School of Medicine & Health Sciences
In May 2013, the 63rd Assembly of the North Dakota Legislature approved funding for a new $123.76 million, 325,000-square-foot, four-story UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) building.
The structure has a north-south oriented “Main Street” around which there are clustered various classrooms, small-group rooms, an auditorium, simulation center, anatomy labs, and learning communities. To the east is a wing for faculty, staff and administrative offices, and the west wing houses much of our research enterprise. The new facility also provides—for the first time under one roof—a home for all of the School’s departments, some of which have had to be housed in separate locations on the Grand Forks campus for lack of space at the current SMHS headquarters.
This new building allows the School to fully implement its Healthcare Workforce Initiative, a four-pronged plan to help address North Dakota’s healthcare workforce needs now and in the future by reducing disease burden, retaining more of the School’s graduates for practice in North Dakota, training more practitioners, and improving the efficiency of the state’s healthcare delivery system.