About

Aerial view of the Academic Health Center main campus on the East Bank campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis

The University of Minnesota health sciences combine to form one of the largest, most comprehensive academic health centers in the nation. And you're part of it.

The Academic Health Center (AHC) at the University of Minnesota is home to six colleges and schools, several AHC-wide centers, and more than 100 centers, institutes, hospitals, and clinics. We focus on:

  • Training the next generation of health professionals
  • Advancing critical research
  • Growing Minnesota's economy and supporting the business climate
  • Providing high quality care to individuals, families, and communities
  • Preventing diseases before they start

The University of Minnesota is at the hub of innovation in healthcare, with geographical access to world-class hospitals and clinics as well as high-tech medical corporations.

By supporting the mission of education, discovery, and leading-edge care, we aim to improve the health of people and animals across Minnesota and around the world.

Discover more about the Academic Health Center

New to the AHC?

Welcome! You'll likely have a lot of questions as you start your new job at the Academic Health Center (AHC).

We've compiled a list of resources to help before and after your arrival.

New employees

Get to know us

Some interesting people make this place work. Meet other Academic Health Center employees. Nominate a colleague to be featured.

Submit items or subscribe to the AHC's employee newsletter at ahcnews@umn.edu.

About the AHC Resource Hub

The AHC Resource Hub provides a go-to source for AHC employees to find the people, forms, policies, and resources to do their jobs. The site shows how AHC’s shared service units support the organization and incorporates central University resources as relevant.

Support units and administration for the Academic Health Center

Governing body for faculty at the Academic Health Center

Our path to excellence lies in collaboration. Whether it’s training students to work together in teams or it’s joining forces on critical research, leveraging our diverse strengths is what will help us succeed.

—Brooks Jackson, vice president for health sciences, University of Minnesota

What makes the Academic Health Center an amazing place?

At the Academic Health Center, researchers, educators, and health professionals thrive in an environment where cross-discipline teamwork is valued, encouraged, and rewarded. Their drive to discover leads the way to a healthier future for all people.

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Accelerating discovery

Researchers and clinicians from different disciplines work side by side in the collaborative Biomedical Discovery District, a “scientific neighborhood” that maximizes resources and houses 1,000 investigators.

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Clinical partnerships

We work with 1,500+ clinics across Minnesota, many of them in Greater Minnesota and underserved communities, providing care tailored to all Minnesotans and varied clinical rotations for students.

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Training the workforce

The University of Minnesota trains about 70 percent of Minnesota’s health care providers, including doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, public health workers, and veterinarians. Explore our degree programs.

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Research leader

The University of Minnesota is at the hub of innovation in healthcare, in research topics such as brain sciences, cancer, cardiovascular disease, children's health, diabetes, infectious disease, and stem cells.

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Innovative firsts

The University of Minnesota's history of health innovation includes the first open-heart surgery, first pancreas and human bone marrow transplants, creation of the Alzheimer’s mouse model, and discovery of the diet-heart disease connection.

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Interprofessional education

The University provides students and healthcare professionals with a team-based, experiential approach to patient based care, and we created the nation’s first coordinating center for interprofessional education.

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Discovering new treatments

University researchers developed one of the most effective AIDS drugs, made strides to restore cognition in Alzheimer’s patients, and used islet transplants to reverse type 1 diabetes. Discover more on our Health Talk blog.

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Simulation experiences

Simulation education is leading the way to improved patient safety. With new technologies emerging every day, our students develop valuable, hands-on clinical expertise in a simulation setting, learning how to create a better patient experience.