With nearly two decades of experience in healthcare innovation, the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality & Healing has played a pivotal role in improving the health and wellbeing of people, organizations and communities locally, nationally and internationally. Our remarkable faculty, experts drawn from the University and community, are committed to innovation, service and social change.
Aligned with the University's mission of education, research and service, the Center is a pioneer in forging new paths for interprofessional education and research - breaking down silos and disciplinary boundaries. Our diverse and multidisciplinary faculty strive to advance health and wellbeing around the world.
What does this mean for Minnesotans? The Center's work helps create well-educated, collaborative healthcare professionals who provide whole person care, conduct cutting-edge research that helps to drive the economic engine that is Minnesota's health industry, and ultimately work toward healthier families and communities.
Our Founder and Director
Center for Spirituality & Healing founder and director, Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN, has more than 40 years of leadership and expertise in healthcare. Dr. Kreitzer has been a nurse, teacher, healthcare administrator and consistently-funded researcher. Most importantly, she is an internationally-recognized leader, groundbreaking pioneer and innovator in the field of integrative health and wellbeing.
Dr. Kreitzer earned her doctoral degree in public health focused on health services research, policy and administration, and her master's and bachelor's degrees in nursing. In addition to her Center role, she is a tenured professor in the School of Nursing, and is co-director of the doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) program in integrative health and healing, a collaboration between Nursing and the Center.
From 2004-2007, Dr. Kreitzer served as the vice-chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. In 2009, she testified at a US Senate hearing titled, "Integrative Health: Pathway to Health Reform" as well as the Institute of Medicine Summit titled, "Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public."
She is frequently invited to address public audiences as well as academic conferences.
The Center's Wellbeing Model
We believe that wellbeing is not just—or even primarily—about physical health. Rather, wellbeing is about finding balance in body, mind, and spirit. In this state, we feel content, connected, energized, resilient and safe.
Our model identifies six dimensions that contribute to wellbeing. It takes into account our interconnectedness and interdependence with our friends, families, and communities, as well as the personal and global environment we live in. It addresses the importance of security and purpose in our lives.
This model can be conceptualized and expressed at many levels—including the individual, family, organization/system, and community.
We invite you to explore each dimension by visiting our Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing website. Our hope is that this model will lead us to individual, community, and environmental wellbeing.
Collaborating to Achieve the Mission of the University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota, founded on the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the translation of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.
The University's mission, carried out on multiple campuses and throughout the state, is threefold:
- Research and Discovery
- Teaching and Learning
- Outreach and Public Service
The Center for Spirituality & Healing - an integral unit within the Academic Health Center - strongly supports the University's mission by generating knowledge, educating students and serving the greater community through accessible and relevant outreach programs.
A Vital Part of the University's Academic Health Center
The University of Minnesota's Academic Health Center is composed of six schools and colleges that educate health professionals. These include the School of Dentistry, the Medical School, the School of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, the School of Public Health and the College of Veterinary Medicine. It is also home to rich and vibrant interdisciplinary centers and institutes that focus on specific fields of study including the Masonic Cancer Center, the BioMedical Genomics Center and the Center for Spirituality & Healing.
The Academic Health Center is one of the most comprehensive academic health centers in the nation and a leader in interprofessional education - health professionals and students work and learn together.