The Faculty of Medicine is one of five faculties at Umeå University (www.umu.se) and is responsible for 12 undergraduate programmes, research, and postgraduate education in biomedicine and nursing. The faculty has approximately 1040 employees (whereof 286 are teachers/researchers with PhDs), about 3000 fulltime undergraduate students, and 450 in postgraduate programmes (whereof over 150 are employed as doctoral students). The faculty includes 13 departments and two research-oriented centres.
Umeå University has chosen to invest in 12 research environments or “Areas of Excellence", of which the following fully or partly engage researchers at the Faculty of Medicine: Population Studies -Ageing and Living Conditions, Biological Chemistry, Cancer Research, Gender Studies, Infections, Nervous System, Social Welfare Research, and Metabolic Diseases.
On April 1, 2009, the different animal facilities at the university were coordinated into one unit at the Faculty of Medicine. The unit director is assisted by an advisory board with representatives from veterinarians, animal care personnel and representatives elected by researchers conducting animal research.