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In January 1958, the University of Florida’s Board of Control approved the establishment of the College of Health Related Services. It was the first college of health professions located within an academic health center. The model was soon recognized nationwide and within 15 years, 70 similar schools of health professions had been established. In the decades that followed, the college logged numerous other “firsts” in education, research and service at the state, regional, national and international levels.

The college is now home to 20 degree programs, more than 2,300 students and more than 300 faculty and staff members across eight departments. In the past decade, research funding has increased more than 300 percent from $13 million in 2007 to $45 million in 2017.

We invite you to join us in a yearlong celebration of the college’s 60th anniversary and the many contributions the College of Public Health and Health Professions has made to the health and well-being of individuals, communities and populations.


Historical highlights