About Centers and Institutes
The University of Minnesota is home to over 300 research, education, and outreach centers and institutes. This listing will help you identify, learn about, and contact these units.
Interested in partnering with a center or institute? Please contact the Office for Public Engagement.
Center and Institute staff needing to make updates to this list, please contact Elizabeth Duykers.
The Health Careers Center (HCC) at the University of Minnesota is a unique campus resource designed to help students explore health careers, become well-rounded and competitive applicants, and prepare for application to a health professional program. The HCC serves undergraduate students across all UMN undergraduate colleges, in all majors. It also serves high school students and career changes
The Health Careers Center represents a partnership between the University of Minnesota’s undergraduate colleges and the schools/programs within the University’s Academic Health Center.
The Program in Health Disparities Research addresses health inequities among minority and other under-served populations by fostering multidisciplinary research in collaboration with community members and academic partners. The Program aims to support and conduct cutting-edge, extramurally-funded research that focuses on the independent and combined effects of biological, behavioral, social, community, and policy determinants of health disparities.
The Center for Health Equity aims to provide opportunities for scholars and community members to partner and conduct research that can promote health equity.
The Institute for Health Informatics (IHI) leads the interprofessional discovery, application and teaching of health information sciences to improve the health of individuals and communities. The Institute builds and supports teams of biomedical health informatics professionals with expertise in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, veterinary medicine, library science, computer science and management sciences for the purpose of:
- Developing strong interprofessional research teams that engage biomedical health informatics for strengthening the future of health and health care
- Serving as the academic home for professional, graduate and post-graduate education in biomedical health informatics at the University
- Fostering engagement with the community and international partners in applying biomedical health informatics to improve health and health care.
CHIP offers health professions students an exciting opportunity to meet and collaborate with students from other colleges.
Founded in 1970 by students seeking meaningful interaction with their fellow students in other colleges, CHIP now serves students in the six health professional schools and colleges and allied health programs in the Academic Health Center (AHC).
The Healthy Foods, Healty Lives Institute is an interdisciplinary institute that brings together University of Minnesota faculty, staff and students, as well as external constituents, to foster and increase the visibility of food and health research, teaching and outreach at the University of Minnesota.
The Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine is home to Minnesota's Healthy Youth Development-Prevention Research Center (HYD-PRC), one of the premier sites in the country for adolescent health research. At the HYD-PRC researchers are learning about the best methods for providing teens with the necessary skills and opportunities to live healthy and meaningful lives. The center is also learning how to reduce health disparities that exist among Minnesota's young people. In addition to research, the PRC supports the youth-serving community in many ways:
- Promoting best practices
- Evaluating program effectiveness
- Improving policies and systems
- Building public support for young people
- Advising community based organizations
- Training educators, public health professionals, sexuality educators, health care practitioners and youth workers
The Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute, a global initiative in the College of Liberal Arts, was created to inform and influence public policy by supporting and promoting frontier economic research and by communicating findings to leading academics, policymakers, and business executives around the world.
The High-Throughput Biological Analysis Facility provides advanced lab automation and software tools for chemical biology and a wide range of other applications to academic users as well as scientists from industry. Our primary competencies are high-throughput screening, automated colony picking, and macro-arraying. However, the tools are very flexible and we strongly believe that non-traditional users may in fact benefit the most from adapting this equipment for their purposes.
The HIV/STI Intervention and Prevention Studies (HIPS) Program is a multidisciplinary research program with the mission to conduct formative research and to develop and test next generation interventions for HIV/STI prevention and the promotion of sexual health. A nationally recognized strength of our program is the use of Internet-based methodologies applied to HIV prevention, and development of interventions for populations living with HIV and those at greatest risk
The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies was established in 1997 by Dr. Stephen Feinstein as an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Minnesota. CHGS provides premiere academic programs, fostering a community of students studying genocide and mass violence while cultivating the essential connection between scholarly inquiry, education and outreach to different sectors of society. Our work is motivated by the hope to inspire future generations to fight hatred and strengthen democracy, thus ensuring a more peaceful and just world.
The Hormel Institute’s vision is specific: Improve the health of the world The Hormel Institute remains focused on the vision it has had since its beginning in 1942…to help humanity by improving health through scientific research. In sixty-five years of medical research, The Hormel Institute has made significant discoveries that have advanced the health potential for people globally. The Hormel Institute is a world-recognized leader in the scientific field showing that dietary factors prevent and control cancer development. The institute is accelerating cancer research discoveries to achieve its mission: Improve your health and well-being.
The mission of the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice, located at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, is to study and formulate solutions to problems of racial and ethnic inequality. The Wilkins Center conducts quantitative and qualitative research and develops graduate curricula. It promotes dialogue and provides community outreach on issues of greatest concern to communities of color and which have an impact on deteriorating race relations and widening inequality in the United States.
Founded in 1945, the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies is an international leader in human resources and industrial relations education, research, and outreach. As a part of the Carlson School of Management, the Center is dedicated to the study and teaching of human resources, industrial relations, and all facets of the employment relationship. Along with its top-ranked graduate programs in human resources and industrial relations, the Center maintains a specialized reference library, research institute, alumni association, advisory board, and Labor Education Service which provides non-credit classes and training for the labor community.
The Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI) is a faculty/executive partnership comprised of faculty from the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies who are recognized leaders in human resources and labor relations research, and high level executives working in the areas of human resources and/or labor relations. HRRI bridges the scientist-practitioner gap by allowing high level human resources professionals the opportunity to provide feedback on research as it is being designed, and by allowing academics access to potential organizational samples. Organizations partnering with the University on any research receive practitioner summaries stemming from the data collection.
The Human Rights Center works locally, nationally, and internationally to provide training, educational materials, and assistance to professionals, students, and volunteers engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights. The Human Rights Center assists human rights advocates, monitors, students, and educators through five primary programs.
The focus of this laboratory is the motor control and learning of patients with brain injury or brain dysfunction. Central to our mission is the clinical assessment of movement in atypical adult populations or children. Research areas include: Cerebellum and Motor Learning, Movement and Perception in Parkinson`s Disease, Motor and Perceptual Development during Childhood.
The Program in Human Sexuality (PHS) promotes the sexual health of Minnesota, the nation, and the world through preeminence in research, education, clinical service, and advocacy. The Program in Human Sexuality is one of the largest clinical, teaching, and research institutions in the world specializing in human sexuality. We have a strong research agenda in HIV prevention, sexual aggression and compulsive sexual behavior, transgender health, and women’s sexual health that has been supported by millions of dollars in state and federal funding, and we have developed innovative and effective treatment approaches to sexual problems. PHS has led the way nationally and internationally in crucial, often controversial, sexual issues and has worked with local, national, and international health agencies to advance public health policies promoting sexual health.
The HumanFIRST Laboratory (Human Factors Interdisciplinary Research in Simulation and Transportation), established in 2001, is a human factors research laboratory at the University of Minnesota.
The mission of the HumanFIRST Lab is to reduce the rate of injurious and fatal crashes by improving the understanding of driver behavior and by supporting the design and evaluation of usable intelligent transportation systems. As our name implies, the HumanFIRST research strategy is based on a driver-centered approach, considering the "human first" within the transportation system in order to improve safety.
Our core staff of transportation research specialists, including psychologists, computer scientists, and civil and mechanical engineers, gives the HumanFIRST Lab a broad range of research capabilities. This core group is linked to a wide interdisciplinary network of experts in basic and applied sciences throughout the University of Minnesota to provide a flexible and comprehensive research capacity. Through the strategic appointment of visiting scientists and institutions worldwide, the HumanFIRST Lab is connected with research developments on the world stage.