Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., will expand to Arizona and have an integrated master’s program with Arizona State University, according to a Tuesday press release.

At the new branch of the Mayo Medical School, students will also complete a master’s degree in the Science of Health Care Delivery from ASU concurrent with their medical degree. 

“Mayo Medical School is believed to be the first medical school in the U.S. to offer an embedded masters degree in the science of health care delivery,” said ASU president Michael Crow. “ASU is proud to partner with Mayo in this innovative approach to providing future physicians with the complementary competencies needed to deliver high-value care.”

Since 2003, Mayo and ASU have collaborated on a number of projects including a joint nursing education program, collaborative research projects, joint faculty appointments and dual degree programs, according to an ASU press release.

“This is very good news for all of Arizona,” said Gov. Jan Brewer. “It’s a great example of how Mayo Clinic and ASU are working together to continue to raise Arizona’s profile as a national and international hub for innovation in medical education and health care delivery.”

The branch of Mayo Medical School will be based on Mayo’s Scottsdale campus in buildings to be remodeled and retrofitted expressly for this purpose. The program has a projected enrollment of 48 students per class.

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