Founded in 1916, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences' (KCU) College of Osteopathic Medicine is Kansas City, Missouri's oldest medical school and the largest in the state. In addition, the University's new College of Biosciences will offer multi-level-degree tracks to prepare scientists for career paths in research.
An innovative dual-degree option at KCU provides a conjunctive Rockhurst University Master of Business in Health Care Leadership with the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, further preparing KCU medical students to succeed in a changing heath-care environment.
The University's new 45,000 square-foot Dybedal Center for Biosciences Research, the first new research facility to be completed by a private academic institution in Kansas City, will open in June 2004, enhancing Kansas City's leadership in biomedical research and increasing the University's research capacity tenfold. The center will house facilities for Biosafety Levels I and II research and a 7,300-square-foot clinical science wing, the first adult academic clinical research center in Kansas City.
The KCU Health Policy Institute, Kansas City's first health policy institute, established in April 2004, will confront and foster discussion on broad-based health issues affecting Kansas City, both locally and nationally, and impact leadership on key health issues affecting our society.
Score One for Health, a University program in partnership with the Deron Cherry Foundation and the Kansas City, Missouri, Public School system, provides free basic health screenings for more than 13,000 Kansas City urban-core, elementary school-aged children annually and more than 50,000 since its inception in 1993.
Faculty, staff, and students of KCU contribute over 100,000 hours of service to the Kansas City community annually.
KCU has educated physicians, scientists, and health-care leaders for nearly 90 years. With new research facilities, additional research faculty and new educational programs for research scientists, KCU is a dynamic leader in Kansas City's life sciences initiative. The campus, on the site of the original Children's Mercy Hospital, has strong roots in Kansas City's early health-care history and is proud to carry those forward in an ever-broadening mission.