Humana Will Gift $15 Million to UH for College of Medicine through Partnership

One of the main goals is forming physicians who are trained in primary care

The Health 2 serves as the temporary home to UH's College of Medicine.
The Health 2 serves as the temporary home to UH’s College of Medicine.

The University of Houston (UH) and Humana announced Tuesday a partnership by which the health care provider will gift the university $15 million over 10 years to help pay for the start-up and operational costs of UH's new College of Medicine.

UH and Humana detailed in a news release they will create the Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute at the University of Houston, which will unite the university's College of Medicine, as well as the existing colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work and Optometry.

The $15 million gift will also help fund endowed chairs for each of the five colleges.

UH President Renu Khator noted that the two organizations "have the unique opportunity to be innovative and synergistic in our approach and curriculum" and added that an integrated approach to health education "will make a life-changing difference in Houston and beyond."

One of the main goals of the collaboration between UH and Humana is to form physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals who are trained in population health, primary care and working with underserved communities.

Teaching opportunities

Additionally, the partnership aims to develop adjunct professorships and teaching opportunities for Humana experts, as well as internships and rotation programs, among other objectives.

"This is an investment in the future of our health care system, which depends on clinical leaders who understand concepts like population health, the importance of social determinants of health and the need to emphasize value over the volume of health care services provided," said Humana Chief Medical Officer Dr. Roy Beveridge.

Dr. Steve Spann is the founding dean of UH's College of Medicine.
Dr. Steve Spann is the founding dean of UH’s College of Medicine.

Dr. Steve Spann, founding Dean of the University of Houston College of Medicine, underscored that, because of UH's commitment to underserved communities, exposing medical students to real-world practices in population health, clinical quality and new payment models "will provide them with a tremendous opportunity to improve the health of our community."

The College of Medicine is scheduled to admit 30 students in its inaugural class pending approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Legislature, as well as accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

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