The mission of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, also called UT Health San Antonio, is to make lives better through excellence in education, research, health care and community engagement. Strategies for achieving this mission are: educating a diverse student body to become excellent health care providers and scientists; engaging in research to understand health and disease; commercializing discoveries, as appropriate, to benefit the public; providing compassionate and culturally proficient health care; engaging our community to improve health; and influencing thoughtful advances in health policy.
Approved by The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on April 25, 2012 and reaffirmed by The University of Texas System Board of Regents at the February 23-24, 2022 Board meeting.
To be a world-class academic health center transforming health and health care for a diverse society.
Accountability: We are committed to responsible and transparent stewardship of university resources.
Diversity: We strive for inclusivity across the university.
Excellence: We continue to strive for excellence through creativity, innovation and dedication.
Innovation: We discover, create, develop and measure new, exciting and effective methods of education or pedagogy, research and clinical care.
Integrity: We are truthful, equitable and committed to intellectual honesty.
Professionalism: We will maintain the highest standards of professionalism through ethical behavior, life-long learning and respect for all members of the university.
Teamwork and Collaboration: We support each other and promote interprofessional collaboration.
Tradition: We learn from our history, create an optimistic future and promote the unique nature of the health science center environment.
Our Strategic Vision
UT Health San Antonio timeline
- 1959 – Texas Legislature passed enabling legislation (House Bill 9) authorizing/establishing the South Texas Medical School (now the Long School of Medicine of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, now dba UT Health San Antonio).
- 1966 – First class of 15 students is admitted to the School of Medicine, temporarily housed at Trinity University.
- 1967 – Texas Legislature changes the name from the South Texas Medical School to The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio (now the Long School of Medicine of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, now dba UT Health San Antonio).
- 1968 – The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio and Bexar County Teaching Hospital (now University Hospital) are dedicated.
- 1969 – Texas Legislature authorizes creation of the Dental School (now The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry).
- 1969 – Texas Legislature authorizes UT System School of Nursing branch in San Antonio.
- 1969 – The first full class of medical students that attended classes all four years at the San Antonio campus begins classes in September. This class becomes the Medical School’s 1973 Graduating Class.
- 1969 – Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is created.
- 1972 – Institution’s name changed to The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
- 1976 – School of Allied Health Sciences (now School of Health Professions) is created.
- 1976 – School of Nursing formally becomes part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, now dba UT Health San Antonio.