UC Irvine received a $200 million gift, the seventh largest ever to a public university, to name the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences and focus on interdisciplinary integrative health. The new college of health sciences will contain the schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and population health.
We’re excited about this new endeavor at UC Irvine and believe it has the potential to move the school further up the rankings!
The $200 million gift has already sparked some controversy. Yale neurologist Steven Novella has stated the school should have declined the gift on the grounds that the integrative medicine includes alternative therapies that have not been yet been fully vetted by mainstream medicine. Not surprisingly, UC Irvine is towing the line that those fears are unfounded and the school has no intention of putting any patients at risk with alternative therapies.
The LA Times is claiming that UC Irvine has removed “homeopathy” from its website and, as of the article’s publication, there has been no clarification as to why the word was removed or if the treatment will no longer be offered.