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Continuing Education opportunities

University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Schools and Colleges

Continuing Dental Education at the School of Dentistry provides timely and practical continuing dental education for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants.

Continuing Medical Education at the Medical School serves the educational needs of lifelong students of medicine through seminars, workshops, satellite meetings, society meetings, labs, live cases, grand rounds series, online learning activities and individual instruction.

The Continuing Education Office works with the School of Nursing faculty to develop professional education programs that are based on faculty interests and expertise, teaching and research efforts of the centers of excellence, and partnerships with practice and health communities.

Continuing Pharmacy Education at the College of Pharmacy specializes in developing and delivering learning opportunities for practicing pharmacists.

Continuing Education at the School of Public Health covers everything from hazardous waste clean-up to office ergonomics to occupational health nursing.  Opportunities include degree and certificate programs, one-time refresher courses, ongoing roundtables, online courses, and more.

Veterinary Continuing Education at the College of Veterinary Medicine provides life-long learning opportunities for veterinary practitioners, veterinary technicians, veterinary & agricultural industry representatives, food animal producers, and pet owners.

Disaster in Franklin County is a free online public health simulation whre one can earn credits for continuing medical education. It is sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health's Center for Public Health Preparedness.

The Midwest Center for Life-Long-Learning in Public Health, in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, sponsors free face to face and online public health continuing education courses.

Community-Based Faculty Information

The Minnesota AHEC Community-Based Faculty site has consolidated resources from the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center schools and programs.

A Precepting Guide
, developed by the National Health Service Corp Educational Program for Clinical and Community Issues in Primary Care, outlines the roles and responsibilities for health professions preceptors, students, and faculty in developing, conducting and evaluating a clinical experience in a community setting. (opens in PDF)

The Expert Preceptor Interactive Curriculum (EPIC) is a faculty development curriculum in clinical teaching for community practitioners who serve as preceptors to health professions students.

The Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) provides information and resources for preceptors who participate in this University of Minnesota program.

The Bio-Medical Libraries page offers great resources for preceptors and adjunct faculty.

Cultural Competence

Cross Cultural Health Care Program offers cultural competence trainings, interpreter trainings, research projects, community coalition building, and other services in an effort to improve access to culturally and linguistically appropriate health care.

Diversity Rx promotes language and cultural competence to improve the quality of health care for minority, immigrant, and ethnically diverse communities.

The National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) works to increase the capacity of health and mental health programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems.

Office of Minority Health develops health policies and programs to help improve the health of racial and ethnic populations and eliminate disparities.

The Provider's Guide to Quality and Culture is a web-based tool for health professionals interested in providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services to multicultural populations.

Senior Citizens Resource - USDA, Rural Information Center

American Indian Health - National Library of Medicine brings together health and medical resources pertinent to the American Indian population including policies, consumer health information, and research.

Native American Resources - USDA, Rural Information Center

Additional Resources for Health Professionals

The Prevention Education Resource Center(PERC) is a repository of teaching materials related to prevention and population health at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) is a nonprofit, transdisciplinary organization of clinicians, advocates and health care organizations united in a common mission to improve the health of America's underserved populations.

The Council on Graduate Medical Education provides an ongoing assessment of physician workforce trends, training issues and financing policies, and recommends appropriate Federal and private sector efforts on these issues.

The National Area Health Education Center Organization (NAO) offers programs that work with community and academic partners to address the primary health care workforce needs and health promotion and disease prevention information needs of medically underserved communities.

The National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. (NACHC) lists the Primary Care Associations (PCA) web sites.

The Minnesota AgrAbility Program is dedicated to helping farmers work safely and independently by providing practical solutions for a healthy and productive life in agriculture.

Aging Services of Minnesota is nationally recognized for expertise in aging services issues related to long term care, senior housing and supportive services.

Institute for Health Care Improvement works with health professionals throughout the world to accelerate the measurable and continual progress of health care systems toward these bold objectives, leading to breakthrough improvements that are truly meaningful in the lives of patients.

Public Health Foundation is a web site that provides a searchable gateway to information about the infrastructure of public health systems that protect the public's health.

PsyBC offers online continuing education to mental health clinicians, to transcend the boundaries of disciplines and therapeutic modalities that fragment the field, and to promote the use of psychology for understanding social problems.

The mission of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is to provide highly-trained and mobile health professionals who carry out programs to promote the health of the nation, understand and prevent disease and injury, assure safe and effective drugs and medical devices, deliver health services to Federal beneficiaries, and furnish health expertise in time of war or other national or international emergencies.

The Virtual Health Care Team is a collection of interdisciplinary cases sponsored by the School of Health Professions and the School of Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia.

The Alliance for Children and Families provides a variety of services to private nonprofit human service organizations dedicated to serving children and families and/or that are focused on economic empowerment.

Volunteers in Health Care offers online resources for health professionals and organizations looking to organize or expand volunteer-led medical and dental services for the uninsured in their communities. 


Minnesota Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Professions cooperative agreement # 1U76-HP00599-01 funded through Title VII of the Public Health Service Act.

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