

  • We’ve partnered with Tarrant County to expand access to the vaccine in historically underserved and hard-to-reach communities.
  • The mobile health programs help families experiencing financial hardship or access quality health care where they are.
  • Our Rural Scholars program trains and prepares future doctors to practice medicine in small towns and rural communities across Texas.
  • The Asthma 411 program helps families and school nurses better understand asthma to help prevent asthma attacks and incidents at school. Asthma 411 is currently in 11 school districts across Tarrant County.

Decoding forensic genetics

We bring closure to families of missing persons and use DNA evidence to aid law enforcement

  • We offer the most advanced forensics program in the country, training students to identify missing persons and human remains using DNA technologies.
  • Our Center for Human Identification is the largest contributor of DNA profiles to the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and the National DNA Index System (NDIS), which support the exchange and comparison of forensic DNA evidence for violent crime investigations.
  • We also work with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, police departments, and medical examiners throughout the U.S. on missing person cases.

Aging & Alzheimer’s

We help seniors preserve their quality of life and cope with cognitive and functional declines

  • The Gerontology Assessment and Planning program provides comprehensive geriatric assessments for older adults with complex medical conditions, cognitive impairment, and functional declines.
  • The SAGE (Seniors Assisting in Geriatric Education) program teams geriatric patients who serve as mentors to students – medical, physician assistant, physical therapy, and pharmacy – to assure compassionate, patient-centered care.
  • Our Geriatrics Division provides North Texas seniors with a continuum of care wherever they reside, and also offers hospice and palliative care.

Interprofessional education

We are leading the way in team-based training that puts the patient first

  • This is the future of health care in the United States, and we are leading the way in team-based training that puts the patient at the center of care decisions while controlling costs and reducing medical errors.
  • UNTHSC’s newest school, the UNT System College of Pharmacy, spotlights the increasingly important role of the pharmacist in patient-based health care teams.
  • Our interprofessional programs address cooperation across the care spectrum, from wellness and nutrition programs to chronic disease treatment and management.

Campus Features

Our students enjoy vibrant campus life, including more than 30 student organizations and a wide variety of service, recreational and professional development activities. The state-of-the-art Gibson D. Lewis Library offers worldwide access to nearly 25,000 electronic journals and databases, as well as many other digital learning tools.

About Fort Worth

Everything in Texas is big, and Fort Worth is no exception. As one of the largest cities in Texas, it is home to American Airlines—and three Berkshire Hathaway companies. The Dallas/Fort Worth market is, in fact, the sixth-largest economy in the U.S. and the 18th largest in the world.

But the reason more than 775,000 people call Fort Worth home is really because of its friendly, hometown feel. Voted by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler as one of the friendliest cities in America, Fort Worth also has been designated as one of “America’s Most Livable Communities,” one of only 10 large cities so named.

Fort Worth has more than 10,000 acres of parks, hundreds of miles of trails, and it’s quickly becoming one of the country’s most bike-friendly cities. HSC even sponsors one of Fort Worth’s many bike-sharing stations right on campus.

HSC is nestled in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, home to three world-renowned museums in a park-like setting: The Amon Carter Museum; the Kimbell Art Museum with the new Renzo Piano Pavilion; and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Nearby is the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame (yes, the city is proud of its western heritage, and its Stockyards National Historic District even boasts the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive).

Also near campus is the West Seventh Street District, with shops, dining, nightlife, and residences, all within a pedestrian-friendly, urban setting.

Downtown, the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall is home to the city’s professional symphony, theater, opera, and ballet companies, as well as the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

And within a 20-minute ride, you’ll find Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Texas Motor Speedway, Texas Rangers baseball, and Dallas Cowboys football at AT&T Stadium.

We’d agree that everything in Texas is big, but we can’t help but believe that everything in Fort Worth is better.

    Visa Requirements

    Requirements for the J-1 Visa

    Funding Requirements

    Proof of financial support is required. Funding may be from UNTHSC, the Exchange Visitor’s government, personal funds, or a combination of these sources. Proof of financial support should be attached to the DS-2019 Request Form when submitted by the department.

    The financial requirements are as follows:

    • $1,300/month for the scholar
    • $420/month for the J-2 Spouse
    • $420/month per J-2 Child

    Insurance Requirement

    J-1 Exchange Visitors are required by the Department of State to hold sufficient insurance coverage throughout the duration of their program.

    Effective May 15, 2015 requirements are as follows:

    • Major Medical Coverage: $100,000 per accident/illness
    • Deductible cannot exceed: $500
    • Medical Evacuation: $50,000
    • Repatriation of Remains: $ 25,000

    Online graduate programs do not sponsor F-1 visas for international students. International students can undertake all didactic courses online and can participate in the on-site training (capstone research or internship practicum) either outside of the US or in the US under proper arrangements with a J-1 or B-1 visa.

    Scholarships and Funding


    • Fort Worth

      Fort Worth, USA