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Applications to the University of Utah School of Medicine’s M.D. program have nearly tripled in the last three years. Considering the school’s clinical and campus resources, along with Salt Lake City’s incredible lifestyle benefits, such massive growth isn’t so surprising. “The U’s” distinction as the best-kept secret in medical and nursing education is quickly being uncovered.

The College of Nursing enjoys similar distinction as a “destination” school for graduate and undergraduate nursing programs The same can be said for the University’s programs in dentistry, pharmacy and other health disciplines.


With a clinical footprint covering nearly 10% of the U.S., students at the University of Utah enjoy uncommonly broad access to a variety of health care settings. Urban, rural and even frontier populations offer unrivaled diversity of clinical experience.

Co-location with University of Utah Hospital and the U’s health system gives medical and nursing students deep clinical exposure from day one. It also provides opportunities to participate in pioneering efforts in health care value and quality, two of the University’s hallmarks. In fact, Vizient recently ranked University of Utah Health Care #1 in quality, safety and accountability among all university hospitals nationwide.

University of Utah Health Care is the only university health system in the Mountain West, handling 1.7M+ annual patient visits. More than 5,000 practicing clinicians and nurses staff its four hospitals—University Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Institute, the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute and the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center—the Clinical Neurosciences Center and 12 community clinics. University of Utah physicians also support a joint on-campus venture with the Intermountain Healthcare-operated Primary Children’s Hospital.

University of Utah Hospital includes a Level 1 trauma center and the region’s only burn center. It is equipped to treat any patient with high-quality, high-value, cutting-edge care extending across the entire continuum, from birth through end of life.


Students at the U receive regular exposure to research. The University is known for expertise in genetics, cancer, biomedical informatics, neuroscience and infectious disease. As stewards of the world’s largest collection of multigenerational pedigrees tied to health information, the U is advancing a new era of precision medicine and population health through its Utah Genome Project (UGP).

UGP is a large-scale genome sequencing and analysis initiative pooling faculty expertise, genetics resources and leading-edge computational technologies. Together with public and private partners, UGP is uncovering the molecular basis of disease. Medical students are part of this effort, helping advance prevention, diagnosis and treatment of these conditions.


Overall, the School of Medicine ranks in the top 50 of U.S. medical schools and offers the #5-ranked Physician Assistant program. Along with a traditional M.D. degree, combined degrees like M.D.-Ph.D., M.D.-MPH and M.D.-MBA are also available.

The U prepares students for the future of health care. The School of Medicine houses 16 clinical departments, six basic science departments and ranks #3 among all medical schools in faculty resources. The #26-ranked College of Nursing offers the #7-ranked Informatics and #10-ranked Nurse Midwifery programs. It is #2 nationwide for NIH research funding.


Considered together, clinical excellence and access; innovative efforts for continuous improvement; and strength in research for the future of medicine make for a unique educational environment. But imagine earning your degree at one of the most scenic and advanced college campuses in the world.

Perched on the foothills of the incredible Wasatch Mountains, the University of Utah campus overlooks Salt Lake City. Right from campus, students can access hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails. The deeply powdered slopes of 11 ski resorts lie within an hour of campus. Five national parks, 43 state parks, 120+ golf courses, a vibrant downtown scene and affordable living complete the picture.

Considering all this, there’s no more desirable place for a medical or nursing education than the University of Utah.

Salt Lake City, UT