Medical science has helped combat many diseases that were once a death sentence. New vaccines, medicines, and interventions have improved the lives of millions of people. The great majority of these advances come from work being done at our colleges and universities. 

  • Society has benefited from the training offered at colleges and universities.
  • Colleges and universities are important because they train and inform science and healthcare professionals—from biochemists, research scientists, and psychologists to doctors and dentists, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, first responders, and others.
  • Many advances in science and medicine start at the nation’s academic centers, whether through their own research or the training provided to researchers in national labs and industry.
  • Colleges and universities are working to solve big public health problems, including how to prevent illness and help people with chronic diseases live healthier lives.
  • Colleges and universities act as public-health hubs, providing vital healthcare for their communities through preventive and therapeutic services, affordable medical care, and access to cutting-edge research.

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