Academic Health Center: Overview

The University of Florida Academic Health Center is the country’s only academic health center with six health-related colleges located on a single, contiguous campus. Our colleges, major research centers and institutes and clinical enterprise focus on building collaborative specialized clinical services centered on quality and innovation. 

Our vision as a preeminent academic health center is to optimize our collective expertise to improve patient care, education, discovery and the health of the community. Our success is predicated on research-based, multidisciplinary, cross-college programs. The colleges teach the full continuum of higher education from undergraduates to professional students to advanced post-doctoral students.

The academic health center is also a world leader in interdisciplinary research, generating 52 percent of UF’s total research awards. Seven major health-related research centers and institutes are designed to create synergies and collaborative research opportunities. Research activities reflect a depth of purpose by focusing on the translational nature of biomedical research, following the continuum from fundamental research to clinical research to patient care.

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Affairs includes several administrative units that provide leadership and support to all HSC colleges, centers and institutes. Among these are Academic and Administrative Affairs, Finance and Planning, HSC Libraries, Information Services & Technology and the Student Health Care Center. The HSC includes two primary campuses in Gainesville and Jacksonville as well as numerous educational, clinical and research affiliates across the state.

Select Initiatives

  • The University of Florida Cancer and Genetics Research Building adds to Florida’s biotechnology efforts and is a prototype for interdisciplinary research. The 280,000-square-foot facility houses the UF Genetics Institute, the UF Health Shands Cancer Center, the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research and the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory.
  • The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute (UFHPTI), located at UF Health Jacksonville, opened and treated its first patient in August 2006. UFHPTI is a 98,000-square-foot facility providing conventional radiation cancer treatment and proton therapy. UFHPTI includes clinics for the pre- and post-therapy and on-treatment evaluation of cancer patients, planning suites, an infusion and anesthesia suite, psychosocial and dietary services, a research office and faculty offices. At capacity, the facility can treat up to 200 patients.
  • The UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital  opened November 1, 2009, and supports the academic medical services offered by Shands and UF. The new hospital houses 192 private inpatient beds for a variety of patients, including those receiving diagnostic and therapeutic oncology services. In addition, the UF Health emergency department and trauma unit and a critical care center for emergency- and trauma-related services are located there.
  • The newly opened University of Florida Biomedical Sciences Building serves as a center for animal research into genetics and cancer. The $85 million facility opened in September 2009.