History of the KU School of Health Professions
Explore the evolution of allied health education at the University of Kansas School of Health Professions
As early as the 1930s, the University of Kansas offered a range of allied health programs under the School of Medicine at the KU Medical Center.
What we now know as the School of Health Professions was originally established in 1974 as the School of Allied Health. Several academic health care programs at KU Medical Center were organized under a single school, and that structure offered departments additional support and room for expansion.
In 2011, the school changed its name to the School of Health Professions to better reflect the wide array of health care professionals it educates.
Today, the school includes more than 25 health care fields of study within its eight academic departments. The school's study offerings include undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate, continuing education and post-professional programs, including several graduate programs nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report.
Throughout our long history, our ongoing mission, guided by our Board of Advocates, remains to serve the citizens of Kansas, the region, the nation and to develop tomorrow's leaders through exemplary education, research and service.
The school's annual enrollment approximates 700 students with more than 200 students graduating each year. Numerous clinical affiliation sites throughout the U.S. and abroad offer our students the opportunity to gain experience in rural, urban and international health care settings.
Take a look into the many academic programs available through the KU School of Health Professions: