University of North Dakota
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Grand Forks, North Dakota
The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the state’s only medical school, decided to replace its aging facility to increase enrollment, attract distinguished faculty and staff, provide more collaboration among departments, and retain graduates.
The new School of Medicine and Health Sciences accommodates students and staff from all eight school departments in medical, health, and basic sciences. In the past, the departments were housed in separate campus locations due to lack of space. The new facility allows for collaboration among students and staff in different fields, helping students learn about areas outside of their specialization.
The main floor includes an auditorium, gathering spaces, a cafeteria, and a highly-detailed simulation center designed for public access. Every space, including the anatomy classroom, is designed with access to sunlight, which is highly unusual in medical education.