University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center

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University of Cincinnati
Academic Health Center
Motto Juncta Juvant ("Strength in Unity")
Type Public (state university)
Established 1819
Location Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Campus Urban

The University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center comprises four health colleges of the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, training health care professionals and providing research and patient care. The Academic Health Center (AHC) consists of multiple University of Cincinnati colleges that are listed below, Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati Physicians and the programs and institutes at the university's Reading Campus. The AHC also has strong ties to UC Health, which includes the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and West Chester Hospital. The academic health center concept originated with physician Daniel Drake, who founded the Medical College of Ohio, the precursor to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, in 1819.


A municipally owned college for most of its history, the University of Cincinnati joined Ohio's higher education system in July 1977. In 1982, its teaching hospital, known as the General Hospital and in its present location since 1915, was renamed the University of Cincinnati Hospital. It was later changed again to its current name, University Hospital. In 2003, the name was changed from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center to better reflect its missions in education and biomedical research. In 2010, the Academic Health Center became an integral part of the newly formed UC Health organization, which also encompasses various entities including UC Physicians, West Chester Hospital, Drake Center, Lindner Center of HOPE, UC Health Surgical Hospital, and the UC Metabolic Diseases Institute.

The Academic Health Center's national reputation for biomedical research includes the development of the first live, attenuated polio vaccine by Albert Sabin, MD, who worked on the project at both the University of Cincinnati and the affiliated Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, as well as definitive studies of the health effects of lead in children, and development of the popular antihistamine Benadryl by George Rieveschl, PhD, who was working in the chemistry department of the University of Cincinnati during the time of his discovery.[1]

Part of the University of Cincinnati, the Academic Health Center comprises several institutions:

  • College of Allied Health Sciences
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
  • Hoxworth Blood Center
  • Metabolic Diseases Institute
  • Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center
  • UC Cancer Institute
  • UC Neuroscience Institute
  • UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute

UC Health

UC Health was established in 2009 after the disbandment of the Health Alliance that formerly included University Hospital (renamed University of Cincinnati Medical Center), West Chester Hospital, The Christ Hospital, Jewish Hospital, and Fort Hamilton Hospital.

Its flagship hospital is the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, but UC Health also includes:

  • West Chester Hospital
  • Lindner Center of HOPE
  • Daniel Drake Center for Long Term Acute Care
  • University of Cincinnati Physicians

It also includes the following College of Medicine institutes:

  • UC Cancer Institute
  • UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute
  • UC Neuroscience Institute
  • UC Diabetes & Metabolic Disease Institute

Partners and affiliates


Over the years, the College of Medicine and Academic Health Center have grown into a large complex with several buildings, research labs, and patient care facilities.

CARE/Crawley Building (constructed in 2008), along with the adjacent Medical Sciences Building, houses the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
  • Barrett Center
  • CARE/Crawley Building
  • Cardiovascular Research Center
  • French East Building
  • Health Sciences Library
  • Hoxworth Center
  • Joseph F. Kowalewski Hall
  • Kettering Laboratory Complex
  • Logan Hall
  • Marriott Kingsgate Conference Center
  • Medical Sciences Building
  • Procter Hall
  • University Hall
  • Vontz Center for Molecular Studies
  • Wherry Hall

University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences

University of Cincinnati
College of Allied Health Sciences
Established 1998
Dean Tina F. Whalen, EdD
Location Cincinnati

The College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) provides education for allied health and health science professionals. CAHS became a college at the University of Cincinnati in March 1998. Its programs originated from various colleges at the University of Cincinnati.

Majors and programs

  • Doctoral
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders
      • Audiology
    • Physical Therapy
  • Master's
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders
      • Speech-language Pathology
    • Genetic Counseling
    • Health Administration (in conjunction with the College of Medicine and the Lindner College of Business)
    • Nutrition Sciences
    • Transfusion and Transplantation Services
  • Bachelor's
    • Advanced Medical Imaging Technology
    • Clinical Laboratory Science
    • Clinical Laboratory Science – Distance Learning
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders
    • Dietetics
    • Food and Nutrition
      • Concentration in Exercise Science
      • Concentration in Pre-Medicine
    • Health Information Management – Distance Learning
    • Health Sciences
      • Sports and Biomechanics Concentration
      • Exercise Science Concentration
  • Certificate
    • Clinical Laboratory Science
    • Dietetics

School of Social Work

  • Social Work

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

University of Cincinnati
College of Medicine
Established 1819
Dean William Ball, MD
Location Cincinnati
The Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, designed and built by Frank Gehry in collaboration with the BHDP Architecture company, houses the research facilities for several departments.

The College of Medicine was established in 1819 as the Medical College of Ohio by Daniel Drake. It became a part of the University of Cincinnati in 1896, and it is considered by some historians to be the oldest medical school west of the Allegheny Mountains.[citation needed] This is supposedly the second-oldest public college of medicine in the United States.[citation needed]

In the 1950s, Albert Sabin developed the live polio vaccine at the College of Medicine.[2] Other accomplishments include the development of the heart-lung machine, the Fogarty heart catheter, the antihistamine, Benadryl, and the Clark oxygen electrode. The University of Cincinnati also established the nation's first residency program in emergency medicine. The College of Medicine also is noted for its neurosurgical research into degenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, at the time led by Raj Narajan, MD.

Ranked in the top one-third of American medical schools, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine attracts students from across the United States. In 2008, it became the first medical college in the country to implement the multiple mini interview system pioneered in Canada to better predict candidates with exceptional interpersonal skills, professionalism and ethical/moral judgment.[3][4][5] Additional medical schools in the United States have since adopted the process.[6]

A curriculum revision effort involving more clinical instruction in the first two years of medical school was unveiled for the entering class of 2011. In addition to the usual medical school application pathways, the University of Cincinnati offers a dual-admissions program known as Connections to high school students applying for undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati where students are guaranteed admission to the school if they acquire the required GPA and MCAT scores.[7] The school also attracts many undergraduate students to its myriad summer research fellowships.

Medical School departments

  • Anesthesiology
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Cancer and Cell Biology
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Environmental Health
  • Family and Community Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Education
  • Molecular and Cellular Physiology
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology
  • Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology-Head, and Neck Surgery
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Radiology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Surgery

Degree options

Medical Doctor

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Combined/Dual Degrees

  • MD/PhD (MSTP – Medical Scientist Training Program)
  • MD/MBA Program
  • MD/MS in Nutrition Dual Degree Program

Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences Early Medical School Acceptance

  • BS/MD (Connections Dual Admissions)
  • ROSE (Research, Observation, Service, Education) Internship

Certificate Programs

  • Clinical & Translational Research (Environmental Health)
  • Hazardous Substances

Graduate Degrees (PhD, MS, MPH)

  • Biomedical Informatics (PhD)
  • Biostatistics – Environmental Health (MS, PhD)
  • Cancer and Cell Biology (PhD)
  • Clinical and Translational Research (MS)
  • Epidemiology (MS, PhD)
  • Genetic Counseling (MS)
  • Immunobiology (MS, PhD)
  • Industrial Hygiene (MS, PhD)
  • Molecular and Developmental Biology (PhD)
  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology (MS, PhD)
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology (PhD)

Graduate Degrees (PhD, MS, MPH) contd.

  • Neuroscience/Medical Sciences Scholars Interdisciplinary (PhD)
  • Occupational Medicine (MS)
  • Occupational Safety and Ergonomics (MS, PhD)
  • Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine (PhD)
  • Physiology (MS)
  • Public Health (MPH)
  • Radiological Sciences/Medical Physics (MS)
  • Systems Biology and Physiology (PhD)
  • Toxicology (PhD)

Centers of Excellence

  • UC Cancer Institute
  • UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute
  • UC Neuroscience Institute
  • Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center


The 2016 U.S. News and World Report magazine ranked the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine the 40th best medical school nationally in research and 65th in primary care. In addition, the College of Medicine had the third best pediatrics program and third best emergency medicine program in the country according to the same report.[8]

University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

University of Cincinnati
College of Nursing
Established 1889
Dean Andrea R. Lindell, RN, DNSc
Location Cincinnati

Established in 1889, the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing was the first school to offer a baccalaureate degree in nursing in 1916. In 1942, the college became a charter member of the National League for Nursing. In 2002 the college was the first nursing school to offer cooperative education in addition to clinical time, and in 2010 it began a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program to meet growing need in the field. In addition to the colleges long history, some recent success include awarding over $1.0 million in scholarships and graduate assistantship stipends for the 2008 – 2009 academic year, ranking in the top 10 percent of American nursing programs according to the U.S. News & World Report magazine, receiving over $2.6 million in extramural research awards during the 2009 fiscal year, and developing partnerships with over 300 clinical sites in order to provide students flexibility and diversity in clinical experiences.

In 1982, the college was one of eleven nursing schools that received the Robert Wood Johnson Teaching Nursing Home Project Grant. In 1987, IBM chose the college as one of fifteen to develop computer assisted interactive video for health sciences. A nursing doctoral program and nurse anesthetist master's program were established in 1990. In 1992, the college established a joint master's degree (MSN/MBA) with the Lindner College of Business.

As of 2011, Procter Hall, the home of the College of Nursing, was undergoing a $5.0 million external renovation set for completions in the fall of 2011.


  • Aging with Dignity
  • Wedbush Centre
  • Nightingale Awards
  • Institute for Nursing Research and Scholarship

James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy

University of Cincinnati
James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
Established 1850
Dean Neil MacKinnon, PhD
Location Cincinnati

Located in Kowalewski Hall and in the Medical Sciences Building on the University of Cincinnati’s Academic Health Center campus, the Winkle College of Pharmacy is one of the oldest pharmacy colleges in the United States, in particular, the oldest one west of the Allegheny Mountains. It offers PharmD, MS, and PhD degrees, including some programs in an online format. Its graduates have a 100% placement rate prior to graduation. It is located in a research-intensive public (R1) university and is ranked in the top 25% of pharmacy programs in the US.[9]


The Cincinnati College of Pharmacy was granted a charter by the Ohio Legislature in 1850 and it was the first pharmacy school west of the Allegheny Mountains. It operated as a private college until July 1954 when it became an integral part of the University of Cincinnati.

In 1967, the College of Pharmacy became a unit of the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center, along with the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, University Hospital, Christian R. Holmes Hospital, and the Health Sciences Library.

In 2000 a fourth College, the College of Allied Health Sciences joined the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

On June 6, 2007, the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Pharmacy changed its name to the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. The college is only the second in UC's history to be named.

The name change honors Jim Winkle's pledge of $10 million to his alma mater from his estate or trust. A Hamilton, Ohio, resident who graduated from the college in 1958, Winkle made the donation in 2005, but at his request his support was not publicly acknowledged until 2007. [9]

The College occupies newly remodeled research space in the Medical Sciences Building and a [null $34 million renovation in Kowalewski Hall is currently in progress and will be completed in 2017.[10] That space includes new classrooms, teaching labs, student club meeting space, faculty and staff offices, conference rooms and an IT help desk.


The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy provides vibrant education programs to help enhance the skills of those interested in pharmaceutical sciences and the pharmacy profession.The college offers multiple kinds of programs, including Masters, PhD, and PharmD. It also offers online MS degree or certificate programs in cosmetic science, drug development and pharmacy leadership. Postgraduate residency (PGY-1) training opportunities in community pharmacy for PharmD graduates also exist at the college. A vibrant continuing education program exists to help enhance the skills of practicing pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

The Doctor of Pharmacy Degree is the only entry-level professional degree offered by the College. The Doctor of Pharmacy degree-granting program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education through to June 30, 2022. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX). Approximately 97 students are admitted into each class.

The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum is divided into the following:

  • At least three years of Pre-Pharmacy Education
  • Four years of Professional Pharmacy Education

The PharmD program provides a dynamic and challenging environment for students to earn a PharmD degree and become licensed pharmacists. The curriculum for the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program provides a strong foundation in biological, chemical, pharmaceutical, administrative and clinical sciences that prepares graduates to practice pharmacy.

The pharmacy profession offers excellent opportunities for those interested in science and health care. Registered pharmacists find careers in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, consulting, managed care, pharmaceutical manufacturing, scientific research, medical liaison, and education.

Pharmacists are experts in medication therapy management. They provide information to patients about their medications to ensure that they receive the maximum benefits associated with their treatment.

The PharmD professional degree program has been recognized by ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education) with special commendation in the areas of student affairs, curricular development and assessment and clinical experiential education.

Full Time MS/PHD Programs

Students interested in obtaining a full-time research-based MS or PhD degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences are expected to generate innovative research findings under the guidance of a program training faculty with funded research activities.

Selection of qualified applicants by training faculty is competitive and attempts to effectively align research interests between student and supervisory faculty. Intensive research MS and PhD programs in the pharmaceutical sciences, allow students to focus their research in one of three areas: biomembrane science, experimental therapeutics, and health outcomes.

Graduate Programs in Drug Development The MS program with drug development specialization (MSDD) is a two-year, online degree program with a first-in-class curriculum in global pharmaceutical development (drugs/biologicals, drug products and devices). Tailored to meet the aspirations of working professionals, the program can be completed on a part-time basis with coursework offered on-site in the evening on weekdays (typically Mondays and Thursdays) or via distance learning basis.

A collaboration between academia, industry and government, the University of Cincinnati MSDD provides cross-disciplinary training in the scientific and regulatory and business aspects of drug development. Graduates are uniquely prepared to participate in the multidisciplinary process to translate a therapeutic concept from lab bench to bedside.

Graduate Programs in Cosmetic Science

The interdisciplinary Cosmetic Science Programs provide opportunities to develop professional skills and fundamental concepts driving cosmetic science.

Started in 1973, the college’s MS in Cosmetic Science is now globally recognized as one of oldest graduate programs in the world.[11] These innovative programs help prepare students today to gain knowledge of cosmetic science that helps them develop as industry leaders for tomorrow. The Graduate programs in cosmetic science are as follows:

  • Capstone Project MS degree: MS degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with emphasis in Cosmetic Science (30 credit hours)
  • Graduate Certificate (GC) in Cosmetic Science: 12 credit hours covering skin and hair science as well as formulation science
  • MS and PhD degrees: Intensive Research based MS and PhD degrees in Pharmaceutical science with emphasis in Cosmetic Science (on-site at Cincinnati)
  • Courses for Non-matriculated Students: The online courses are also available to non-matriculated students who have not applied for acceptance into the GC or MS Programs (a maximum of six (6) semester credit hours may be transferred to either Program upon matriculation).

The graduate programs in cosmetic science have experienced rapid growth in recent years, growing from 17 students in 2013 to 96 students in 2017.

Master's degree and Graduate Certificate Programs in Pharmacy Leadership

In 2016, the University of Cincinnati James L Winkle College of Pharmacy became the first pharmacy school in the US to offer an online MS degree program & graduate certificate in pharmacy leadership.[12]

These programs combine leadership and professional development content in a series of health care business and management courses resulting in a customized learning and growth experience to prepare the pharmacist professional for career advancement in numerous healthcare roles.

These are the first programs at the University of Cincinnati to be a partnership between three difference colleges:

  • James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
  • Linder College of Business - Masters in Business Administration
  • College of Allied Health - Masters in Health Administration

Successful completion of either leadership program prepares graduates for leadership positions in numerous health care settings, including independent and chain community pharmacies, health-system inpatient, outpatient and clinical pharmacies, clinical coordinator roles, managed care, industry, long-term care and more.

New Strategic Plan: We are Pharmacy- Rx for the Future

In 2016, the University of Cincinnati James L Winkle College of Pharmacy developed a new strategic plan, We are Pharmacy- Rx for the Future, to help guide the college. The new tagline of the college is: Lead. Care. Transform.

New Faculty hires

From 2014-2016, the college completed the largest hire of new faculty in the history of the college. Many of these new hires were in partnerships with healthcare organizations in the greater Cincinnati area.[13] Research Faculty, graduate students and other research personnel have active research at the college, primarily in the areas of biomembrane/skin science, health outcomes and experimental therapeutics, especially in oncology and neuroscience. Research funding at the college has increased significantly since 2014, with a 51% increase from 2015 to 2016 for a total of $8.9 million in 2016[14]


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External links

  • UC Academic Health Center
  • UC Health News

College of Allied Health Sciences

  • UC College of Allied Health Sciences official site
  • About the College of Allied Health Sciences

College of Medicine

  • UC College of Medicine official site
  • Vontz Center for Molecular Studies

College of Nursing

  • UC College of Nursing official site

James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy

  • UC James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy official site

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