What is UH Health?
Healthcare is a dominant industry in the Texas Gulf Coast region, and the UH System provides a large portion of the education programs needed to develop and sustain the regional health workforce. Regional healthcare and related-industry employers are experiencing severe shortages of nurses, pharmacists, optometrists, social workers, speech-language pathologists, clinical psychologists, behavioral analysts, healthcare managers, and many other types of workers. Careers in healthcare and related fields provide high-quality, high-income, high-satisfaction jobs.
The universities of the UH System are serving the education needs of health-career-minded students at all levels of the education pipeline, awarding a large share of the region's health-related bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degrees. A degree from a UHS university is a proven stepping stone for admission to highly ranked medical, nursing, dental, and other health-professions schools throughout Texas and the U.S.
With recent high-profile faculty hires and new membership in the Texas Medical Center, UH is rising rapidly in the ranks of premier health research universities. Health-related research accounted for more than 50 percent of the university's total research expenditures in 2009. UH's 2009 research awards from the National Institute of Health (NIH) totaled $14.8 million and topped all other domestic higher education institutions in the region. UH ranked among the top five institutions in Texas, both domestic and medical, for awards from the NIH National Eye Institute and the NIH Institute for Child Health and Human Development. Opportunities for undergraduate research experience abound for UH students, on the UH campus and throughout the Texas Medical Center.
The UH System is on track to become a destination of choice for students, faculty, staff, and community partners interested in healthcare careers and research opportunities.
Combining all of the current bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional programs, the UH System currently offers a total of 83 health-related degree programs: 42 at UH-Main Campus, 23 at UH-Clear Lake, 11 at UH-Downtown, and 7 at UH-Victoria.
Careers in healthcare and other health-related fields generally provide high-demand jobs, above-average salaries, ample opportunities for career advancement, family-friendly personnel policies, and high job satisfaction. Of the 25 fastest growing occupations in Texas requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher, 9 are in the healthcare sector. Of the 25 highest paying occupations in Texas, 15 of 25 are in healthcare.