Founded by the Governor Li Hongzhang in Tianjin in 1894, Hebei Medical University was the very first western medical school established by the government. In 1995, Hebei Medical College, Hebei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Junior Medical College of Shijiazhuang merged into one school, which was named Hebei Medical University. In 2013, Hebei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine became an stand-alone institution again.
The staff numbers are over 7,100. Of these, 366 are professors, senior researchers and chief physicians. There are 967 are associate professors. And there are 25,600 students. Hebei Medical University has long history of enrolling international students from countries including the United States, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, the UK, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. Currently there are over 400 international students. In collaboration with International Education College of Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine total of more than 300 international students have already completed their Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University in 2010 - 2011.
After eighty years development and evolution, Hebei Medical University has become a comprehensive medical university composed of western medicine, traditional medicine, pharmacy and other subjects. Now there are 14 colleges, and 15 specialities. The university has six affiliated hospitals, in which there are 4,566 in-patient beds. Four hospitals have been granted the status of "first-class hospitals in the third category". In addition, it also has 77 teaching hospitals and practice bases providing students with sites of clinical teaching, specialist teaching and practice.
It has 9 subjects and 4 laboratories assessed at advanced provincial level, and 6 research institutes at provincial level. The Chinese Academy of Preventive Medical Science has set up its Hebei Academic Branch in this university. Each year nearly 200 research projects are undertaken. In addition three national and eight provincial academic periodicals have been compiled and published here. Hebei Medical University has started the MBBS programme in 2004 and enrolled 200 students successfully from India and Nepal, and in 2005 enrolled 200 more students from India. Both batches have graduated in 2015 and 2016 respectively.