The University of Montana
University of Montana enrolls over 15,000 students with approximately 12% pursuing graduate degrees. It offers over 80 graduate and 60 undergraduate programs through five colleges and three independent schools, including the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Sciences, College of Forestry and Conservation, College of Technology, and College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences. Professional schools (and degrees) within The College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences include the Skaggs School of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.), the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Sciences (DPT), the School of Public and Community Health Sciences (MPH), and the School of Social Work (MSW). Currently funded NIGMS COBRE centers include the Center for Environmental Health Sciences and the Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics. The University of Montana is also home to the Rural Institute, Montana’s Center of Excellence in Disabilities, providing education research and service to enhance quality of life for people with disabilities, especially those individuals living in Montana and other rural areas across the country. In addition, the UM Native American Research Laboratories (NARL), established in 2007, provides Native American undergraduates and graduate students with advanced hands-on research opportunities in the natural sciences and biomedical sciences in an interdisciplinary research setting guided by culturally-relevant faculty role models/mentors. Several affiliated programs with The University of Montana provide strong opportunities for clinical and translational research. Among these, the campus has partnered with the local hospital on several clinical research ventures: The Montana Neuroscience Institute, The Montana Cancer Institute, and The International Heart Institute. Notably, The University of Montana houses the newly developed Family Medicine Residency Program of Western Montana that will train 30 physician residents per year. Finally, faculty from multiple UM departments/disciplines (e.g., Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Health Economics, Medical Anthropology, Clinical Psychology, Public Health, Health Communication) recently formed a consortium of social and behavioral science researchers to identify opportunities and address barriers for conducting extramurally funded health research.
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