What Is Academic Health?

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Healing, educating, and discovering

At the University of Minnesota, we are treating patients, educating the next generation of care providers, and making discoveries that improve health care around the globe.

This three-part mission—healing, educating, and discovering—is called academic health.

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Inspiring the next generation

Spanning all specialties of healthcare, from dentistry to nursing to surgery, our students receive invaluable, real-world experience. They gather knowledge in the classroom and absorb critical life lessons from practitioners and patients alike, instilling a sense of responsibility.

Our graduates go on to better their communities, heal patients, and develop treatments and cures.

Students at the University of Minnesota are immersed in academic medicine from day one, learning new technologies to advance research and clinical care.

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Pioneering breakthroughs

“From bench to bedside” is a common phrase in the field of academic health and medicine. It describes the work of passionate lab scientists who spend countless hours analyzing things like neurotransmission and DNA. Then, other scientists leverage these lab discoveries and apply them to things like drug design and surgery so that patients heal faster and live longer.

Our research is what improves healthcare.

Using non-invasive technology, researchers from the Center for Drug Design were able to visualize clear patterns of changes to people’s eyes, suggesting the eventual development of the disease.


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Healing patients, saving lives

Helping people be healthy is why we pursue academic health. A family that weeps for joy when the scans came back clear. A mother that leaves the hospital holding a baby born 14 weeks premature. A healthy husband who joins a diabetes study, knowing a clinical trial was the only reason his wife overcame cancer. These moments are what drive us.

Our patients are surrounded by multidisciplinary care teams, treated with cutting edge technology and supported by the brightest minds in modern health and medicine. 

After losing his eyesight to retinitis pigmentosa, James Kelm pursued a new treatment at the University of Minnesota Medical Center that helped him regain partial sight.

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The benefits of academic health

Our faculty, physicians, providers, and staff are dedicated to advancing the field of health care through science, paving the way for a healthier future. Because of academic health we can:

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Prevent the flu

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Provide life-saving blood and marrow transplants

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Help restore eyesight