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Our goal is to be the nation’s leading public school of medicine.


Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. We strive to promote faculty, staff and learner development in a diverse, respectful environment where our colleagues demonstrate professionalism, enhance learning, and create personal and professional sustainability. We optimize our partnership with the UNC Health Care System through close collaboration and a commitment to service.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be the nation’s leading public school of medicine. We are ranked 1st in primary care education among all US schools of medicine and 6th among public peers in NIH research funding. Our Health Sciences department is home to five top-ranked divisions and we are home to 16 top-ranked MD and basic science departments in research funding.

Our Mission

Patient Care

We will promote health and provide superb clinical care while maintaining our strong tradition of reaching underserved populations and reducing health disparities across North Carolina and beyond.


We will prepare tomorrow’s health care professionals and biomedical researchers by facilitating learning within innovative and integrated curricula and team oriented interprofessional education. We will cultivate outstanding teaching and research faculty, and we will recruit outstanding students and trainees from highly diverse backgrounds to create a socially responsible, highly skilled workforce.


We will develop and support a rich array of outstanding health sciences research programs, centers, and resources. We will provide infrastructure and opportunities for collaboration amongst disciplines throughout and beyond our University to support outstanding research. We will foster programs in the areas of basic, translational, mechanistic, and population research.

Facts and Figures

In Primary Care Education

$584 million
total research grants/contracts

among public universities in research

of SOM grads enter residencies
in North Carolina

93 percentile
For MD graduates who are
Black or African American

$1 billion
Amount UNC SOM expected to surpass in fundraising for patient care, education advocacy, & research

Nobel Prize laureates

UNC SOM faculty inducted in
National Academy of Medicine