Our mission, vision, and values
With 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.
If we transform our way of looking at things we will transform the quality of our life.—Matthieu Ricard
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 Wellbeing Model
At the Center for Spirituality & Healing, 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.
Explore learning opportunities and ways to connect
Whether you want to pursue a degree or certificate, take a course, attend a workshop or event, consult and collaborate with us on custom opportunities, or learn at your own pace online, we have something for you.
Our offerings range from intergrative nursing—the innovative Integrative Health and Healing specialty for the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree—to our popular series on mindfulness-based stress reduction, to international learning experiences, to a self-service wellbeing website, Taking Charge of your Health and Wellbeing. Events have included distinguished speakers such as His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama and mindfulness expert Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, to lecture series and ongoing workshops.
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The University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality & Healing enriches health and wellbeing by providing exemplary education, conducting rigorous research, advancing integrative models of care, and delivering innovative solutions to organizations and communities.
Our vision is to advance the health and wellbeing of individuals, organizations and communities through integrative health and healing.
These values inform the center's work:
Supporting the University's mission
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 Institute on Health Informatics, 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.