Health & Medical Education

Health & Medical Education
  1. Executive Summary

    Being healthy, meaning a state of physical, mental, and social well-being in addition to the absence of illness, is an essential part of human welfare on an individual and societal level. The RGV is home to a unique population that, historically, has had limited access to healthcare, contributing to health inequities and health outcomes below national and state norms.  UTRGV is uniquely qualified to serve as a catalyst in transforming the landscape of health and medicine across the region by building a culture of health and well-being through education, research, and mutually beneficial partnerships with educational institutions, surrounding communities, healthcare providers, governmental agencies, and philanthropic organizations.  These initiatives will create educational pathways, improve the health of the region, and develop models of healthcare collaboration in direct support of UT System’s Quantum Leaps, including the Texas Prospect Initiative and UT Health Care Enterprise.
  2. Goal

    Promote a culture of health and well-being for UTRGV and surrounding communities that employs a holistic approach to wellness, health, medical education, training, and research.
  3. Key Initiatives

    • Integrate, coordinate, and leverage programs and resources to support activities that enhance health and wellness and increase healthcare delivery to underserved communities.
    • Strengthen relationships with academic health programs, health governmental agencies, hospitals, clinics, and biomedical industry.
    • Increase research infrastructure and support for opportunities, including for undergraduate and graduate students, related to health, wellness, and medical education.
    • Increase access to health and medical education programs at the undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctoral levels.
    • Establish an interdisciplinary collaborative on population health innovation and improvement.
  4. Sample Metrics
    • Faculty, staff, and student participation rates in health promotion programs.
    • Number of Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD students enrolled in health and medical degree programs.
    • Community-based healthcare partnerships.