The Paso del Norte region is served by large universities heavily invested in health care education and biomedical research such as the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, the University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State University.
The MCA campus is home to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, a former regional campus that became an independent medical university in 2013. Its educational and research infrastructure includes:
The University of Texas at El Paso, an important partner of the Medical Center of the Americas, is only a 10-minute drive from the MCA campus. UTEP has made major investments in its educational and research infrastructure–$270 million in capital improvements since 2009—in pursuit of Tier 1 research university status. Its new educational and research facilities since 2009 include:
The UT School of Public Health El Paso Regional Campus offers a variety of higher education certificates, degree, and research opportunities for students across the region:
UTHealth students have the option of taking courses taught face-to-face, through interactive television, or online with this hybrid approach helping students design an academic path that works in their schedule. With the US-Mexico border less than a mile from the campus, the curriculum, research, and community practice focus on the unique health problems facing border populations. Faculty at the EPRC also focus on health disparities in the border region and the results of those disparities are the primary focus of the ongoing research at the campus. Improving prevention techniques and promoting health services among the Mexican-American community are integral parts of the research efforts in El Paso.
Less than an hour’s drive north of El Paso on Interstate 10 is New Mexico State University, another regional MCA partner. Its health care and biomedical education and research infrastructure includes: