Rutgers educates top-flight health care professionals, conducts research that produces greater understanding of the science of human health, serves the health care needs of millions, and informs health care practice and policy.
Health Sciences Overview
Education, Research, and Care
Rutgers University is one of the nation’s largest, most comprehensive university-based centers for studying the health sciences and improving health care.
More than 7,900 students enroll in the eight professional schools that operate under the umbrella of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences—among them New Jersey’s two oldest and largest medical schools, only school of dental medicine, and oldest and most esteemed school of pharmacy. Thousands more enroll in other professional schools that focus directly on health or offer programs with a strong health component. In addition, schools of the arts and sciences and life sciences explore underlying scientific, social, political, and other aspects of health and health care.
At a comprehensive research university such as Rutgers, the latest advances in education and discovery inform patient care. Our practitioners, scientists, and researchers find solutions and share breakthroughs that make a difference right now and lay the groundwork for the next big thing.
Clinical trials are scientific research studies that engage patients and seek better ways to treat or prevent diseases. Our clinical trials—about 350 are ongoing at any given time—involve hundreds of researchers and thousands of patients. Clinical trials and translational research are available only through university-based, research-intensive health care providers such as Rutgers.
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is New Jersey’s premier, university-based provider of patient care. Our faculty medical and dental practices, community-focused clinics, leading institutes, and behavioral health care centers throughout the state are ready to serve you with compassionate care.
A Leader in Health Sciences in New Jersey
A key component of Rutgers University is Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences—our powerhouse multicampus academic, health, and patient services division. Formed as a result of the 2012 New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act, this division comprises
- eight schools and their attendant centers, institutes, and patient care facilities;
- New Jersey’s leading comprehensive cancer center;
- New Jersey largest behavioral health care network; and
- numerous additional centers, institutes, and patient care facilities.
These units are situated across Rutgers University–New Brunswick, the Rutgers Health Sciences at Newark site, Rutgers University–Newark, and additional locations in New Jersey. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences works with many other academic, research, and clinical units both at Rutgers and throughout the region.
Cancer Institute of New Jersey
As New Jersey's only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is dedicated to improving the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer through the transformation of laboratory discoveries into clinical practice.