The University of Minnesota’s health sciences schools forms 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. Thanks to the State of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota has secured the funding needed to build the educational facility.  

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  • Replace over 100,000 square feet of outdated facilities that do not support fundamental changes under way in the education and training of health care professionals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, spaces for student services and amenities to 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 are trained at the University of Minnesota Medical School. This facility will advance integrated health care across our state.

Tentative Schedule 

Funding was granted for the building in the 2017 state bonding bill. The anticipated completion date of the building is slated to be fall of 2019 to early 2020.