Healthcare

UVA is committed to healthcare excellence. As the healthcare landscape constantly evolves, UVA students are being trained to confront some of the most challenging business, policy, and scientific related challenges in and out of the classroom. The University's diverse curriculum prepares students to develop innovative solutions to the world’s most critical healthcare problems while providing tools for students to become future leaders in the field.    

Whether your organization is looking for data scientists, informaticists, policy researchers, or laboratory scientists, UVA is training students through a wide-array of programs and courses.

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Student Demographics

1 in 5 students reporting an employment outcome upon graduation were planning to work in Healthcare (as reported in UVA's '15-16 SOAR Outcomes Report)

1 in 4 students pursuing employment upon graduation declared interested in a career in a Healthcare related discipline (as reported in UVA's SOAR Outcomes Report)

Undergraduate Enrollment by Major (2015)

  • Biology- 604
  • Chemistry- 208
  • Physics- 110

Students Graduating by Major (2015-16)

  • Biology- 272
  • Chemistry- 91
  • Physics- 54
  • Biomedical Engineering- 89

Rankings and Data Points

According to the online publication “The 50 Best Colleges in America,” published Aug. 22, UVA ranks No. 9 in the nation and No. 1 among all public universities. The criteria: high-quality education, on-time graduation rates, early-career earnings and “a memorable and enjoyable campus experience that instills pride and loyalty for decades to come.”

Business Insider based its rankings largely on government-compiled data, with a heavy emphasis on early-career earnings and graduation rates. Also included was a measure of student experience compiled by Niche, an education research firm.

U.S. News and World Report Rankings

  • No. 2 public university in the country
  • No. 24 among the 310 "national universities"
  • No. 5 public university best value
  • No. 25 most innovative school
  • No. 1 among public universities in first-year retention and 2015 graduation rate 

School Rankings

The School of Engineering and Applied Science ranks No. 21 among public schools that offer a doctoral degree and ties for No. 32 overall

Average GPA by School (2015) 

  • Arts and Sciences- 3.296 (10,291 students) 
  • Engineering- 3.285 (2,577 students) 

Curriculum

Batten Center for Health Policy

The Center for Health Policy is a joint program of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. The mission of the Center is to conduct rigorous, non-ideological, non-partisan, evidence-based research on problems of the health of the public and the most effective and efficient means of addressing them, to educate the next generation of those who will study, teach and influence policy and to inform debate and influence decisions on health policy, both in the United States and abroad.

Global Studies

The Global Studies program contains a Global Public Health track that explores the complex cultural, social, political, economic, and environmental conditions, factors and pathways that affect health, health care, access, and quality of life around the world.

The track requires four core classes in Global Studies, which are: 

  • Global History
  • Global Humanities
  • Global Cultures
  • Global Diagnostics

Other highlighted courses from the curriculum include: 

  • Fundamentals of Public Health
  • Global Public Health: Challenges & Innovations
  • Public Health Policy 
  • Capstone Seminar

School of Medicine

The Division of Biomedical Informatics in the Department of Public Health Sciences conducts original research and teaching to advance the field of health informatics, and provides key collaborations, consultations and services in informatics to support the academic, research and healthcare missions of the School of Medicine and the University of Virginia Health System. The faculty and technical staff of the Division are currently pursuing work in several key areas within the overall mission of the Division:

  • Original research in health informatics, with a particular focus on clinical systems, healthcare process improvement, population studies and community/consumer education.
  • Development and management of the Clinical Data Repository a large-scale integrated database of clinical and population data optimized for research.
  • Teaching health informatics principles, tools and techniques appropriately targeted to trainees at multiple levels so that they will become leaders in and contributors to the optimal application of health informatics techniques in healthcare and research.

The Division of Patient Outcomes, Policy & Population Research focuses on teaching, research, and interventions in clinical and population health practice. The division provides a unique home for those interested in multidisciplinary approaches to health services research and addressing the health needs of populations. The Division of Patient Outcomes, Policy & Epidemiologic Research is comprised both of faculty members with primary appointments in the division and others with secondary appointments who are based in departments and schools across the University and in public health agencies in the community.

Public Health

The Master of Public Health Program at the University of Virginia offers an individualized and interdisciplinary experience that focuses on the competencies professionals need to improve the health of communities and individuals. The curriculum provides graduate professional training in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies; health policy, law and ethics; and translational and community-based research; and community engagement strategies.

Students choose one of two concentrations:  Research in Practice or Health Policy, Law & Ethics. Core courses, as well as other concentration-specific elective courses and program experiences, provide students with the opportunity to acquire the foundational public health knowledge and foundational competencies required of all accredited MPH programs.

Some highlighted courses from the curriculum include: 

  • Public Health Law, Ethics and Policy
  • Health Care Policy and Management 
  • Management and Quality in Health Organizations
  • Environmental Health: Principles and Practices
  • Health Promotion and Behavior

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering's innovative research programs span basic to translational research. Historical strength in cardiovascular science and medical imaging is prominent, with deeply rooted partnerships in the Cardiovascular Research Center, Cancer Center, and Department of Radiology. Collaboration across the Schools of Medicine and Engineering likewise drive more recent research excellence in computational systems biology, tissue engineering, and cell and molecular engineering.

The undergraduate program merges human biology with laboratory and clinical perspectives, a solid engineering education with depth in a complementary field, and product and experimental design throughout all four years.

Some highlighted courses from the curriculum include: 

  • Computational Biomedical Engineering 
  • Biomedical Engineering Design and Discovery 
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Systems Analysis and Design 
  • Capstone Design 

Business

Darden School of Business Executive Education and UVA School of Nursing have partnered to establish a new six-month program, Leadership Partners in Healthcare Management , for physician-nurse pairs to hone their interprofessional teamwork and leadership skills. Two-person dyads are nominated by their organization's senior leaders to be part of this new Darden/UVA School of Nursing program. They meet every four weeks, cultivating a more robust concept of roles, respect, professionalism and communication skills to increase their clinical harmony, professional and personal resiliency, as well as reduce burnout, frustration and turnover. Most importantly, the classes - taught by UVA and Darden's best veteran nursing and business faculty - will improve the safety, quality and compassionate delivery of patient care. And because better, more coordinated care costs less and is more efficient, the bottom line improves as well.

Health Sciences Management

The online Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management (BPHM) degree prepares individuals with technical backgrounds in emergency medical services, health information management, medical laboratory technology, occupational and physical therapy assistant, radiography, respiratory therapy, and sonography and other eligible allied healthcare fields to assume entry-level roles in health care management and leadership.

Students will earn 60 transferable credits for the degree within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) or other comparable system and complete their remaining credits at the University of Virginia as third- and fourth-year students. 

Some highlighted courses from the curriculum include: 

  • Introduction to Health Care Management 
  • Legal and Ethical Decision-Making in Health Care 
  • American Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities 
  • Public Health: Populations, Policy and Epidemiology 

Innovative Heathcare Related Research Initiatives and Programs

  • UVA Health Foundation- The UVA Health Foundation was created in 2002. The Foundation works to advance the mission of UVA Health System through: resource development, financial stewardship, and advocacy among donor constituencies. Donors and volunteer leaders are vital partners in helping ensure the growth and future success of patient care, education and research programs.
  • UVA-Coulter Research Partnership- The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation has awarded the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia one of nine $4.5M Translational Research Partnership Awards in Biomedical Engineering. The task facing the department is twofold: support research projects that are explicitly translational in nature, and in the process, test and validate models of translational research that can be widely adopted.
  • Wireless Health at UVA- Wireless Health is an emerging field that seeks to infuse wireless technologies in healthcare and medical research with the goals of improving patient care and quality of life while reducing healthcare costs. Efforts in this field are necessarily interdisciplinary, bringing together engineers with doctors, nurses, psychologists, medical researchers, caretakers, family members, and patients themselves. The UVA Center for Wireless Health was established in 2009 to coordinate research efforts in this area across the University and with collaborators at other institutions. Ongoing projects include in-home sensors for identifying signs of depression, body-worn sensors for fall risk assessment, and an artificial pancreas that combines blood glucose sensing and insulin pumping for Type I diabetics. All of the Center’s projects include the use of novel wireless technologies to collect data on real patients. The results and experiences from these deployments inform the engineering research that yields subsequent technology generations and enables additional medical applications.
  • UVA Center for Appreciative Practice- The UVA Center for Appreciative Practice was created jointly by the UVA School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Medical Center, and University Physicians Group, to build a collaborative culture that is “moving as one”. Since its inception, the Center has worked with many groups across the Health System to facilitate improvements in clinical care, education, and interprofessional communication.
  • Healthcare Symposium: Health Reform Where Are We, Where Are We Going?-"Approximately nine out of 10 Americans now have health insurance, more than at any other time in history, but millions remain uninsured, quality is uneven, costs are high and trending upward and Medicare’s insolvency is two years closer, now projected to be in 2028. So the challenge is, how can we make the best health care in the world accessible and affordable to those who need it while not reducing quality, raising costs, or imposing a regulatory burden that stifles innovation?" Read more here. 
  • The Genetic Revolution: What Government Oversight?- "The genetic revolution has seen extraordinary innovation recently, including the development of low cost and very precise genome editing tools and “gene drives” that could assure that genetically engineered organisms transmit desired traits to all of their offspring, even when the other parent lacks such traits. These tools are leading to development of transformational new products—such as genetically engineered mosquitos that could in principle eliminate malaria, which each year kills more than 400,000 people globally. Also under development are products that could control Lyme disease without pesticides, control insect- and tick-borne livestock disease in developing countries, reduce or eliminate shortages of organs for human transplantation by designing pigs suitable for supplying such organs, and help restore threatened and endangered species." Read more here. 
  • Health Disparities in Virginia- "In Virginia, as in many other states, health disparities exist among racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic groups. The burden of illness, disability and premature death disproportionately affects certain populations, with some groups enjoying better health and access to healthcare services than others. What factors account for health disparities in Virginia, and what solutions might help mitigate them?  This panel brings together physicians and health policy experts to discuss the ethical, legal, medical and social implications of health inequities in Virginia—past, present and future. Co-sponsored by the Miller Center at UVA." More information here. 

Top Employers

Some employers of our alums include:

  • UVA Health System
  • Inova Health
  • Epic Systems
  • PRA Health Sciences
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • NIH
  • Merck

Student Experiences

Contracted Independent Organizations (CIOs)

There are nearly 1,000 different student organizations at the University of Virginia. Among them include these specifically related to healthcare: 

  • Healthcare Club (Darden)- Healthcare Club is a student run organization that is dedicated to patients by promoting awareness of issues and opportunities in health related fields. HCC achieves its mission by closely partnering with both academia and industry to: sponsor education and speaker programs focused on all aspects of the health care industry; provide information about career opportunities in health care; and  join with communities and patients in supporting health related causes.

  • Global Public Health Brigades- The Global Public Health Brigades' mission  is to provide volunteers with the opportunity to make a tangible impact on rural Honduran communities while gaining real life experiences in the fields of public health and international development. Working alongside community members, volunteers spend a week implementing four public health construction projects (latrines, hygiene units, concrete floors, water storage units) within the homes of families. After finishing the projects, volunteers also conduct educational workshops for the adults and the children of the community. 
  • American Red Cross Club at the University of Virginia- This organization promotes the American Red Cross and its goals throughout the University community through programs such as fundraisers, blood drives, veterans services, and CPR classes.
  • Cavalier XFit- Cavalier XFit is an organization that promotes CrossFit's strength & conditioning programming and nutrition principles by holding supervised group workouts. Its goals are to improve functional fitness while providing a forum for friendly competition.
  • UVA Center for Global Health- The Center for Global Health promotes health in resource-limited settings by fostering the commitment of students, faculty and partners from many disciplines to address the diseases of poverty. 
  • Elson Student Health Center- The Elson Student Health Center is a fully accredited health care facility that provides  high quality, confidential health care. Its goals are to help maintain health through education and prevention and to restore health when necessary by treatment of illness, injury, or stress.
  • Global Medical Dental Brigades- The mission of the Global Medical Dental Brigades is to provide a holistic model for sustainable health care in underserved villages with limited access to medicine by conducting a preliminary needs assessment, treating patients to the highest ethical standards, sponsoring referrals to those with needs beyond its capability, recording data for the production of quantitative reports, and working to improve water, sanitation, and economic infrastructures.
  • GlobeMed at the University of Virginia- Globemed at UVA is partnered with BFT in Cambodia in an effort to help children and orphans outside Siem Reap. The chapter and partner collaborate on projects and fundraising, a global health curriculum on campus, and onsite work trips by students.
  • Health Law Association at UVA- The Health Law Association is open to all law, LL.M., medical, graduate and undergraduate students. Its purposes are to explain what health law is, to give students a better view of the different areas of health law, to introduce types of available classes and to promote a healthy environment. The group sponsors many speakers and seminars in the health law field throughout the year and organizes social activities with medical and other graduate students. Association members also participate in pro bono activities with the UVA Medical Center.
  • Health Occupations Students of America- The purpose of the HOSA organization is to develop leadership and technical HOSA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.
  • Health UnBound (HUB)- Health UnBound promotes medical entrepreneurship and innovation on Grounds and beyond. 
  • Hoos Healthcare Application and Policy Education (Hoos HAP-E)- Hoos HAP-E is a student organization focused on promoting Healthcare Education in the UVA community, the Charlottesville community and beyond. The organization promotes knowledge and practical use of healthcare education and issues by discussion.
  • Madison House- For nearly 50 years, Madison House has coordinated volunteers, developed student leaders, built community partnerships and promoted lifelong volunteer service. Madison House organizes service programs to address the needs of the community, as well as personal growth objectives of students.
  • MEDLIFE at UVA- MEDLIFE is a secular, volunteer-run global health organization whose mission is to help families achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty, empowering them to live healthier lives.
  • Peer Health Educators (PHEs)- Peer Health Educators are UVA students who are trained to educate their classmates about college health and wellness issues in a positive, interactive, fun and nonjudgmental manner. 
  • Project Peanut Butter at UVA- Project Peanut Butter at UVA is in partnership with the international organization, Project Peanut Butter. PPB focuses on innovatively addressing child malnourishment as well as other global public health issues.
  • Women in Medicine Initiatives (WIMI)- Women in Medicine Initiatives is a peer mentoring group for pre-med women. Doctors, medical school faculty, nutritionists, research faculty and more speak at meetings about the path to their career and offer advice to students.

Student Research

The following are examples of past research opportunities provided to students through the Center for Undergraduate Excellence:

  • Health for America Fellowship- Health for America is a nonprofit organization creating solutions to improve the lives of people living with chronic disease. It funds the Health for America Fellowship, a yearlong venture where young professionals immerse themselves in the healthcare system, find opportunities for impact, and build innovative solutions to America’s most pressing health challenges. Fellows travel across the country to attend medical conferences, study design thinking, and meet with startup founders. They work each day to build a solution that is effective, sustainable, and commercially viable, recording their experiences along the way.
  • UVA Minority Health & Health Disparities International Research Training- The UVa MHIRT Program provides outstanding students with the opportunity to participate in an intensive, international, mentored research experience that extends the analysis of global rural health disparities using an interdisciplinary approach to appreciate more completely the complexity of global rural health and disease. The program offers under-represented minority students intensive, mentored research training and professional development experience.

Capabilities and Skills

Health Policy

Both scholarly and skills-based, the program offers students an opportunity to explore policy interests through research with faculty. Students develop marketable skills:

  • Quantitative and financial skills — how to use statistics and develop and manage budgets
  • Research skills — learn how to use data and find meaningful results
  • Interpersonal skills — developed and honed through group work and team-based projects
  • Communication skills — both through exposure to professional writing and public speaking

Global Studies

Students explore fundamental global health burdens, determinants of health, and health measures from the perspective of different disciplines, including public health, anthropology, sociology, politics, history, and cultural studies.

Students explore basic global and public health approaches to understanding the cultural beliefs, political and social arrangements, and economic conditions that provide the important context for understanding and addressing global health issues.

Students are introduced to quantitative data analysis skills, including basic knowledge of research and evaluation methods, as well as qualitative analysis skills, including the capacity to undertake community-based research, public health interventions, and respectful community engagement. 

Students develop an appreciation of the roles of international institutions, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and global systems, including health systems and global networks that focus on particular diseases or conditions, such as HIV prevention and treatment, tuberculosis, or malnutrition and obesity.

Public Health

The nationally accredited Master of Public Health Program offers an individualized and interdisciplinary experience that focuses on the competencies professionals need to improve the health of communities and individuals.  The curriculum provides graduate professional training in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies; health policy, law and ethics; and translational and community-based research and community engagement strategies.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineers speak three languages: engineering, medicine, and life sciences. They have an in-depth understanding of living systems, technology, and regulatory affairs. They know how to work in diverse teams. On the job, they often serve a coordinating or interfacing function, even if their primary job is engineer, researcher, technical advisor, consultant, physician, manager, or entrepreneur. 

Continuing and Professional Studies

The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management degree prepares individuals with technical backgrounds in emergency medical services, health information management, medical laboratory technology, occupational and physical therapy assistant, radiography, respiratory therapy, and sonography and other eligible allied healthcare fields to assume entry-level roles in health care management and leadership.


How to Recruit

Employers in the healthcare space looking to recruit students have a variety of opportunities to engage.

The signature events are our annual job and internship fairs that occur every semester! The University of Virginia Job and Fairs are an opportunity for organizations and institutional members to meet with students from the university who are interested in data analytics careers. The programs consist of  panels, presentations, and exhibitor showcases. There are several opportunities for organizations and institutional members to participate in this event as a sponsor or as an exhibitor. This is the information from this year's event. 

In addition to the university-wide career fairs, we offer a Health Professions Job and Internship Fair during which students can meet with recruiters from top medical and health professional schools. More information can be found here. 

Engagement is not limited to these events, however. Organizations are encouraged to post their jobs and internships year round through our Handshake job portal. 

Handshake is UVA's online recruiting portal that allows you to:

  • Post jobs or internships
  • Register for Career Fairs
  • Manage your On-Grounds Interviewing
  • Advertise your presentations
  • and more!

Log in or register for Handshake here.