Preparing the next generation

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The Woodruff Health Sciences Center invested 21.4% of tuition income last year in student financial aid, an amount totaling $17.3 million.

Faced with a nationwide and worldwide shortage of health professionals, Emory’s schools of medicine, nursing, and public health have steadily expanded their training programs over the past several years.


But this effort is not just about numbers—it’s about producing leaders prepared to respond to ever-changing economic and social challenges. Several new interdisciplinary PhD programs, for example, are giving students new tools for solving problems in new ways. Faculty from medicine and public health are collaborating with those in math and computational science to offer a new PhD in biomedical informatics, a field of study using computer technology to analyze and interpret vast sums of data that is changing how medicine is practiced. Public health also recently created a new doctoral program in environmental health sciences, in collaboration with Emory’s graduate school. And Winship Cancer Institute is partnering with the graduate school to offer a new PhD in cancer biology.

Public health enrolled a record number of students this year for the third year running, including 100 international students. Medicine graduated the first class of students to have embarked on a totally revised curriculum that debuted in 2007. And in nursing, the first group of students in an accelerated BSN/MSN program received their bachelor’s degree and began their master’s.

Training for health professions is a considerable commitment for students in both time and financial resources. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center invested 21.4% of its tuition income last year in financial aid for its students, an amount totaling $17.3 million.


By the numbers:

Emory students and trainees in health sciences:


Emory University School of Medicine


• 531 medical students, including 73 MD/PhD students; 620 postdoctoral fellows

• 1,192 residents and fellows

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


Rollins School of Public Health


• 967 master’s students, 137 PhD students, and 17 postdoctoral fellows


Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing


• 256 bachelor's, 212 master’s, 20 PhD students


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