Established in 2006, the UCF College of Medicine is one of the first U.S. medical schools in decades to be built from the ground up. As a new medical school, UCF’s program epitomizes innovation, high-tech learning tools and a pioneering spirit to educate young doctors and scientists in a new and better way for the 21st century. In 2013, the M.D. program enrolled its fifth class, and its first at full enrollment of 120 students.

That means enrollment has increased nine-fold in just five years. By the 2016-2017 school year, the college will be educating 480 physicians-in-training a year. The College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences is training approximately 2,400 undergraduate majors in the biomedical sciences: Biotechnology, Medical Laboratory Sciences, and Molecular Biology and Microbiology. The school also offers master’s degrees in Molecular Biology and Microbiology and Biotechnology as well as doctoral degree in Biomedical Science. The UCF College of Medicine is a forward-looking medical school with a culture based on partnerships and collaboration.

The college’s medical and biomedical programs capitalize on UCF’s existing strengths in biological sciences, modeling and simulation, engineering, optics and photonics, psychology, chemistry, film and digital media, business, and nursing. About the Harmony Translational Health Study, UCF College of Medicine Dean Dr. German said the possibilities for research with the Harmony grant "are as infinite as our imaginations. We are going to study how a living environment can impact our lives, increase our longevity and decrease disease."


The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, an academic medical center founded in 1952, is proud to serve South Florida, South America and the Caribbean in education, research, patient care and community service. The founders of the Miller School of Medicine were true visionaries. They anticipated the tremendous need for excellent medical care within our community and set into motion a plan for the facility that now has more than 1 million patient encounters annually.

The Department of Public Health Sciences (formerly the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health) is actively working internationally, nationally and locally to promote health and reduce the burden of disease. Its faculty maintains active research programs focusing on drug and alcohol abuse, HIV, cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and other illnesses that threaten the health of our city, our state, our nation, and the world. Its mission is three-fold: research, education, and service. They develop and apply cutting-edge research and theory, produce highly trained graduates, and disseminate knowledge to the public, local, state, and federal agencies and governments in South Florida and beyond. Through innovative public health research, the faculty investigates determinants of different disease, as well as effective prevention and intervention strategies that will ultimately advance population health through training and dissemination of ground breaking discoveries.

About the Harmony Translational Health Study, UM Miller School of Medicine Dean Pascal Goldschmidt described how the gift had created a unique partnership between a new and an established Florida medical school that could have far-reaching implications for living healthfully in a fast-changing, high-stress world. "With the combined forces of our two institutions, we will be able to compete with all the research institutions in the country and do work that is landmark," he said.