Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) is a private graduate school located in North Chicago, Illinois. It is named for Rosalind Franklin, the DNA crystallographer; the Seal of the University evokes Photo 51, her X-ray diffraction pattern for B-DNA which was pivotal in the history of biology in the twentieth century. The university offers over 15 study programs in graduate health-related subjects. RFUMS provides PhD programs for medical and basic research. It is located to the south of the Great Lakes Naval Training Center and the North Chicago VA Hospital.


The precursor of RFUMS, then known as The Chicago Hospital-College of Medicine, was founded in Chicago in 1912. A group of physicians and community leaders formed a non-profit school to serve those medical students who were able to attend only at night. From the beginning, the institution, long known as The Chicago Medical School, rejected the use of quotas to limit minority enrollment. The leaders of the school believed that only a student’s merit should play a role in the admissions process.

1967 marked the formation of The University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School. The University of Health Sciences was designed to build teams of health professionals, bringing diagnostic, supportive, and investigative functions of medicine together in one setting. In 1968, The University of Health Sciences established the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, followed by The School of Related Health Sciences (now The College of Health Professions) in 1970.

In 1980, the University moved from Chicago to its current location at 3333 Green Bay Road in North Chicago, and was renamed for its chairman, Herman M Finch, in 1993. The Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, joined Finch University in 2002. In 2004, the University was again renamed, this time to Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, in honor of Dr. Rosalind Franklin, whose work with X-ray crystallography provided the data and scientific basis for description of the structure of DNA, the single most important advance of modern biology.


Today, daytime studies are also available. The school was fully accredited at the doctoral level in 1980 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It currently plans to build an addition at its North Chicago location with a professional pharmacy school and a nursing school to its list of health professional programs.

Its mission statement is

*To serve the nation through the education of health and biomedical professionals and the discovery of knowledge dedicated to improving the health of its people.

Its vision statement is

*Together with its partners, the University will be recognized as an established academic health sciences center serving a diverse nation with excellence and innovation in education of health and biomedical professionals, knowledge creation and scientific discovery focused on prediction and prevention of disease, clinical programs and community service.

The Chicago Medical School

The Chicago Medical School, founded in 1912, confers clinical degrees. The entering class each year is approximately 190 students.

The College of Health Professions

The College of Health Professions (CHP) is a professional school which offers programs in Biomedical Sciences (MS), Clinical Counseling (BS, MS), Clinical Laboratory Sciences (MS), Healthcare Administration and Management (certificate, MS), Interprofessional Studies (DSc, PhD), Medical Radiation Physics (MS, PhD), Nurse Anesthesia (MS), Nutrition (MS), Pathologists' Assistant (MS), Physical Therapy (MS, DPT), Physician Assistant (MS, Post-Graduate Residencies, Teaching Fellowship), Psychology (PhD), and Women’s Health (certificate, MS).

School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (1967)

The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers Ph.D programs to students in biomedical research.

The Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine

The Rosalind Franklin University also has a school of podiatry, named the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. It was founded by William Scholl (who made his fortune in foot products). The campus has a podiatric museum, named Feet First, dedicated to Dr. William Mathias Scholl.

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