The largest gift in UCI's history will support the creation of the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, the first university-based health sciences enterprise to incorporate integrative health research, teaching, and patient care across its schools and programs. With the aim of integrating preventative, therapeutic, and lifestyle approaches and healthcare disciplines, the new college will bring together UCI's School of Medicine, the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy (currently the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences), and the School of Population Health (currently the Program in Public Health), as well as the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute (currently the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine), which will focus on improving medical care by supporting multidisciplinary research, education, clinical service, and community programs.
The gift includes $50 million toward construction of a facility to house the college and $5 million for technology and labs. The remaining $145 million will be used to create an endowment fund in support of faculty chairs in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and population health disciplines; integrative health training and mentoring for medical school students; scholarships and fellowships; innovative curricular development and campus-wide interdisciplinary research projects; and ongoing clinical services, research, and education in the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute.
In addition to a $5.7 million gift in 2001 to establish the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine, the couple's previous support for UCI includes commitments of $30 million this past April for a new science building and $20 million in 1999 for the Henry Samueli School of Engineering.
"Despite our technological advances, too many people still suffer from chronic conditions such as pain, diabetes, and heart disease or are caught in a cycle of taking too many medications," said Susan Samueli, who, with her husband, signed the Giving Pledge in 2012. "We must change what we mean by 'health care' and how we train all who provide care, including physicians, nurses, and pharmacists. Today's health science students ask about integrative health from day one; harnessing that interest is key to turning our national system in a better direction."