Financial commitments in education


Student enrollment in schools within Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) has never been higher. Public health and medicine each has its largest entering class ever. Nursing has the largest group of master’s students in history, and applicants to its six nurse practitioner programs have grown by double- and triple-digit percentages over the previous year—in pediatric acute and primary care, alone, for example, applicants increased, respectively, by 71% and 112%.

While Emory is doing its part to ease the shortage of physicians and other health care providers in this country, the focus really is more on quality than quantity. The goal is to produce students who will be leaders in making health care more cost-effective, accessible, focused on prevention, and oriented to the needs of society as a whole and to individual patients and their families.

Learning a health profession is a very costly proposition, which is why the Woodruff Health Sciences Center invested 23.1% of its tuition income in financial aid for students last year. For fiscal year 2009-2010, this amount totaled $15.1 million.

Emory Healthcare invests millions each year in the WHSC’s teaching and research missions, including $83.1 million in fiscal year 2009–2010.


By the numbers:

Emory students and trainees in health sciences:


Emory School of Medicine


• 522 medical students, including 73 MD/PhD students; 581 postdoctoral fellows

• 1,156 residents and fellows

• 466 students in health profession training, such as physical therapy and physician assistant programs


Rollins School of Public Health


• 925 master’s students, 123 PhD students, and 17 postdoctoral fellows


Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing


• 256 BSN, 200 master’s, 18 PhD students


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