The University of Minnesota Rochester is home to the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS), Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP), and Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology (BICB) degree programs. UMR also offers a selection of other degrees and certificates in partnership with other campuses within the University of Minnesota system.
The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) is the newest campus of the University of Minnesota system having been formally established in December 2006. With over 35 academic programs available in Rochester, UMR provides graduate and undergraduate degrees, conducts research, and pursues outreach services focusing in the areas of health sciences and biotechnology while continuing its commitment to offer high quality academic programming in business, education, technology, public health, and social work.
The Rochester Higher Education Development Committee (RHEDC) delivered a report to the Legislature and the Governor in January of 2006. The committee’s recommendation was to establish "a world class higher education institution that leverages the University of Minnesota’s research capability, in partnership with IBM, Mayo Clinic and other industry leaders to build signature academic and research programs that complement southeast Minnesota’s existing leadership roles in health sciences, biosciences, engineering and technology." UMR has expanded its collaborations and partnerships beyond the academic programs to working hand-in-hand with local establishments to provide student housing, recreation, and entertainment as well.