The University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus was founded in 1972 with a mission to be a leader in educating physicians dedicated to family medicine, to serve the needs of rural Minnesota and Native American communities.

Kevin Diebel, PhD


Kevin Diebel, PhD has agreed to serve both as Curriculum Dean and Regional Campus DeanDuluth Campus. Dr. Diebel is an outstanding and committed educator who brings his experience as assistant dean for Curriculum, Assessment, and Evaluation to the roles. 

Training Primary Care Physicians
Alumni Practice in Rural Communities
Largest American Indian Grad
Family Medicine
Duluth Research

Our research relates both to our mission and connects with the broader Medical School research objectives. Health issues relevant to rural, underserved and Native American communities are at the center of what we do. Research on the regional campus spans molecular to community-based research. Multidisciplinary studies in Biomedical Sciences explore the molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms underlying human disease with a focus on neuroscience. Community-engaged participatory research in Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health is diverse, studying stress and resilience as well as legal deserts in rural Minnesota.  The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team works to preserve brain health in Native American communities by an improved understanding of dementia and diabetes as an interactive syndemic. The Duluth Global Health Research Institute and Office for Research Support also facilitate our clinical and academic work to improve access to medical science discovery on a broader scale.

duluth education

There are two main departments on the Duluth campus and over 130 faculty members. Our clinical faculty can be found throughout the state, and our on-campus faculty work primarily to educate undergraduate medical students and conduct research. We often interact with the Twin Cities campus remotely to continue engagement with the school's overall mission and goals.

duluth students

Through standard coursework and specialized one-on-one clinical teaching experiences, our students are trained to deliver expert care for rural and Native American communities. After two years in Duluth, our students have a variety of options for completing their medical education, including the Rural Physician Associate Program or clerkships in Duluth, Minneapolis, or St. Paul.

Keck School of Medicine Building

Hassle is a word we don't really hear up in Duluth. Getting to campus couldn't be easier, with plenty of parking and housing options across the street. Our faculty and staff are more than approachable, they're friends and allies to the students who come here. The city is vibrant and fun, with a lot of history and some truly amazing food. The beauty of the North Shore can't be beaten, and for anyone who loves the outdoors, there's plenty to see and do near Duluth.