University of Copenhagen Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (Danish: Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet) at the University of Copenhagen houses 13 departments, 24 centres, four schools, three hospitals, and three libraries.[2][3]

The Faculty educates students in the areas of Human Health and Medical Sciences, Oral Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science.

History

The official seal of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, featuring the Rod of Asclepius. It was designed by Pete Burke and first taken into use on September 1, 2004.[4]

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences received its current name when the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the veterinary part of the Faculty of Life Sciences were merged in 2012. The Faculty houses four schools: the School of Medical Sciences, the School of Oral Health Sciences, the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science.[2]

Human Health and Medical Sciences

The School of Medical Sciences’ history dates back to 1479, when the University of Copenhagen was founded. Between the closing of the Studium Generale in Lund in 1536 and the establishment of the University of Aarhus in the late 1920s, the University of Copenhagen was the only university in Denmark. In addition to having a faculty for the study of medicine, the University of Copenhagen also had faculties for the study of law, theology, and philosophy.

The university was closed by the Church in 1531 to stop the spread of Protestantism, and re-established in 1537 by King Christian III after the Lutheran Reformation. Between 1675 and 1788, the university introduced the concept of degree examinations. An examination for theology was added in 1675, followed by law in 1736. By 1788, all faculties required an examination before they would issue a degree.

The University of Oslo Faculty of Medicine was founded in 1814 as a de facto Norwegian (partial) continuation of the medical faculty in Copenhagen, as a result of the Napoleonic Wars and the breakup of Denmark-Norway by the foreign powers. The medical faculty in Oslo therefore shared many of its traditions with the Copenhagen faculty.

Between 1842 and 1850, the faculties at the university were restructured. Starting in 1842, the university’s Faculty of Medicine and the Academy of Surgeons were merged to form the Faculty of Medical Science.

The Panum Building

The first female student was enrolled at the university in 1877. The university underwent explosive growth between 1960 and 1980. The number of students rose from around 6,000 in 1960 to about 26,000 in 1980, with a correspondingly large growth in the number of employees. An integration of the health education programs was discussed in the late 1970s, and a decade later, the Faculty of Medical Science and the School of Dentistry were merged to form the Faculty of Health Sciences. Buildings built during this time period include the Panum Building. As of January 2016, Panum is the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences’ largest building complex and houses six of the Faculty’s thirteen departments.[5]

In 2005, the Center for Health and Society (Danish: Center for Sundhed og Samfund, abbr. CSS) was opened in the former Copenhagen Municipal Hospital in central Copenhagen. As of January 2016, the CSS houses most of the Department of Public Health and the School of Global Health.[5]

Oral Health Sciences

The School of Oral Health Sciences operates under the Department of Odontology. Its history dates back the early 1890s, when Denmark’s first school of dentistry was founded on Nygade. The school moved its location twice, first in 1894 to Stormgade where the facilities were shared with the Teachers College and a school museum, and in 1928 to Trommesalen. In 1941, the school moved to newly constructed facilities on Jagtvej and changed its name to the School of Dentistry (Tandlægehøjskolen).[6]

During the 1980s, the School of Dentistry was merged into the University of Copenhagen and moved to the recently erected Panum Building. The former School of Dentistry was merged with the university’s Faculty of Medical Science to form the Faculty of Health Sciences, and was renamed as the Central Department of Odontology (Odontologisk Centralinstitut). It consisted of two scientific and one clinical section. In the early 1990s, a revision of the dental education program resulted in 60% joint courses with the medical program. In 1993, a new university law was passed and the Department of Odontology received its current designation.[6][7]

Pharmaceutical Sciences

The School of Pharmaceutical Sciences’ history dates back to 1892, when the Pharmaceutical College (Den Farmaceutiske Læreanstalt) was founded on Stockholmsgade. In 1942, the Pharmaceutical College moved into a new building at University Park and changed its name to the Danish Pharmaceutical College (Danmarks Farmaceutiske Højskole). In 2003, the Danish Pharmaceutical College was renamed as the Danish University of Pharmaceutical Science (Danmarks Farmaceutiske Universitet).[8]

In 2007, the Danish University of Pharmaceutical Science was merged into the University of Copenhagen and was renamed as the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 2012, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences merged with the Faculty of Health Sciences and the veterinary part of the Faculty of Life Sciences to form the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.[8]

Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science

In January 2007, the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University was merged into the University of Copenhagen and was renamed as the Faculty of Life Sciences. This was later split up, with the veterinary part merging with the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences to form the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and the rest merging into the Faculty of Science.

Departments

As of January 2016, the faculty houses thirteen departments.[2] The following list groups departments under the faculty’s four schools, showing which departments provide the majority of teaching in each study programme:

  • School of Medical Sciences[9]
    • Department of Biomedical Sciences, Panum Building[10]
    • Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Panum Building[11]
    • Department of Clinical Medicine, Panum Building[12]
    • Department of Immunology and Microbiology, Panum Building[13]
    • Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Panum Building[14]
    • Department of Public Health, Center for Health and Society[15]
  • School of Oral Health Sciences[16]
    • Department of Odontology (also referred to as the School of Dentistry), Panum Building[17]
    • School of Oral Health Care, Panum Building[18]
  • School of Pharmaceutical Sciences[19]
    • Department of Pharmacy, University Park[20]
    • Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, University Park[21]
  • School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science[22]
    • Department of Large Animal Sciences, Taastrup Campus[23]
    • Department of Veterinary Clinical and Animal Science, Taastrup Campus and Frederiksberg Campus[24]
    • Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, Frederiksberg Campus[25]

Also under the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences:

  • Department of Forensic Medicine, Teilum Building[26]

Centres of excellence

Supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation

  • Stem cell research: (co founded: Danish Council for Strategic Research) Danish Stem Cell Center (DanStem)
  • Metabolic research: The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR)
  • Protein research: The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR)
  • Neuroscience research The Centre of Basic and Translational Neuroscience (CTN)

Lundbeck centres

  • Astma in Childhood: Copenhagen Studies on Asthma in Childhood (COPSAC)
  • Biomembranes in Nanomedicine: Lundbeck Foundation Center for Biomembranes in Nanomedicine (CBN)
  • Neuropsychiatric diseases: The Lundbeck Foundation Centre for Integrated Molecular Brain Imaging (CIMBI)
  • The Lundbeck Foundation Center for Neurovascular Signaling: The Lundbeck Center for Neurovascular Signalling (LUCENS)

Interdiciplinary centers

  • Centre for Medical Parasitology (CMP) – This centre was founded in 1991; its 60 researchers and technicians mainly study malaria.[27][28] Originally located at the Panum Institute, it was moved to the University of Copenhagen campus in 2007.[clarification needed]
  • The Center for Healthy Ageing (CEHA)
  • Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research (COPE)
  • Center for non-coding RNA in Technology and Health (RTH)
  • The Centre for Health Economics and Policy (CHEP)
  • The Centre for Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology (CPNN)
  • University of Copenhagen Research Centre for Control of Antibiotic Resistance (UC-care)

Basic research

  • Copenhagen Center for Glycomics (CCG)
  • Danish Arrhythmia Centre (DARC)
  • Centre for Biopharmaceuticals
  • Centre of Inflammation and Metabolism (CIM)
  • Sino-Danish Breast Cancer Research Centre
  • Costerton Biofilm Centre (CBC)
  • Center for Chromosome Stability (CCS)

National centers

  • Danish Obesity Research Center (DanORC)

Other centres

  • In Vivo Pharmacology: Novo Nordisk – LIFE In Vivo Pharmacology Centre

Locations

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences has facilities in seven different locations (five in Copenhagen, one in Frederiksberg, and one in Taastrup):[29]

  • North Campus:
    • Panum
    • Teilum
    • University Park
    • Medical Museion
  • City Campus:
    • Center for Health and Society
  • Frederiksberg Campus
  • Taastrup Campus

Hospitals

  • Copenhagen University Hospital, a conglomerate of several hospitals in Region Hovedstaden and Region Sjælland.

The Vet School includes two animal hospitals:[30]

  • University Hospital for Companion Animals, located at the university’s Frederiksberg Campus.[31]
  • University Teaching Hospital for Large Animals, located at the university’s Taastrup Campus.

Libraries

The Faculty houses three libraries that are all part of the Royal Library and the Copenhagen University Library:[3]

  • North Campus:
    • The Faculty Library of Natural and Health Sciences (KUB Nord), located at Nørre Allé 49.[32]
    • The Pharmaceutical Sciences Library, located at Universitetsparken 4.[33]
  • Frederiksberg Campus:
    • KUB Frederiksberg, located at Dyrlægevej 10.[34]

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