The Center of Excellence (COE) program, funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, was established to assist designated health profession schools and other public and non-profit, or educational institutions strengthen the national capacity to produce a culturally competent healthcare workforce, whose diversity is representative of the U.S. population.

The Center of Excellence (COE) program is designed to strengthen the national capacity to train under-represented minority (URM) students in various health profession fields. The Center of Excellence program is designated to certain Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and/or colleges or universities that have a history of a high enrollment of Hispanic or Native American students. These colleges or universities are required to have a health Professions School of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy. Centers of Excellence programs are also offered to other public and non-profit, or educational entities and graduate programs in mental or behavioral health programs that train a significant number of the targeted minority populations. 

Supported by: 
The Department of Health & Human Services