Healing, teaching, and discovery
The University of Cincinnati’s four Academic Health Center (AHC) Colleges form a community of seekers and dreamers. Using the latest methods available to scientists and health professionals, steeped in a rich history of innovation and experience-based learning, students become healers, caregivers, researchers, and inventors.
UC’s beginnings are rooted in its medical campus with the 1819 founding of the Medical College of Ohio, known today as the UC College of Medicine. This history has laid the groundwork for discoveries that continue today.
The College of Allied Health Sciences, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, and the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy are dynamic centers of education and research and serve as the foundation for training exceptional patient care providers and health leaders across a range of fields and specialties.
Students at each AHC College enjoy the best of all worlds: a close-knit, personal learning environment coupled with the opportunities and resources of a comprehensive Research I university.
The four UC AHC colleges are located within walking distance of one another as well as several nationally recognized health care facilities such as Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Our convenient, centralized location provides valuable opportunities to collaborate with health care leaders in the community. Long-standing relationships with many distinguished affiliates—including UC Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center—provide unparalleled opportunities for students. This commitment to a real-world advantage extends to our undergraduates through the Bearcat Promise, a commitment to students that they will graduate with a degree in one hand and a career plan in the other.
Our home is an enormous part of our identity. As Bearcats, we live and learn on a campus that’s internationally distinguished (among the world’s most beautiful, according to Forbes) and located less than two miles from Cincinnati’s vibrant downtown. As the center of culture and commerce for a region of more than two million people, the Queen City is an important hub—home to nine Fortune 500 companies and one of the most vibrant start-up ecosystems in the nation.
The UC College of Medicine boasts a proud 200-year tradition of training outstanding clinicians, leaders, researchers, and scholars. Our Pediatrics program is ranked #3 in the country, and the College is home to many groundbreaking innovations: the first emergency medicine residency program, the first oral polio vaccine, the world’s first heart-lung machine, and the first FDA-approved treatment for stroke patients. Our undergraduate Medical Sciences baccalaureate program is a first-of-its-kind pathway that provides students integrated academic, experience-based, and mentored opportunities to prepare for advanced training in biomedical science, medicine, and other health fields.
The UC College of Nursing—recognized nationally for its academic standards, diversity and inclusion efforts, application of technology, and research—educates students to advance patient care, innovate, and create tomorrow’s solutions for the health care landscape. The College and its undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs have earned numerous awards, including a three-time designation as an Apple Distinguished School.
The College of Allied Health Sciences offers a variety of programs addressing the needs of our modern health care environment. Our students perform higher than the national average on board examinations and are exposed to invaluable interdisciplinary experiences. The 117,000-sq. ft. Health Sciences Building also opened this year, giving students state-of-the-art classrooms and innovative lab spaces.
The fourth-oldest pharmacy school in the nation, UC’s James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy has made significant research contributions since its founding in 1850. The College offers rigorous master’s and doctoral programs and is a recognized leader in online education, providing the first online MS in Cosmetic Science and the first online MS in Pharmacy Leadership. Cincinnati Pharmacy graduates consistently perform above state and national averages on board licensure exams.