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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2023) — The Michael D. Rankin M.D. Health Education Building will help transform medical education for future students — and ultimately improve care for patients across Kentucky. 

In October, a groundbreaking was held for the new 500,00-square-foot building, which will house programs in the colleges of MedicinePublic HealthHealth Sciences and Nursing as well as the Center for Interprofessional and Community Health Education

Earlier this month, the UK Board of Trustees approved the naming of the building as the “Michael D. Rankin M.D. Health Education Building.

For this "UK at the Half,” UK President Eli Capilouto discusses what this new building will mean to our campus — and the Commonwealth. 

“UK at the Half” airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on the radio and is hosted by UK Public Relations and Marketing. To hear the “UK at the Half” interview, please see the original article.


As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.  

This article was originally written for UKNOW.