Health & Medicine Research

Make a difference in health and medicine research. Contribute to cutting-edge discoveries that can improve the future of health care.

The University of South Dakota is a leader in continuously advancing the field, recognizing the critical role of research in shaping future healthcare professionals. Guided by experienced faculty members, researchers gain insights into complex medical issues, explore innovative treatment approaches and engage with emerging healthcare technologies. The university's dedication to research excellence, supported by advanced facilities and abundant resources, fosters a collaborative and creative environment that equips researchers with the knowledge, skills and compassion needed to make significant contributions to the medical field, improve patient outcomes and enhance overall healthcare delivery.

Making an Impact

With expert faculty, incredible research opportunities and strong regional partnerships, USD's research centers foster academic excellence and spur economic growth.

Departments & Facilities

Explore the offices, facilities and centers that contribute to research in the areas of health and medicine.
Lee Baugh smiling in front of a monitor showing brain research.

Center for Brain and Behavior Research

The Center for Brain and Behavior Research (CBBRe) promotes outstanding training of research students and fellows, feeding the pipeline of creative independent scientists in the fields of neuroscience and behavioral science.

The Sioux Falls medical campus entrance.

Center for Disabilities

Advocating for increased self-determination, independence and a satisfying quality of life.

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Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment

The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment focuses on delivering education, outreach and research geared toward eliminating child sexual abuse and maltreatment in South Dakota.

The exterior of the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

Teaching and Research Laboratory

Located in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center on USD's campus in Vermillion, the Teaching and Research Laboratory is a centralized location for occupational therapy, physical therapy, kinesiology and sport management, and sports medicine programs. There are collaborative spaces for the various programs, as well as state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories and clinical spaces that facilitate hands-on learning.

Two audiologists with male patient.

USD Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic

At the USD audiology clinic, we know that a full evaluation of your hearing includes responses to tones, speech and assessment of other hearing complaints. We work with you to assess your hearing and discuss your hearing difficulties. We complete comprehensive evaluations for all ages, pediatric to aging adults and all stages of cognitive abilities.

Health sciences students delivering research presentations.

Research Opportunities

Find out more about the variety of research opportunities and resources available to students, faculty and staff.


Medical Student Research

Summer Research Program