Thomas Jefferson University is a private health sciences university located in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States. The university consists of three constituent colleges, Jefferson Medical College , Jefferson College of Graduate Studies , and Jefferson College of Health Professions.
The University was founded under the name Jefferson Medical College in 1824. In 1825 the Medical College opened an infirmary to treat the poor and by 1844 Jefferson was providing patient beds over a shop at 10th and Sansom Streets. A 125-bed hospital, one of the first in the nation affiliated with a medical school, opened in 1877, and a school for nurses began in 1891.The Medical College became Thomas Jefferson University on July 1, 1969. As an academic health care center, Jefferson is currently involved in education, medical research, and patient care.
The University is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc (TJUH) - including Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, and Methodist Hospital Division of TJUH. Thomas Jefferson University is also the primary academic affiliate of the Jefferson Health System (JHS). JHS was founded in 1995 when Thomas Jefferson University and the Main Line Health System signed an agreement establishing a new, nonprofit, corporate entity known as the Jefferson Health System (JHS). The agreement brought together the Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc. and Main Line Health under one corporate parent. Since then, other established networks have joined JHS as founding members, including the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Frankford Health Care System, and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.