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 centers@umn.edu.

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Health Careers Center

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.

Campus and College: Academic Health Center
Judy Beniak
+ 612 624 6767
Last updated: March 27, 2017

Health Disparities Research, Programs for

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.

Kolawole Okuyemi
+1 612 625 1654
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Health Informatics, Institute for

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.
Campus and College: Twin Cities, Academic Health Center
Connie Delaney
+1 612 626 3348
Last updated: August 13, 2015

Health Interprofessional Programs, Center for

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).

Campus and College: Twin Cities, Academic Health Center
Gina Kundan
+1 612 625 7100
Last updated: August 13, 2015

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute

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.

Mindy Kurzer
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Healthy Youth Development-Prevention Research Center

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
Michael Resnick
+1 612 626 2820
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute

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.

V.V. Chari
+1 612 625 6353
Last updated: February 23, 2017

High Throughput Biological Analysis Facility

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.

Tim Tripp
+1 612 624 6758
Last updated: January 16, 2015

HIV/STI Intervention and Prevention Studies Program

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

Campus and College: Twin Cities, School of Public Health
B.R. Simon Rosser
+1 612 626 8148
Last updated: July 7, 2015

Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Center for

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS), on the Twin Cities Campus, ​promotes academic research, education and public awareness on the Shoah, other genocides and current forms of mass violence.

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.

Three concepts form the core of CHGS’s approach: remembrance, responsibility and progress. Promoting awareness of past genocides and gaining understanding of the causes and devastating consequences of mass violence are essential components of commitment to the prevention of future atrocities. CHGS collaborates and shares expertise and resources with centers, departments and individual faculty members at the University of Minnesota, across the United States and with international academic institutions.
Allejandro Baer
+1 612 624 9007
Last updated: February 23, 2017

Hormel Institute

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.

Zigang Dong
+1 507 437 8804
Last updated: August 13, 2015

Human Capital Research Collaborative

Established in 2006, HCRC is an interdisciplinary center of the University of Minnesota. Our mission is to advance knowledge on the identification, design, understanding, and use of cost-effective programs, policies, and practices from early childhood to young adulthood. In partnership with the Institute of Child Development, College of Education & Human Development, and affiliated scholars and units, we conduct on-going longitudinal research, develop and implement interventions, and evaluate education and social programs. Arthur J. Reynolds (Institute of Child Development) and Judy A. Temple (Humphrey School of Public Affairs) are co-directors.

Arthur Reynolds
+ 612 625 4321
Last updated: September 19, 2017

Human Relations and Social Justice, Roy Wilkins Center for

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. 

Samuel Myers, Jr.
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Human Resources and Labor Studies, Center for

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.

John W. Budd
+1 612 624 2500
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Human Resources Research Institute

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.

Stacy Doepner-Hove
+1 612 624 2500
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Human Rights Center

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.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, Law School
Kristi Rudelius-Palmer
+1 612 626 0041
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Human Sensorimotor Control Lab

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.

Juergen Konczak
+1 612 624 4370
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Human Sexuality, Program in

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.

Eli Coleman
+1 612 625 1500
Last updated: July 28, 2015

HumanFIRST Program

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.

Max Donath
+1 612 625 6023
Last updated: July 28, 2015