Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is committed to educating exemplary physicians and scholars, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing service at home and abroad. We enhance our communities by providing outstanding primary and specialty care, promoting the dignity and inclusion of all people, and responding to the needs of the medically underserved.
Excellence in Medical Education
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine has a national reputation for its history of innovation and excellence in medical student education.
Nearly 4,000 MD graduates of the college have experienced a unique combination of basic science education on the campus of a large, land-grant university, and clinical education in community campuses located throughout Michigan. More than 300 paid and nearly 4,000 volunteer faculty are committed to teaching core institutional values that mark College of Human Medicine graduates as unique and exemplary: respect of and care for patients, commitment to community, and the incorporation of psychological, social, and spiritual elements into care delivery.
MSU College of Human Medicine was founded in 1964 in response to Michigan's need for primary care physicians. It was the first community-integrated medical school, with a curriculum that emphasized a patient-centered philosophy and a biopsychosocial approach to caring for patients.
Founding faculty held the philosophies of William Osler and Francis Peabody, 19th-century physicians who asserted, "the secret to the care for the patient is caring for the patient," an attitude that continues to guide the school’s curriculum and policies to this day.
The college continues to teach students to focus on patients’ individual needs while developing an understanding of medical science and medicine’s place in society. MSU College of Human Medicine encourages a cooperative and collaborative learning environment. This, combined with individual attention within a comfortable class size of approximately 150 students, helps students maintain their passion and personal well-being as they confront the rigorous demands of medical education.