Histories of Academic Units, Centers & Institutes
The Texas A&M Health Science Center was established in 1999 following approval from the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents in September 1997. Created to consolidate major health-related elements within the Texas A&M University System, the TAMHSC serves the people of Texas through a statewide and multidisciplinary approach to community health. Original units in the consolidation included the Texas A&M University College of Medicine, Baylor College of Dentistry, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology, and the then-proposed School of Rural Public Health and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (now School of Graduate Studies).
Since then, the health science center has continued to evolve and grow, adding college of pharmacy and nursing. It received full 10-year accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 2003 and received reaffirmation of that accreditation in December 2012. In July 2013, the health science center became a unit of Texas A&M University following Board of Regents and regulatory approvals of the realignment.
- Texas A&M Health Science Center established
- Coastal Bend Health Education Center (CBHEC) established to provide community-based educational opportunities, including the popular diabetes education program.
- HSC receives full accreditation
- Rural and Community Health Institute (RCHI) formed
- South Texas Center (now called McAllen Campus) opens to join and complement School of Rural Public Health's existing programs.
- Located on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus, the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy joins HSC.
- National Center for Emergency Medical Preparedness and Response (NCEMPR) established to provide training and technical support for the health sector in disaster response and recovery.