Founded in 1876 as the Medical Department of Central Tennessee College of Nashville, Meharry Medical College is the country's largest private, independent historically African American academic health center. The college's goal is to strengthen the health care offered to minorities and inadequately-served communities.
Meharry, located in Nashville, TN and affiliated with the United Methodist Church, educates more than 786 students from 43 states and the District of Columbia, as well as from 22 foreign countries. The school also employs 218 full-time faculty members.
Students may enroll in Meharry's School of Medicine or the School of Dentistry, both admitting approximately 80 and 50 students each year, respectively. The School of Graduate Studies and Research is also offered at Meharry, awarding a variety of master's and doctoral degrees.
Meharry's students also complete research, focusing on brain and behavior, cancer, HIV/AIDS, obesity and diabetes, injury prevention and women's health.
In addition, the college has been ranked as one of the nation's top producers of primary care physicians by a study from the Annals of Internal Medicine, and is consistently named a leading national educator of African Americans with degrees in medicine and dentistry, as well as with Ph.D. degrees, by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.