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Examine Infinite Possibilities

An education from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine prepares students to tackle all major challenges of 21st Century patient care. 

Interprofessional and collaborative work are essential to team-based patient care, and they are cornerstones our curriculum. We are one of few universities nationwide that offer a School of Medicine, School of Health Professions and School of Nursing under one expansive roof, making interdisciplinary learning not only possible, but encouraged.


Founded in 1969, the TTUHSC School of Medicine has continually worked to address the shortage of physicians in West Texas by providing quality, innovative educational opportunities to medical students and residents who serve as competent and compassionate medical professionals for the region and the state of Texas. The medical education program emphasizes the principles of primary care and provides sound inter-disciplinary and inter-professional training that integrates basic sciences knowledge, clinical skill, diversity, and a humanistic approach focusing on high standards and comprehensive evaluation. The school's medical practice, Texas Tech Physicians, strives to utilize state-of-the-art technology to effectively meet the growing needs of a diverse and largely rural patient population through strong partnerships with clinical affiliates. Principles of teamwork, humanistic care, and cost effectiveness are embedded into the practice of medicine. The research strategy of the school is to develop insights into the science of medicine, treatments, prevention, and cures, and enhanced methods for managing patient illness, with an emphasis on opportunities for medical student research. Centers of Excellence and Institutes work toward defined areas of excellence where contributions on a national level can be made.


To be known for excellence in teaching, patient care, and scientific contributions that enhance the health care of communities in the region.

A Look at Our History

40-Year Historical Display

In 2009, the TTUHSC School of Medicine celebrated 40 years since its creation by the 61st Texas Legislature. A variety of events were held to commemorate this anniversary, and a timeline was displayed to chronicle the school's history. The timeline display designed by Margaret Vugrin from the Preston Smith Library of Health Sciences and Tim Hayes with the School of Medicine, Office of the Dean, received a 2010 Gold Addy Award from the Lubbock Advertising Federation. To view our history by decade, click HERE.

Rising up from a cotton field...

In 1974 construction began on the Texas Tech University School of Medicine. One of the largest buildings in Lubbock with over one million square feet of space, the complex initially housed the medical school in Pod A (now referred to as the East Wing) and the Health Sciences Center Hospital (now University Medical Center). The institution was designated in 1979 as the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center by the Texas Legislature.

 TTUHSC Construction Northeast View Northeast view of construction

 TTUHSC Construction Northwest View Northwest view of construction

TTUHSC Construction Southwest View Southwest view of construction

TTUHSC Construction Southeast View Southeast view of construction

When I drive by that building, I look at it and reflect on what happened. I just shake my head in utter disbelief that we were ever able to accomplish it.

Dr. Grover Murray

President of Texas Tech University 1966-1976


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