Eastern Virginia Medical School holds an honored position in American history as the only school of medicine founded by grassroots effort of the local community. EVMS matriculated its first class in 1973, and today, 2,300 physicians and 1,500 health professionals hold degrees from EVMS. The main campus is part of the Eastern Virginia Medical Center, which also includes Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, the region's primary tertiary care center, and Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, a full-service, acute care facility which serves as the regional referral center for pediatrics. EVMS works in partnership with hospitals, physicians, and clinics throughout the region, providing students and residents with a broad base of clinical and professional experience.
Established in collaboration with Old Dominion University (ODU) in 1997, the fully-accredited Graduate Program in Public Health enrolls an average of 25 new students per year, with specialty tracks in Epidemiology, Environmental Health, and Health Services Administration /Management.