Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC)

HSEC outdoor rendering

Shaping the future of health care

New education facility will enhance teamwork among health professionals, preparing students to meet the changing needs of communities across Minnesota and around the world.

Creating a space for teamwork, innovation, and learning

This state-of-the-art facility will help us train health professionals who are ready to leverage each other’s talents—to improve the health of the communities we serve.

Cabaret in HSEC building

The Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC) will provide a unifying space that students and faculty can be proud of and that will promote teamwork across schools. The new space will improve the student experience and will help us to attract the best and the brightest students and faculty to our state.

The University of Minnesota health sciences form one of the largest, most comprehensive academic health centers in the nation. We provide Minnesota with 70-percent of its healthcare professionals. It’s critical that we train our students to work together to provide the highest quality care to patients.

HSEC building construction is underway

Minnesota leaders break ground on the Health Sciences Education Center, which will help meet the state’s rapidly growing health care needs and provide active-learning spaces for team-based care.

View the groundbreaking

Watch a timelapse of the project

Facility details

This new facility is vital as we prepare students and practicing health care professionals for an interprofessional, team-based approach to patient care.

  • University of Minnesota team: Academic Health Center, Office of Capital Planning and Project Management, Biomedical Library
  • Design team: Perkins + Will and SLAM
  • Location: Current site of the VFW Cancer Research Center and the Masonic Memorial building at Harvard and Delaware streets. The new facility will connect and extend into the Phillips-Wangensteen Building (PWB) where some existing space will be renovated.

A place to engage, connect, and re-charge

HSEC far away rendering


Leading the nation

At 202,000 gross square feet, the Health Sciences Education Center will be one of the most comprehensive interprofessional education facilities in the country.

Cabaret in HSEC building


Students at the center

The classrooms will be the center of health sciences interprofessional education. A mix of active learning and small group teaching spaces will support this student-centered model. Explore a virtual tour of the cabaret two-level classroom

Rendering of IPL in HSEC building


Study space for all

Quiet study, group study, and social spaces will be provided throughout the facility to promote interprofessional interaction and study opportunities.

Rendering of Wangsteen display in HSEC building

Revamped library

The Biomedical Library and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine will be integrated into HSEC to support the knowledge life cycle. Emerging technologies, staff with deep expertise, and a world-renowned collection of rare books and manuscripts will spark innovation and transform learning through knowledge discovery, use, creation, and sharing. Features include virtual and augmented reality, data visualization, 1:Button video recording studios, a makerspace with tools to support problem-based learning, and a Faculty Commons to facilitate technology integration into the learning environment.

HSEC simulation room rendering


State-of-the-art simulation

HSEC will bring together the AHC Simulation Center and Interprofessional Education and Resource Center and SIMPortal to create 1Health SIM, promoting collaborative simulation training. The facility will include both acute and ambulatory care spaces, trainer stations, briefing/debriefing rooms and actor prep spaces where interprofessional teams can train in sophisticated settings.

HSEC outdoor rendering


Front door to health sciences

The building will serve as the new “front door” for the Academic Health Center and will include a student services, recruitment and visitors center; a café; and interprofessional student  lounge spaces.


Responding to the needs of health care providers

This facility will help Minnesota become a national leader for interactive education and training, producing a health professional workforce that is ready to meet the needs of the community. The Health Science Education Center (HSEC) embodies the commitment by the University of Minnesota and the state of Minnesota to health care education.

This new education facility is critical to the future success of our students. It will replace old and outdated classrooms to provide:

  • interprofessional and active-learning environments
  • access to technology and simulation needed to train the next generation of health care providers.

HSEC is being created in response to the needs of the healthcare industry, and will ultimately improve care for patients across Minnesota. The health care systems have told us graduates need to know how to work together in teams before entering the workforce. Training all professions to work at the top of their license and to collaborate as teams will increase access and affordability of care.

HSEC cabaret classroom rendering

It is critical for health education to move from the lecture hall to active, team-based learning in the same type of small-group environments that students will encounter as practicing healthcare professionals