Advancing Health Care in Michigan


The CMU College of Medicine educates diverse students and trains culturally-competent physicians to provide comprehensive health care and services to underserved populations in Michigan and beyond. Our faculty, staff and graduates advance health and wellness through exceptional education, innovative research, quality patient care and strategic collaborations to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

We will realize our bold vision by producing future generations of well-trained physicians, developing new solutions from innovative research, improving access to high-quality health care and forging strategic partnerships to build thriving communities and better lives for all people in Michigan. 

To deliver results that positively impact Michigan, the CMU College of Medicine is:

  • Leading public health engagement on mental health, opioid abuse, childhood trauma, suicide prevention and more
  • Collaborating with partner hospitals, physicians, private corporations, state agencies and other universities
  • Growing in clinical care delivery for medically underserved populations
  • Increasing opportunities for student, resident and continuing medical education
Nationwide, the demand for new physicians is growing faster than medical schools can graduate them - and Michigan is no exception.
Michigan's supply of primary care physicians meets only 63% of the state's current need. Of our 83 counties, 51 are designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. Many of these underserved areas are in the rural communities of Central and Northern Michigan.
Our region's health care future may be in critical condition, but the CMU College of Medicine was established specifically to address this concern... Read More
As part of our commitment to improving access to quality health care in Michigan, we've made it our mission to address our area's urgent public health concerns, including:
  • Opioid abuse
  • Suicide prevention and support
  • Infant health
  • Behavioral and mental health
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Supporting healthy aging
  • Physician burnout and suicide
To achieve our mission, the College of Medicine works collaboratively with other health care providers and public health influencers to positively impact the quality of care and health delivery in the region... Read More

Delivering on our mission to help Central and Northern Michigan communities obtain and retain the skilled physicians they so desperately need doesn't just contribute to the physical health of those areas - it also contributes to their economic growth.

Physicians have a significant economic impact on the communities where they live and practice. In fact, health care and its associated industries and services have a greater impact on the economy than any other financial sector... Read More