At Howard University College of Medicine we provide students of high academic potential with a medical education of exceptional quality and prepare physicians and other health care professionals to serve the underserved. The emphasis is on developing skills and habits of life-long learning and producing world leaders in medicine.

The College living alumni, more than 4,000, are a testimony that an excellent medical education can be obtained at Howard. Although opportunities for minority students have increased at other medical schools, the College uniquely addresses the special health care needs of medically underserved communities and continues to produce a significant number of the nation's minority physicians.

The College is a part of Howard University, a comprehensive research university. While the University community has traditionally been predominantly black, Howard has been an interracial and cosmopolitan institution throughout its history, with students, faculty and staff of all races and from many foreign nations. All must meet the high standards of excellence of Howard University, which has the largest concentration of black faculty and student scholars in the country.

In addition to the College of Medicine, the Howard University Health Sciences Center includes the Howard University Hospital; the College of Dentistry; the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences; the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library; and the Student Health Center.

Located in the nation's capital, the College can draw upon the immense medical resources of this area, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine.

Degree Programs

The academic program leading to the MD degree is designed to produce physicians who are knowledgeable of the principles of modern medical science and who have mastered the art of critical thinking in the clinical decision-making process so they may engage in the practice of medicine as competent professionals.

Dual degree programs are offered jointly with the Graduate School (MD/Ph.D.), the College of Arts & Sciences (BS/MD) and the School of Business (MD/MBA)

Six training programs leading to the Master of Science and/or Doctor of Philosophy degree are available in the College of Medicine. These degrees are offered through programs in anatomy, genetics & human genetics, microbiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and physiology & biophysics. For admission and specific degree requirements, students should consult the Graduate School.


Howard University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. The College of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Medical Association (AMA).

Visiting the College

HUCM Basics

  • Tours of the medical school are conducted on the first Friday of each month, except holidays. A question and answer session will begin at noon in room 2310 (Adams) A tour will follow at 12:45 p.m.
  • There is no need to RSVP.
  • Directions to Campus
  • Size of Class Entering 2011 - 115
  • Proud of a tradition of training physicians of all races, ethnic groups, religions, and nationalities.
  • No state residency requirement.
  • International students accepted on a limited basis.
  • To be considered for an interview:
    - MCAT score of 22 or above.
    - Science GPA (BCPM) of 3.0 or above.
    - Interest in delivering superior patient care to underserved populations.

Contact Us

Howard University College of Medicine
Office of Admissions
520 W Street, NW, Room 2310
Washington DC 20059
Phone: (202) 806-6279
Fax: (202) 806-7934