Histories of Academic Units, Centers & Institutes
The Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) was established in 1999 after receiving original 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 Texas A&M Health Science Center has continued to evolve and grow. It received full 10-year accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 2003, and is up for accreditation again in 2012.
- 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.