Education & Training

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Training the next generation of health professionals

We prepare the next generation of professionals who will improve the health of Minnesota’s families and communities. Our graduates provide leading-edge care to patients, conduct groundbreaking research to develop new treatments and cures, and help address major health issues facing our state and the world.

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Providing Minnesota's health workforce

70 percent of Minnesota’s health care providers train at the University of Minnesota, including doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, public health workers, and veterinarians.

The University has Minnesota’s only veterinary, pharmacy, and dental colleges. It also accounts for more than 80 percent of the medical degrees awarded in the state.

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Providing students with high quality, innovative, interprofessional education

Veterinarian. Surgeon. Eye doctor. Dentist. Pharmacist. Nurse practitioner. Lab scientist. Public health nutritionist. And more—through our degrees and programs, you can gain the education you need for a full range of health careers. And you can continue that education through our professional development and continuing education programs.

Our students receive invaluable, real-world experience

Our students gather knowledge in the classroom and absorb critical life lessons from practitioners, patients, and community membes alike, instilling a sense of responsibility. Combined, our six academic areas have more than 7,000 students enrolled in 62 degree programs, and we granted 1,385 health professional degrees in 2016. We’ve established more than 1,500 clinical training partnerships across Minnesota, many of them in rural or underserved communities serving as training sites for our students.

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School of Dentistry

Minnesota's only dental school and the only dental school in the northern tier of states between Wisconsin and the Pacific Northwest, which provides rigorous, hands-on education through a wide variety of degrees and programs.

Degrees and programs

Continuing Dental Education

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Medical School

Dedication to cutting-edge research and collaboration with leading professionals enables our Medical School to provide one of the finest learning and teaching environments in the nation.

Degrees and programs

Continuing Professional Development

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School of Nursing

Preparing leaders in nursing through undergraduate and graduate degrees (BSN, MN, PhD, DNP), certificate programs, and continuing education.

Degrees and programs

Continuing Professional Development

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College of Pharmacy

As the only pharmacy school in Minnesota, we offer PharmD, PhD and MS programs on both the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. We are consistently ranked among the top three pharmacy schools in the nation.

Degrees and programs

Continuing Professional Development

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School of Public Health

Advancing excellence in research, education, and outreach for the protection, restoration, and promotion of health, well-being, security, and safety. We offer more than 20 academic programs to fit your interests and lifestyle.

Degrees and programs

Continuing Education

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College of Veterinary Medicine

Impacting the lives of Minnesotans every day by educating current and future veterinarians and biomedical scientists. We discover and disseminate new knowledge and skills while providing state-of-the-art veterinary services.

Degrees and programs

Veterinary Continuing Education

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Center for Allied Health Programs

The Center for Allied Health Programs' is working to improve the delivery of collaborative care to the people of Minnesota by educating and training allied healthcare professionals. Our Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) Program and the Program in Occupational Therapy (OT) are training allied healthcare professionals to meet the increasing workforce demands. 

Degrees and programs

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Centers and Institutes

The Academic Health Center's centers and institutes offer a variety of courses, certificates, degrees, and programs — both in-person and online — spanning across the educational continuum from pre-med to postdoctoral

I love the opportunity to work with professionals from multiple specialties.—Resident, Community-University Health Care Center

Learning together

Only from new interprofessional education models can we properly train our future health care providers to be focused on teamwork, cooperation, and new ways of thinking.

How our interprofessional approach to education makes a difference

We are here to support you.

Interprofessional education is more than a buzzword to us. It's our reality at the Academic Health Center—and one of our biggest strengths. Students across health professions learn, work, and collaborate together. Just like they will when they graduate. We offer a variety of resources to support students' interprofessional experience.

The University of Minnesota’s health sciences curriculum trains our students for success within a changing health care landscape.

Specialized career center that helps undergraduate students, high school students, and adult learners explore health career options. Prepare for medical school and other health professional programs.

Support and services for health professions education, built on a culture of interprofessional collaboration and using the 1Health model.

Offers health professions students opportunities to meet and collaborate with students from other colleges.

Supports students in AHC schools and the surrounding professional health care workforce.

A jointly accredited provider of quality continuing education in medicine, nursing, and pharmacy.

Provides national leadership on interprofessional education and collaborative practice to improve health care.

This new facility (still in the planning stages) will prepare students and practicing healthcare professionals for a team-based, experiential approach to patient based care.

Help students learn through courses that incorporate facilities, tools, and technologies that simulate realistic health care scenarios and environments.

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Educational seminars, lectures, conferences, and events

From weekly ground rounds to scientific journal clubs to an annual conference on the design of medical devices, we offer a wide variety of seminar series that focus on health sciences research and learning. 

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Health science degrees, programs, and learning opportunities

Spanning all specialties of health sciences, we have opportunities for the different types of learning you seek—online courses, non-credit courses and events, undergraduate programs, advanced degrees, and continuing professional development.

Undergraduate

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Explore University of Minnesota undergraduate programs

Food Protection and Defense Institute

  • Food Defense: Prepare, Respond, Recover, University of Minnesota VMED 5920, 3 credits, In-Person
  • Seminar in Food Protection and Defense, University of Minnesota VMED 5921, 1 credit, Hybrid Online and In-Person
  • Emergency Preparedness: A Public Health Perspective, University of Minnesota PUBH 5231, 2 credits, Online
  • Data Driven Decision Making, University of Minnesota 1 credit, In-Person

 

Graduate

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Explore University of Minnesota Graduate and Professional Student Programs

School of Dentistry

Medical School

School of Nursing

College of Pharmacy

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

Master of Science (MS)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

School of Public Health

  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

College of Veterinary Medicine

Center for Allied Health Programs (CAHP)

Center for Bioethics

Center for Spirituality and Healing

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

Institute for Health Informatics

Dual degrees

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Medical School

  • Graduate joint degree programs
    • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy (MS/PhD)
    • Master of Science and Doctor of Medicine (MS/MD)
    • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy (MS/PhD)
    • Doctor of Medicine and Juris Doctor (MD/JD)
    • Doctor of Medicine and Master of Business Administration (MD/MBA)
    • Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)
    • Doctor of Philosophy and Juris Doctor (PhD/JD)

School of Nursing

College of Pharmacy

School of Public Health

College of Veterinary Medicine

Institute for Health Informatics

Non-credit

Mini Medical School

Mini Medical School

Offers the opportunity for people of all ages and interests to examine the scientific foundations of health and disease in a once per week, five-week seminar series.

Minnesota State Fair

Our presence at the fair provides Minnesotans with a unique, hands-on opportunity to meet health experts and learn about the University of Minnesota's health contributions to the state and world.

Center for Spirituality and Healing

Offers lectures, workshops, and conferences to broaden understanding of self-care, stress reduction, and healing practices.

Online

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Center for Spirituality and Healing

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

  • More than 10 courses related to clinical and translational research offered online across the AHC.

Food Protection and Defense Institute

Health Careers Center

More online courses through the University of Minnesota

Residencies, Fellowships, Postdocs

Continuing professional development