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Meharry Medical College

Medical School

Mailing Address
1005 Dr. D. B. Todd, Jr. Blvd.
Nashville, Tennessee 37208
(615) 327-6000
Email address
School Information
"Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Meharry Medical College is one of the nation’s oldest and largest historically black academic health science centers dedicated to educating physicians, dentists, researchers, and health policy experts. 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, dental school, graduate school and applied computational sciences school; and is home to the Center for Health Policy at Meharry. The degrees include Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Meharry is a United Methodist Church-affiliated institution. A 2010 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine ranked Meharry as one of the nation’s top five producers of primary care physicians. Meharry is also a leading producer of African Americans with Ph.Ds. in biomedical sciences." (Source:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The college reported that the tech company Oracle "granted the Meharry Medical College School of Applied Computational Sciences (SACS) $500,000 in scholarship funds as a part of its Diversity and Inclusion 'Inspire Your Future (IYF)' initiative." The funds support "10 Meharry School of Applied Computational Sciences students admitted in Fall 2023 and Fall 2024, who will be eligible to receive $25,000 toward their education at Meharry."
Program and Research Funding
  • The college announced that it would partner with Sinai Chicago and Wayne State University as part of the "CVS Health Community Equity Alliance" which is an initiative that would "address barriers to care in underserved communities across the country." The Alliance would "create innovative solutions to help make health care more accessible and decrease health disparities."
  • On September 3, 2020, the college announced that Bloomberg Philanthropies awarded "$34 million to Meharry Medical College to help increase the number of Black doctors in the U.S. by significantly reducing their debt burden." Over the following four years. the "historic gift" would "provide scholarships for medical students with financial need, many of whom have faced increased financial pressures because of the COVID-19 pandemic."
  • On August 1, 2021, the college announced that it would partner with Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to "address racism and bias in the basic sciences and introduce greater diversity and inclusion."
  • On February 17, 2021, the college held a virtual "Health Summit" series which featured Meharry President James E.K. Hildreth and NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, The Summit would "encourage stakeholders and health experts to develop a community-centered approach that will prioritize prevention of disease, elevate racial justice and equity and eliminate COVID-19 health care disparities among minority groups across the country."
Symbolic Actions
  • On June 3, 2020, the college's President issued the following message to the college community: "Our mission remains constant: to care for those who are marginalized, underprivileged and oppressed. To be clear: we abhor racism, hatred and injustice. We support protest and action accompanied by meaningful social debate. This is the fabric from which we are made. Today, we are fighting two formidable enemies—racism and disease. We cannot afford to let either win. We must remember both in our fight. I encourage you to use your voice to direct progress and demand change."
Last updated June 30th, 2023
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