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About the KU School of Health Professions

Our Mission:

To serve the citizens of Kansas, the region, the nation and to develop tomorrow's leaders through exemplary education, research and service
More Info:
A Brief History of the School of Health Professions

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University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kan.

KU Medical Center
Kansas City and Wichita campuses

KU Hospital
Kansas City, Kan.


Unlike the School of Medicine and School of Nursing at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the School of Health Professions is segmented into distinct organizational units based on field of study, and these departments operate independently from locations across the campus. Each department is managed by a chairperson or program director and some have their own support staff. Collectively, the faculty and staff of all areas in health professions come together under the leadership of Dean Karen L. Miller, PhD.

Although several of our programs began as early as the 1930s or 1940s, the school was not established officially until 1974 when several academic health care programs at KU Medical Center were organized under a single school for the first time. Today the school has grown to offer more than 25 health profession programs organized under eight academic departments. The school offers degrees ranging from the bachelor's degree to advanced graduate study, including several doctorate programs. In addition, several certificate and post-professional programs are now available to students wishing to advance their careers.

The School of Health Professions, along with the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Office of Graduate Studies comprise the academic units of the University of Kansas Medical Center located in Kansas City, Kan. Once part of the university, The University of Kansas Hospital became an independently managed organization in the late 1990s. It remains an essential clinical instruction component for KU's programs today.

The School's annual enrollment approximates 600 students, with over 200 graduating each year. Numerous clinical affiliation sites in the U.S. and abroad offer students of the school the opportunity to gain experience in rural, urban and international healthcare settings.

About the University of Kansas

The University of Kansas main campus is located about 40 minutes west in beautiful Lawrence, Kansas. The University of Kansas is a Carnegie Research I institution and an eminent member of the prestigious 58-member American Association of Universities. KU consistently ranks as one of the nation's top public universities by prominent publications and is considered a College Best Buy by U.S. News and World Report.

More than 26,000 matriculated students from every region of the world, 1,900 faculty members, and approximately 7,000 staff and support personnel engage in, support or advance a wide range of academic activities on its campuses.

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