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- Research Centers
- Center for Comparative Effectiveness Analytics
- Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (CHPPR)
- Center for Neurodegenerative Disorder Research
- Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in the Epigenomics of Development and Disease
- Center of Excellence for Host-Pathogen Interactions
- North Dakota IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)
- Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center
- Clinical Centers
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- Center for Rural Health
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center
- Mobile Simulation (SIM-ND)
- National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative
- National Resource Center on Native American Aging
- North Dakota Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
- Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)
- Rural Surgery Support Program
- Simulation Center
- About Us
The University of North Dakota School of Medicine was founded in 1905 as a two-year school of basic science located in UND's Science Hall. It offered graduates a B.S. Med degree until its expansion to a four-year, doctor of medicine program in 1973. The first University of North Dakota School of Medicine M.D. graduates were granted degrees in 1976.
The first two years of students' medical education are provided in Grand Forks on-campus, while the third and fourth years occur in the clinical setting in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot, and other communities around the state.
In 1996, the School's name changed to the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) to reflect the diversity of educational and research activities that occur at the School, which had grown to include not only physicians-in-training, but professional programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical laboratory science, physician assistant studies, athletic training/sports medicine, public health, and master and doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences and clinical-translational science.
The latest version of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences building, which opened in July 2016, was designed to foster collaborative learning and interprofessional education. It features a live animal vivarium, gross anatomy laboratory, eight learning communities (where students from all disciplines intermingle and learn each others' role in the health system), and the state's largest Simulation Center.
Over $20 million of research--most of it federally funded by agencies such as the CDC and NIH--is conducted by faculty and graduate student researchers each academic year. SMHS research specializations include neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, infectious disease, the environmental and genetic bases of diseases like cancer (epigenetics), immune and inflammatory disease, and health disparities between different populations.
Finally, the public SMHS building, which was dedicated to the citizens of North Dakota who financed its construction, serves also as a free art gallery. Displaying hundreds of works by world-renowned artists whose pieces have ended up in UND's collection over the years, the School offers visitors to the building the free viewing of pieces by Honore Daumier, Emily Lunde, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Daniel Heyman, and Audrey Flack, among others.