"It’s one of the most transformational projects
we’ve had on this campus ever."

- UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen

University of Nebraska Medical Center    UNK Logo and Word Mark Stacked


A partnership between the University of Nebraska at Kearney and University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Rural Health Education Building in Kearney will further address the need for more health care workers in the state’s rural areas. 

The Rural Health Education Building will build upon an existing partnership between UNK and UNMC that’s shown great success. The two institutions opened a $19 million Health Science Education Complex on UNK’s west campus in 2015, and that facility quickly filled to capacity. 

The new Rural Health Education Building will allow UNMC to expand its existing nursing programs and bring new options to the UNK campus, including occupational therapy, medical nutrition, genetic counseling and respiratory care – all high-need areas in rural Nebraska. 

For the first time, the UNMC College of Medicine will educate physicians in rural Nebraska, and a Master of Health Administration will be added to complement UNK’s undergraduate program.  

The Rural Health Education Building will also offer professional development, training and continuing education opportunities for existing health care workers and support research that improves the lives of Nebraskans. 

Rural Health Education in the News