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Center for Health Education
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Welcome to the Center for Health Education

As the health care industry experiences unparalleled growth, it is more important than ever that you graduate with the best training and real-world experience. At the Center for Health Education and the School of Health Sciences, you are in the right place to launch your professional career. Our students:

  • Gain real-world experience by working in health care teams with peers
  • Exceed national average passage rates in all of their board exams
  • Put their skills to practical use in countries like Guatemala

You already know you want to help others. We help you discover and excel in the health care program that fits you best.

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Known for Excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.
A SHS Student working in the classroom.

Building Highlights

  • Supports the academic, research and service missions of eight of USD’s fastest growing majors in health professional disciplines 
  • Contemporary facility that strengthens the opportunities for interprofessional, collaborative, hands-on experiences in simulation, classroom and lab settings 
  • Complements the existing Lee Medical building by use of similar building materials 
  • Technology-enhanced active learning classrooms, shared faculty and staff workplace, health science labs, simulation rooms, student collaboration and study spaces and an active community dental hygiene clinic

Watch the Ribbon Cutting
SHS students walking down the hallway

State of the art systems

  • First floor houses the Delta Dental Oral Health Center as well as labs and therapy rooms for various programs 
  • Second and third floors include study spaces, labs, classrooms and offices 
  • Natural light within the building; efficient systems save on overall energy costs
  • Built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver rating specifications, with high performance mechanical and electrical systems

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Collaboration realized

Dean Haifa smiling.
Health care is all about collaboration and providing team-based care to our patients, and this building will afford us the opportunity to bring our students together to train as a team so when they go to the health care setting, it’s not a novel concept. They have been trained and have the skills and the abilities to take care of patients in a team-based approach.

Haifa AbouSamra Ph.D

Dean of the School of Health Sciences

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers housed in the Center for Health Education.
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Addiction Counseling & Prevention

A national leader in addiction counseling and prevention education for nearly 50 years, we emphasize state-of-the-art, evidence-based approaches through community partnerships and hands-on experiences.

Dental Hygiene Student Cleaning a Patient's Teeth

Dental Hygiene

The Department of Dental Hygiene provides students with enriching experiences in and beyond the classroom as they prepare for careers in oral health and oral disease prevention.

Medical Laboratory Student and Professor Examining Test Results.

Medical Laboratory Science

Our department prepares students to act as medical detectives on health care teams. With state-of-the-art facilities, NAACLS-accredited clinical partners, hands-on learning opportunities and expert instruction, we provide students with the robust education they need to become certified medical laboratory scientists.

Nursing Student During a Patient Simulation.


Our department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, supporting today's health care workforce and delivery of quality patient care.

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Physician Assistant Studies

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies offers the only physician assistant studies program in South Dakota. Graduates of the program have experienced a 100% job placement rate, with many going on to practice in the state's rural areas. Our faculty provide expert training, preparing our students to become compassionate, competent physician assistants who are leaders and collaborators on the health care team.

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Public Health & Health Sciences

The Department of Public Health and Health Sciences emphasizes collaborative learning, equipping students with a rich understanding of the health care field and preparing them to excel in careers such as advocating for health policy, promoting health through education, managing health data analytics and leading collaborative health care teams. The department offers degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's and doctorate levels.

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Social Work

Our department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work, preparing students to be empathetic, trustworthy and capable social workers. Our faculty bring years of social work experience to the classroom and to their research, and they work to build and improve the field as they develop our future leaders here at USD.