What Is Academic Health?
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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:
Prevent the flu
Provide life-saving blood and marrow transplants
Help restore eyesight