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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

2016/17 edition

About The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is one of the country’s leading health sciences universities. The operating budget for FY 2016 is $801.8 million (revenues). The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced more than 32,200 graduates. Designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-serving Institution, the Health Science Center consistently ranks among the top schools in the nation for graduating Hispanic health care providers.

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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

  • Doctor of Medical Physics (DMP)
  • Ph.D. In Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program
  • Ph.D. in Biology of Aging
  • Ph.D. in Cancer Biology
  • Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Medicine
  • Ph.D. in Infection, Inflammation, and Immunity
  • Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
  • Ph.D. In Biomedical Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Radiological Sciences
  • Ph.D. in Nursing Science
  • D.D.S./Ph.D.
  • M.D./Ph.D.
  • Ph.D. in Translational Science
  • Master in Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Cellular and Structural Biology
  • Master of Science in Clinical Investigation and Translational Science
  • Master of Science in Dental Hygiene
  • Master of Science in Medical Health Physics
  • Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology
  • Cancer Prevention Certificate
  • Translational Science Certificate
  • Master of Science in Endodontics
  • Master of Science in Oral Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Master of Science in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Master of Science in Pediatric Dentistry
  • Master of Science in Periodontics
  • Master of Science in Prosthodontics
  • Master of Science in Dental Science
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Departments information

We have developed academic programs designed to train the next generation of scientists and educators in the biomedical sciences. Our students perform cutting-edge basic and translational research, from the molecular to the integrative, in an effort to understand human function in health and disease.

Whether its the new state-of-the-art, one hundred and ninety thousand square foot South Texas Research Facility or one of our premiere academic programs, we invite you to learn more.

  • Ranked first in Texas for aging research funding from the National Institute on Aging
  • Chief catalyst for the $30.6 billion biosciences and health care industry in San Antonio
  • University ranked 6th in the nation in clinical medicine research impact for the period 2001 to 2005
  • Tenth in NIH funding for Cellular and Structural Biology
  • 17th in NIH funding for Physiology
  • Part of UT System which ranked 4th globally for number of U.S. patents granted

Future career prospects

After obtaining their Ph.D degree, graduates of the Biology of Aging discipline typically obtain a position as a postdoctoral research fellow in an academic, industrial (e.g. biotech or pharmaceutical), or government research laboratory before pursuing their first independent professional position.

Typical employment outcomes for our graduates include

  • Research and/or teaching faculty positions at a major university or medical school
  • Research scientist in a biotech or pharmaceutical company
  • Research scientist at a government or military research laboratory

Non-research-intensive career outcomes may include

  • College-level teaching
  • Scientific publishing
  • Science policy, management and administration
  • Academic administration
  • Patent law
  • Science journalism, and many more

English language support

The Office of International Services provides immigration and visa services to the campus community and facilitate the stay of international personnel, including international students, at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In this regard, the OIS serves as the campus’s official liaison with the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, the Department of Labor, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and other, federal authorities and organizations.

The OIS also functions as the designated administrative clearing-house and information source for all of the University’s education abroad activities, including international agreement development and exchange program management.

Facilities and support arrangements

More than 3,000 students a year train in an environment that involves more than 100 affiliated hospitals, clinics and health care facilities in South Texas. The Health Science Center is home to the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, designated a National Cancer Institute Cancer Center. The CTRC's Institute for Drug Development (IDD) is internationally recognized for conducting one of the largest oncology Phase I clinical drug trials programs in the world. Fifteen of the cancer drugs most recently approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration underwent development or testing at the IDD. Other noted programs include: cellular and structural biology, urology, nephrology, transplantation biology, aging and longevity studies, cardiology and research imaging.

Fees, funding and costs

On average, cost of living in San Antonio is cheaper than the U.S. average. Here is a look from Expatisan that may be helpful.


San Antonio is the seventh largest cities in the U.S. and also one of the fastest growing in the nation. With nearly 300 sunny days per year, it is a great place for many outdoor sports and a variety of recreational opportunities.

According to the San Antonio Business Journal, one in six of San Antonio workers are employed in health care or bioscience fields. It is home to cutting-edge biotech companies such as DPT Laboratories, Ltd, Medtronic, Inc., and Genzyme along with nationally-recognized institutions including Methodist Healthcare System, University Health System, Texas Neurosciences Institute, Texas Biomedical Research Insitute, and the Cancer Therapy & Research Center.

With a vibrant military, academic, nonprofit, and private sector focused on research, the economic impact of San Antonio's health care/ bioscience industry has become a leading sector with over $30.6 billion annually.


A list of the apartments near the UTHSCSA, along with web information and comments by our graduate students, is provided on our website. One bedroom apartment range from $800-$2000.


San Antonio is home to many cultural events including Fiesta, a 10 day citywide festival held in April to honor the memory of those who fought in the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Over 100 events take place during the anniversary of Texas' independence from Mexico. The Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony is presented by the Paseo del Rio Association and the City of San Antonio the day after Thanksgiving when over 122,000 lights are switched on to illuminate the River Walk. Decorated floats travel down the river ending with a float featuring Santa Claus, as well as a San Antonio Hispanic counterpart known as "Pancho Claus". The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, established in 1950, is a 16-day event held in February at the AT&T Center and Freeman Coliseum. There are 20 PRCA rodeo performances held in conjunction with musical entertainment from country, rock ’n’ roll and Latin artists, livestock auctions, carnival rides and retail outlets at the event.

How to apply

The application will open on 1 September 2016 and are typically due on January 16 (Priority) and March 16 (Final). Different programs have different application deadlines so please check the website for updated information.

Contact details

(210) 567-3709
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
8403 Floyd Curl Dr., MC 7819
San Antonio
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