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Mission & History


We prepare tomorrow’s leaders to preserve, protect, and improve the health of individuals, families and communities through education, investigation, practice and service.


The School of Health Sciences and Practice—which opened its doors in 1981 as the Graduate School of Health Sciences—embraces the founding principles of New York Medical College (NYMC) and shares pride in its past.

Founded in 1860 by poet William Cullen Bryant, NYMC has a long history of academic excellence and public service as well as an unwavering commitment to inclusion and diversity.  While much has changed at the College since the early days, NYMC’s tradition of progress and service has remained steadfast. The School of Health Sciences and Practice embraces these tenets and has enjoyed remarkable growth and development since its inception.