UT Southwestern School of Health Professions has several leadership responsibilities within the Medical Center. Its primary function is the academic preparation of health professionals at various levels: post-baccalaureate certificate, masters, and doctorate. In doing so, its faculty also provides structured preparation for students in clinical settings, offers high-quality patient care and client services, and takes part in ongoing research and professional development.

The mission of the School of Health Professions is to:

  1. Prepare health professionals of the highest quality to meet the needs of the health care system in Texas;
  2. Advance knowledge of the health professions through the development and maintenance of research programs related to health care;
  3. Consult, provide services and collaborate with other institutions and agencies to meet the health care delivery and health education needs of the citizens of Texas through interdisciplinary education and promotion of comprehensive health care; and
  4. Contribute to the continued growth and development of the health professions and the reduction of barriers to vertical and horizontal career mobility through the development of continuing education, retraining programs, and other appropriate means.

The Medical Center setting in which the School is located provides rich resources for achieving these goals. Highly respected basic and medical scientists are available to present special lectures and to consult and collaborate with members of the faculty. Clinical training facilities at teaching hospitals and affiliated institutions are readily available. In the outstanding academic environment provided by the Medical Center, the faculty members of the School expand their training through research and service activities.

Since the School’s administration and faculty recognize the importance of community service, they work actively to publicize career opportunities in health care, to recruit students of varied backgrounds and all races to prepare for health careers, and to respond to the changing needs of the health care workforce.

While the School seeks to provide the most suitable environment for learning, it cannot guarantee any individual’s progress or opportunities for employment.