Thomas Jefferson University, named after a founding father of diverse interests, is itself diversifying the world of medical training. Its Jefferson Medical College boasts departments in surgery and specialized areas including obstetrics, neurology, and psychiatry. The Graduate Studies department offers programs in public health and biomedical studies. The College of Health Professions has programs in nursing, pharmacy, bioscience technologies, and counseling. Founded as Jefferson Medical College in 1824, it has granted more than 30,000 medical degrees. In late 2015 the school agreed to merge with Philadelphia University.