• Center Named in Honor of Earl E. Bakken

    The University of Minnesota announces that the Center for Spirituality & Healing has been named in honor of Medtronic co-founder Earl E. Bakken.

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  • Lifestyle Medicine Online CE Course

    Gain lifestyle medicine knowledge. Prepare for the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching National Board Exams.

    Self-paced, online course is now open for registration.

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  • Register for Summer and Fall Courses

    Registration opens soon for Summer and Fall academic courses. Our courses are open to current and prospective students, and also members of the general public.

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  • Become a Health Coach


    Integrative Health and Wellbeing coaching, an emerging method of partnering with patients to achieve their overall goals, is practiced from a holistic perspective that views each person as intrinsically whole and the ultimate expert in his or her healing journey. Health coaching is being offered in a wide range of venues including hospitals, clinics, community health and fitness facilities, corporations, educational institutions, and private practices. If you're interested in becoming a health coach, information sessions will be held in January, and the application for Fall 2016 admission is due soon.

    Read more about our Integrative Health & Wellbeing Coaching programs.

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

    Spend 8 weeks and learn new skills for responding to stress and improving your wellbeing through mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction classes begin soon in various Twin Cities metro locations.

    Register for MBSR

With two decades of experience in healthcare innovation, the Center has played a pivotal role in improving the health and wellbeing of people, organizations and communities at the local, national and international levels. Our remarkable faculty, experts drawn from the University and the 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.

No matter where you are on your journey to increased wellbeing, we encourage you to discover, learn, engage and partner with us.

Recent News

Health Care Professional Speaking with Elderly Female PatientCenter Experts: How to Talk About Dying

Dying is an uncomfortable topic of conversation. No one wants to bring it up, not even our doctors. Unfortunately, this leads to miscommunication about how a person wants to die.

In fact, about 7 in 10 Americans would prefer to die at home, but only about a quarter of them actually do.

“There is a fundamental disconnect between what happens and what we want, and that stems from a lack of communication about dying,” said Frank Bennett, MDiv., senior fellow in the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality & Healing and former hospital chaplain and minister.

Read more on Health Talk.

Featured Course

CSPH 5905 Header

*Note: This course is offered online in the fall, and in-person spring/summer. 

Course Description

Principles of nutrition related to metabolic function. Model attempts to reduce chronic disease by looking for underlying causes/triggers and to intervene to restore function and achieve optimal health. Emphasizes importance of nutrition as a component of self-care.

Upcoming Events

Emily Esfahani Smith
Monday, November 6, 2017 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm

Coffman Memorial Union Theater 
300 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

This lecture rounds up the latest research—and the words of great thinkers across generations—to argue that the search for meaning can immeasurably deepen our lives and is far more fulfilling than the pursuit of personal happiness.