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Overview

The HSC is the country’s only academic health center with six health-related colleges located on a single, contiguous campus. Our colleges, major research centers and institutes and clinical enterprise focus on building collaborative specialized clinical services centered on quality and innovation. 

Our vision as a preeminent academic health center is to optimize our collective expertise to improve patient care, education, discovery and the health of the community. Our success is predicated on research-based, multidisciplinary, cross-college programs. The colleges teach the full continuum of higher education from undergraduates to professional students to advanced post-doctoral students.

The HSC is also a world leader in interdisciplinary research, generating 52 percent of UF’s total research awards. Five major health-related research centers and institutes are designed to create synergies and collaborative research opportunities. Research activities at the HSC reflect a depth of purpose by focusing on the translational nature of biomedical research, following the continuum from fundamental research to clinical research to patient care.

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Affairs includes several administrative units that provide leadership and support to all HSC colleges, centers and institutes. Among these are Academic and Administrative Affairs, Finance and Planning, HSC Libraries, Information Services & Technology and the Student Health Care Center. The HSC includes two primary campuses in Gainesville and Jacksonville as well as numerous educational, clinical and research affiliates across the state.

Select HSC Initiatives

  • The University of Florida Cancer and Genetics Research Building adds to Florida’s biotechnology efforts and is a prototype for interdisciplinary research. The 280,000-square-foot facility houses the UF Genetics Institute, the UF Shands Cancer Center, the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research and the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory.
  • The University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute (UFPTI), located at Shands Jacksonville, opened and treated its first patient in August 2006. UFPTI is a 98,000-square-foot facility providing conventional radiation cancer treatment and proton therapy. UFPTI includes clinics for the pre- and post-therapy and on-treatment evaluation of cancer patients, planning suites, an infusion and anesthesia suite, psychosocial and dietary services, a research office and faculty offices. At capacity, the facility can treat up to 200 patients.
  • Shands Cancer Hospital at the University of Florida opened November 1, 2009, and supports the academic medical services offered by Shands and UF. The new hospital houses 192 private inpatient beds for a variety of patients, including those receiving diagnostic and therapeutic oncology services. In addition, the Shands at UF emergency department and trauma unit and a critical care center for emergency- and trauma-related services are located there.
  • The newly opened University of Florida Biomedical Sciences Building serves as a center for animal research into genetics and cancer. The $85 million facility opened in September 2009.
  • UF, HSC and Shands programmatic priorities include the areas of cancer, brain, genetics, biotechnology, aging, children, transplant, heart and diabetes.
  • Also see selected interdisciplinary research initiatives.