About the Academic Health Center

Panorama of University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus on Mississippi River

The University of Minnesota health sciences form one of the largest, most comprehensive academic health centers in the nation. The Academic Health Center (AHC) at the University of Minnesota is home to six colleges and schools and several AHC-wide centers addressing critical health issues.

Our mission

Our mission is to develop and sustain a world-class academic health center, where health sciences schools collaborate to improve health across Minnesota and around the world, to find new treatments and cures for illnesses, and to train the next generation of highly qualified health professionals.

Our three-part mission of educating, discovering, and healing is called academic health.

Why academic health matters

Increasing access to care

Part of our core mission is to increase access to health care for underserved communities. We train health professionals through partnerships in every county in Minnesota, including many areas that struggle to provide access to health care. Many of our graduates go on to practice in these same communities.

Bringing research to life

We're at the hub of innovation in healthcare, with geographical access to world-class hospitals and clinics as well as high-tech medical corporations. We are active around the world with global health collaborations in more than 100 countries across 6 continents.

Yueh with resident

We prepare the next generation of professionals who will improve the health of Minnesota’s families and communities. About 70 percent of Minnesota’s health care providers train at the University of Minnesota, including doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, public health workers, and veterinarians.

Pharmacists in a lab

At the Academic Health Center, researchers, educators, and health professionals thrive in an environment where teamwork across all disciplines is valued, encouraged, and rewarded. Their drive to discover leads the way to a healthier future for everyone.

Family doctor visit

Innovations for patient care happen as a result of interprofessional collaboration across the health sciences. Physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and veterinarians working together in an academic setting develop breakthroughs that constantly redefine health care.

By working as a team we can address some of the greatest health challenges of our time and help people live longer, healthier lives.

—Brooks Jackson, vice president for health sciences, University of Minnesota

Stewards of Minnesota's health

By supporting the mission of education, discovery, and leading-edge care, the Academic Health Center aims to improve the health of people, animals, and communities across Minnesota and around the world.

We bring together six disciplines—medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, public health—working together to solve some of today's toughest challenges.

Delivering high quality care to individuals, families, and communities

Training the next generation of health professionals

Advancing critical research

Preventing diseases and health issues before they start

Growing Minnesota's economy and supporting the business climate

Providing students with high quality, innovative, interprofessional education