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Health Education Outreach Center

World-Class Anatomy Education


 How will it help?


​Education in human gross anatomy makes up 50 percent of the first-year medical school curriculum. So students who receive excellent anatomy instruction as undergraduates have a jump start on medical school. For this reason, the Health Education Outreach Center will help attract to Colorado the best and brightest aspiring physicians, benefitting the state and its public universities.

The Health Education Outreach Center will provide human gross anatomy and neuroanatomy training in state-of-the-art laboratories on the Colorado State University campus – advancing the university’s longstanding expertise in subjects central to human medicine. Breaking ground in the summer of 2017, the four-story project will connect to the existing Anatomy/Zoology building on the east and south sides. The extension will join the Chemistry and Biology buildings on the new Science Quad in the winter of 2018.

Laboratories in the Health Education Outreach Center

Plans call for large windows to allow natural light in the labs, which include:

  • Human gross anatomy
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Digital anatomy
  • Virtual reality

The building will also house Department of Biomedical Sciences offices, and a first-floor outreach center designed to bring science to life for students and visitors of all ages.

Colorado State University and the National Western Center

Colorado State University has made a long-term commitment to the reimagining of the National Western Center in North Denver, and the communities surrounding the project. Efforts are under way to create partnerships with community schools, non-profits and businesses, and to actively engage in the community.

A key and founding partner in the National Western Center, CSU will have three buildings within the 250-acre complex upon completion. The project, which will break ground in the coming years, expands and regenerates the current National Western Stock Show site, turning it into a vibrant, year-round experiential, community-centric, life-long learning destination in the heart of Denver.

As Colorado’s land-grant university, CSU’s mission of research, service, and access, fits with the outreach mission of the National Western Center. CSU’s plans at the new center focus on research and education programming in the areas of food systems, water, environment, energy and health. The university has initiated programming and service outreach efforts before buildings are constructed, as part of its commitment to the area. For additional information, visit the National Western Center's website.