Health Professional Shortage Areas & Medically Underserved Areas/Populations

Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUAP) help meet the health care needs of medically underserved rural and urban areas of Minnesota. The Office of Rural Health & Primary Care helps underserved sites determine service areas, provides statistical information, and prepares applications for federal shortage area designation. [Information about the designation of HPSA and MUAP.]

Health Professional Shortage Areas in Minnesota



Mental Health

  • Rural (PDF: 871KB/1pg)
    (Note: Currently the state has no mental health HPSAs in the Twin Cities metro/urban area)

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Shortage Designation website has more information on HPSA criteria as well as a searchable database of designated shortage areas by county or by address.

Medically Underserved Areas/Populations in Minnesota

  • Use the searchable database on the HRSA website to find Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUAPs) by county or by address.

HRSA’s Medically Underserved Areas/Populations site has more information on MUA and MUP criteria and guidelines.

Contact for more information

Lee Schutz

Updated Monday, May 18, 2015 at 05:07PM