Mini Medical School

Held each spring and fall, Mini Medical School offers a unique glimpse into the health sciences at the University of Minnesota. Community learners with a shared interest in health embark on a journey examining the scientific foundations of health and disease. Presented using common language for ease of understanding complex topics, your guides are internationally renowned experts who are shaping the way health care is delivered locally and globally.


Mini Medical School: Midn Matters: the Brain and Mental Health

Mind Matters: the Brain and Mental Health

Spring 2024
Discover the latest breakthroughs in brain science as we unravel the mysteries of basic brain function and development. Delve into the fascinating world of the brain, mental health, and aging through three enlightening sessions led by…
Food, Nutrition, & The Effects of Substances on Health

Food, Nutrition & the Effects of Substances on Health

Fall 2023
Have you ever read a food label and thought what does it really mean? Or wondered why nutrition guidelines or recommendations seem to change year to year? How do soaring temperatures, little rain, and extreme weather conditions around the…
Mini Medical School: Aging and Health

Mini Medical School: Aging and Health

Spring 2023
With more people living longer, we are approaching the tipping point at which our state, country, and world are impacted by the concurrence of lower birth rates and increased longevity in our senior population. 2020 was the first time…
Mini Medical School Healthy Planet, Healthy Lives

Healthy Planet, Healthy Lives

Fall 2022
Healthy Planet, Healthy Lives explores the ways in which the health of our planet is inextricably tied to the health of all life on Earth.
Mini Medical School Evolving with the Pandemic

Evolving with the Pandemic

Spring 2022
Evolving with the Pandemic is an exploratory journey of the latest updates on COVID-19, variants, and boosters, the impact of the pandemic on rural communities and geriatric populations, and resilience and reimagination in a time of…
Health and Wellness During a Pandemic

Health and Wellness During a Pandemic

Fall 2021
Few people could have predicted the world would be approaching the second year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, but here we are with the rollout of effective vaccines, new and more aggressive variants, and still many unknowns about what lies…
Mini Medical School COVID-19 the Way Forward

COVID-19: The Way Forward

Spring 2021
Throughout human history, we have dealt with waves of disease—influenza, smallpox, Ebola, SARS—what makes COVID-19 different, and are we equipped to deal with another pandemic in the future?COVID-19: The Way Forward is an exploratory…
Mini Medical School A Focus on Global Health

A Focus on Global Health

Fall 2020
Mini Medical School: A Focus on Global Health was designed to broaden understanding of how global health impacts local health. COVID-19 has shown that what happens in one part of the world affects communities everywhere. Session topics…
Mini Medical School View of Cancer

A 20/20 View of Cancer

Winter 2020
A 20/20 View of Cancer was designed to give students insight into research centric key cancer concepts and on cancer in Minnesota.This course is now available online!