UNT Health Science Center, College of Osteopathic Medicine
The University of North Texas Health Sciences Center's (UNTHSC) College of Osteopathic Medicine is the only school of its kind in Texas. Between 2005 and 2010, the Center established the Texas Center for Health Disparities (TCHD) as a National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD, now NIMHD) EXPORT Center.
One of the most significant achievements of the Health Disparities Center was to lay the groundwork for developing the Texas Prevention Institute (TPI), established in 2010 as one of ten Health Institutes of Texas based at the UNTHSC in Fort Worth. The TPI brings together three existing centers into one – the Texas Center for Health Disparities (TCHD), the Primary Care Research Center (PCRC), and the Center for Community Health (CCH).
Together, these three centers represent a research continuum combining the expertise of basic scientists from UT Southwestern's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (participates in TCHD), clinical researchers from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (participates in PCRC), and community and epidemiology researchers from the School of Public Health (participates in CCH).
The UNTHSC School of Public Health, with 43 active faculty members, conducts innovative research and nationally recognized educational programs that address the health needs of diverse communities in Texas and around the world.