The Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Health Sciences (OAVPAHS) provides leadership and guides strategic visioning for health science education at the University of Minnesota to meet state and national workforce needs. 

This includes leading the transformation and integration of innovative interprofessional education and practice among the health sciences schools, colleges and programs to ensure that every learner acquires the competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice.  The OAVPAHS also expands interprofessional education and practice beyond the health science schools/colleges/programs (e.g. design, engineering, business) for opportunities to prepare students for collaborations that will address health care needs of individuals, communities and populations and reshape health care delivery. 

The OAVAHS reports directly to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and works in close collaboration with the Office of Clinical Affairs.

Academic Health Sciences Units


The advancement of interprofessional education and collaborative practice is central to the focus of this office and is accomplished through the 1Health curriculum.  The 1Health curriculum is intended to prepare all health science students, in collaboration with the health science schools/colleges/ programs, to meet the four core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice.  The 1Health curriculum is developed, implemented and evaluated by faculty from health science program.

Center for Allied Health Programs

This Center was established in 2006 as a means to foster innovation and collaboration in allied health and address statewide workforce needs.  The Center hosts two academic programs: Occupational Therapy and Medical Laboratory Sciences.  These academic programs span the tri-mission through education, outreach and research.  Both programs are delivered using a hybrid educational approach that blends distance (technology-enhanced) and face-to-face instruction along with practica.

Center for Health Interprofessional Programs (CHIP)

This student focused Center serves students in the six health professional schools and colleges and allied health programs in the Academic Health Center. It provides structure and support for co-curricular programmatic initiatives that enhance the aims of interprofessional education such as interprofessional local and national case competitions and 7 interprofessional student groups.

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education

The National Center is a unique public-private partnership charged by its funders to provide the leadership, evidence and resources needed to guide the nation on the use of interprofessional education and collaborative practice as a way to enhance the experience of health care, improve population health and reduce the overall cost of care. They do this by aligning interprofessional education and collaborative practice (the “new IPE”) with transforming health care delivery.

Pre-Health Student Resource Center

This Center works with individuals who are not currently in a health sciences program, but are interested in pursuing admittance to a Health Sciences program.  Prospective students could be University of Minnesota undergraduate students, transfer or high school students.  The Center offers exploratory course work, counseling, pathway advising and outreach events for prospective students.

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