Populating the health professions

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The Woodruff Health Sciences Center invested 22.8% of its tuition income last year in financial aid for its students, an amount totaling $23 million.

Training tomorrow’s health professionals requires creative and ongoing response to changing needs and dynamics:



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Charity care in Emory Healthcare 

• Emory University Hospital
• Emory University Hospital Midtown
• Emory Rehabilitation Hospital
• Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
• Emory Johns Creek Hospital
• Winship Cancer Institute

Emory at the Atlanta VA Medical Center

Serving locally and globally



Economic impact

Woodruff Health Sciences Center components

Emory School of Medicine, for example, perpetually scrutinizes its curriculum with an eye toward educating not just the most knowledgeable but the most compassionate clinicians, who can lead and implement measures to improve effectiveness and value of care. The school has implemented seminars for students and faculty that have been shown scientifically to enhance compassion and listening skills and is increasing opportunities for learning in interprofessional teams, both in simulated and real clinical settings.

Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is one of 25 schools nationwide with a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to increase the number of nurses holding PhDs. This initiative is in response to recent Institute of Medicine recommendations that the country double the number of nurses with doctorates, to address a shortage of nursing faculty and increase opportunities for nursing research.

Faculty in the Rollins School of Public Health recently co-directed a Coursera course, “Ebola: An Evolving Epidemic,” which is useful to those interested in working or doing research in this area. The course discusses the state of global public health prior to the 2014 epidemic, the etiology of Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers, and the epidemiology of the 2014 epidemic. Offered initially last spring, the cost-free course remains online at coursera.org/learn/ebola-virus.

Emory Healthcare is a major supporter of teaching and research endeavors in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, providing $81.3 million in funds for these missions in fiscal year 2014-2015.


Students and trainees in health sciences:


Emory University School of Medicine


• 562 medical students, including 91 MD/PhD students

• 1,238 residents and fellows

• 524 students in allied health training, such as physical therapy and physician assistant programs


Rollins School of Public Health


• 1,131 master's students and 169 PhD students


Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing


• 322 bachelor's, 194 master's, 29 PhD students



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