Founded in 1876 as the Medical Department of Central Tennessee College, Meharry was the first medical school in the South for African Americans. It was chartered separately in 1915.
Today, Meharry includes a medical school, a dental school and a graduate school of research and is home to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College. Meharry is recognized as a top producer of primary care physicians, ranked second among academic health science centers in the “social mission” of medical education. It is a leading producer of African-American dentists, graduating 41 percent of black dentists in the country. This academic health science center is also a leading producer of African-American Ph.D.s in biomedical science. Diverse Issues in Higher Education annually lists Meharry as a leading national educator of African Americans with M.D. and D.D.S. degrees and Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences.
Meharry offers the following degree programs: Doctor of Medicine (M.D.); Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (M.D./Ph.D.); Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.); Doctor of Dental Surgery/Doctor of Philosophy (D.D.S./Ph.D.); Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH); Master of Health Science (MHS); Doctor of Medicine/Master of Health Science (M.D./MSPH).
Research at Meharry spans the distance from molecules to exposomes. While focusing
on health problems that disproportionately affect the underserved, data generated
from our research endeavors benefits all.