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A Center of Excellence and Healing

Situated on a 20-acre campus in Northern Manhattan and accounting for roughly half of Columbia University's nearly $3 billion annual budget, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) provides global leadership in scientific research, health and medical education, and patient care.

CUMC’s major teaching hospital affiliates are NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, both of which share the CUMC campus. The medical center also has academic affiliations with the Harlem Hospital Medical Center, operated by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation; Bassett Healthcare, in Cooperstown, NY; St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center, in New York City; the Isabella Geriatric Center, in New York City; and Arnot Ogden Medical Center, in Elmira, NY. Columbia’s faculty practice is ColumbiaDoctors.

CUMC plays a leading role in global health issues, in particular, capacity building. About 30 percent of P&S students participate in international programs, and almost 50 percent of third-year dental students participate in the school’s global health externships. The nursing school has research and teaching partnerships with schools and clinics in Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, and Taiwan. Mailman School of Public Health has programs in more than 100 countries across the globe.

P&S, founded in 1767, was the first school to award the MD degree (in 1770), and its legacy of innovation continues. Major curriculum changes implemented in 2009 reflect the changing practice of medicine in the 21st century. The new Bassett Track trains students for primary care work in rural environments. P&S is one of the most research-intensive medical schools, and its students’ MCAT scores and grade-point averages are among the highest in the country.

The College of Dental Medicine (CDM) was founded in 1916. Nearly 20 percent of dental school applications go to Columbia, which has one of the highest national Dental Admission Test (DAT) averages. Dental faculty and students collaborate with colleagues from a wide range of disciplines at CUMC and around the world, incorporating clinical, research, and public policy approaches to oral health issues. The CDM is also the largest provider of primary and specialty oral health care in the Northern Manhattan communities of Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood.

Columbia University School of Nursing was founded in 1892. It was the first to award a master’s degree in a clinical nursing specialty, in 1956, and its nurse-midwifery program celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2005. The school offers the combined bachelor/master of science, a variety of master’s degrees, doctor of nursing practice (DNP), PhD, and joint degrees in nursing/public health and nursing/business. Research centers at the school are the Center for Children and Families, the Center for Evidence-Based Practice in the Underserved, the Center for Health Policy, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research to Prevent Infections.

Mailman School of Public Health, founded in 1922, has programs in more than 100 countries and is a leader in HIV/AIDS, public mental health, environmental health, global health, and urban health. Nearly 40 percent of Mailman’s full-time faculty hold joint or interdisciplinary appointments in other Columbia University departments, schools, and centers. The school’s 20 research centers include the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment, the Center for Infection and Immunity, and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness.

CUMC is especially proud of its relationship with the surrounding Washington Heights community, many of whose members have roots in the Dominican Republic and other Spanish-speaking countries. CUMC’s Office of Government and Community Affairs serves as the primary liaison between the Medical Center and the community. Currently, CUMC has more than 40 active research and clinical programs in Northern Manhattan, including Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood.