Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) is located in the historic South End of Boston and shares a campus with Boston Medical Center Hospital, the School of Public Health, the Goldman School of Dental Medicine, the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center, and the Boston Public Health Commission. This campus hosts approximately 700 medical students, along with 550 School of Public Health students, and nearly 1000 graduate students receiving master’s degrees and doctorates, as well as nearly 1800 full-time and part-time faculty members. Besides the 4-year MD program, there are a number of dual degree options and students may earn a combined MD/PhD, MD/MPH, or MD/MBA.
Boston University School of Medicine began as the New England Female Medical College, which opened in 1848 as the first institution in the world to offer medical education to women. In 1873, the college merged with Boston University, becoming the first coeducational medical school. Throughout its history BUSM has maintained a strong commitment to the study and practice of medicine in the context of a mission of service to society. In addition, BUSM is a major research institution, with over 600 funded research programs and more than 1,000 active clinical trials, providing an exceptional environment for students interested in basic science, clinical investigation, or public health and health services oriented research. Students may also participate in international health programs and a variety of professional and social service activities.
BUSM is distinguished by its programs in cardiovascular diseases, cancer, pulmonary disease, human genetics, dermatology, arthritis, geriatrics, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, public health, law and medicine, and medical ethics, among others. Boston University School of Medicine continues to provide the leadership for the Framingham Heart Study, the largest epidemiological study in the world. As a leading medical research institution, BUSM is ranked #30 in research and #41 in primary care in the 2021 US News and World Report rankings of the nation’s best graduate schools. The BU School of Public Health is currently ranked #8 in the nation, with an emphasis on global health, maternal and children health and health policy. The medical school, in partnership with Boston Medical Center, continues to build BioSquare, a 16-acre state-of-the-art biomedical research and business park, next to its campus in the South End. BioSquare provides BUSM with an additional 2.5 million square feet of research space. There is a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary research programs featuring investigators from the School of Medicine collaborating with investigators at the other medical campus schools (Public Health and Dentistry), our principle teaching hospital (Boston Medical Center), and the Charles River Campus of Boston University. These collaborative projects often focus on health disparities, and issues of health care delivery to vulnerable populations and underserved communities.