Established by the Texas State Legislature in 1941, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the three original institutions dedicated to comprehensive cancer treatment and research as designated by the National Cancer Act of 1971. As a leading institution of higher education and research center, the MD Anderson Cancer Center has been ranked as the best cancer care facility eight times in the last decade in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" survey. The school is located at the Texas Medical Center in Houston and was named in honor of Monroe Dunaway Anderson, a Tennessee businessman who created the MD Anderson Foundation, which donated a substantial sum to the school's creation. The school is a member of the University of Texas system with the motto of "Making Cancer History."
Students living in student housing or an off campus apartment at MD Anderson have access to the school's facilities throughout Texas in Nassau Bay, The Woodlands, Sugar Land and Katy. Outside of Texas, the school has facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Orlando, Florida, Gilbert, Arizona and in Spain and Turkey.
Student living and university living at MD Anderson allow students to earn master's and doctorate level degrees in conjunction with the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Bachelor's degrees are available through the School of Health Professions in fields like diagnostic imaging, medical dosimetry, radiation therapy, clinical laboratory science and cytotechnology.
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