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Kansas City University Farber-McIntire Campus

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Nestled in the southwest corner of Missouri, the city of Joplin is home to approximately 50,000 people with 400,000 people living in a 40-mile radius, making Joplin the 4th largest metropolitan area in Missouri. With a quarter of a million people coming into the city for work or health care daily, Joplin is a medical hub in the South Central U.S. with two major hospitals, Mercy Hospital Joplin and Freeman Health System. But with a growing, aging and rural population, the problem of providing adequate health care to its residents for the long term was on the horizon.

The solution: Open the first medical school campus in the southwest region of Missouri and place a strong emphasis on patient-centered primary care and rural health to help address the growing need for physicians in the area.

A history of looking forward

We welcomed our first students in 1916, which makes KCU one of the nation's founding colleges of osteopathic medicine. 

We've been on the forefront of health care ever since. We’re constantly creating new programs such as the Clinical Psychology Doctoral program, an MS in biomedical science and specialized dual degrees. And we're continually renewing our commitment to research and our communities, most notably with our new campus in Joplin.