Support Our Students: Advocate for the Health Sciences Education Building

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Naomi McDonald, Director of Communications
May 8, 2017

The University of Minnesota’s health sciences schools form one of the nation’s great Academic Health Centers (AHC). As part of the AHC, our patient-centered teams at the Medical School collaborate across the health professions to produce fundamental advances in care for individuals and communities, and we educate and train students to meet our state’s growing and rapidly changing health care needs.

Sixty-two hundred health science students are educated at the University of Minnesota each year and a facility is needed to support interdisciplinary team-based learning and care.

The Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC) will provide interprofessional and interactive learning, as well as the access to technology and simulation that is critical to training the next generation of health care providers. This building is crucial to the success and safety of students, the healthcare industry, and most importantly, our patients.

Project Description

  • Construct and renovate educational facilities
  • Replace over 100,000 square feet of outdated facilities that do not support fundamental changes under way in the education and training of health care professionals
  • Build active-learning classrooms, simulation centers, small group rooms, a technology-rich health sciences library and learning commons, and spaces for student services and amenities Support interdisciplinary learning across all health science professions
  • Provide state-of-the-art facilities to prepare students for the health care world of tomorrow


  • Educate students and current practitioners in patient-centered, team-based care and collaboration across the health professions
  • Prepare the workforce to meet Minnesota’s growing and rapidly changing health care needs
  • Set the national standard for interactive, engaged health education and training
  • Compete to recruit and retain the best students and faculty
  • Meet new, more stringent national accreditation requirements for health sciences schools Provide more efficient, student-centered education
  • Incorporate the latest health research and new care models into the education and training of health care professionals

Seventy percent of Minnesota’s health professionals trained at the University of Minnesota Medical School and this facility will advance integrated health care across our state.

Please support the University of Minnesota’s Health Science Education Building. Legislative action is needed. Please contact your lawmakers and ask them to support the HSEC. 


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