Education & Research

Discover how education and research at Essentia Health improve the health of people living in rural communities and enhance the care they receive.

Essentia Institute of Rural Health

The Essentia Institute of Rural Health (EIRH) coordinates educational experiences for health professionals and conducts all research activities at Essentia.

Health Science & Medical Education

Each year Essentia provides nearly 415,000 hours of clinical education to thousands of medical and health sciences students and professionals including:

  • Family medicine residents
  • General surgery residents
  • Pharmacy residents
  • Pharmacy students
  • Medical students
  • Advanced practice nursing students
  • Physician assistant students
  • Nursing students
  • Many other health science profession students


Essentia Health physicians and scientists are involved in hundreds of clinical trials and active research projects. EIRH also collaborates with other top health care and educational organizations, including Duke University, Mayo Clinic, and University of Minnesota.

Education for Success

Whether you’re part of the future generation of health care or an established professional, you’ll find a wide range of educational opportunities at EIRH to help you gain experience, expand knowledge, and enhance patient care. Take advantage of:

Research to Improve Health Care

Help improve health care through scientific and clinical research. Physicians and scientists at EIRH can engage in scientific research, health care delivery studies, and clinical trials. If you’re interested collaborating with EIRH to conduct research at Essentia, you’ll benefit from the support and guidance available at EIRH, including:

Research Sponsors

If you’re a research sponsor, learn more about research at EIRH.

Contact Us

Get more information about the Essentia Institute of Rural Health and its programs. Call 218-786-3940 or 1-877-710-1094.

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