Toben F. Nelson ScD » Faculty

Research Interests:Health policy, organizational change, health behavior during developmental transitions, influence of sports participation on health, social determinants of health, program evaluation, prevention of alcohol-attributable harm, physical activity promotion, o

Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Community Health

Address Div. Epidemiology & Community Health 1300 S. 2nd Street Suite 300 Minneapolis MN 55454 Work Phone: 612-626-9791 Website: Alcohol Epidemiology Program Website: Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study Website: Project ScOPE - School Obesity-related Policy Evaluation Website: Minnesota Child Welfare Research Collaborative Website: Healthy Youth Sports Study Website: Every Day - Toben Nelson
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  • ScD (Public Health), Harvard University
  • MS (Kinesiology), University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BA (Psychology & Physical Education), Hamline University

Courses Taught

  • PubH 6020 Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • PubH 6078 Public Health Policy as a Prevention Strategy
    (with T. Toomey)
  • PubH 6333 Human Behavior I


Alcohol, Alcohol: Policy, Alcohol: Prevention, Behavior & Health, Child / Adolescent Health, Community Intervention, Community-Based Research, Epidemiology: Social, Injuries / Injury Prevention, Obesity, Obesity: Adult, Obesity: Child, Physical Activity, Policy / Politics, Surveys, Tobacco, Tobacco: Policy, Tobacco: Prevention

Professional Experience:

  • 2013 – present – Associate Professor, Div. of Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota
  • 2007-2013 – Assistant Professor, Div. of Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota
  • 2005-2007 – Research Associate, Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity, Harvard School of Public Health


  • 2012 – U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention, Center Fellow
  • 2010 – Injury Prevention Fellow, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • 2010 – Impact Award, Youth Determined to Succeed
  • 2008 – Highly cited author on underage/college drinking 1998-2008, Essential Science Indicators: Thomson Reuters
  • 2008 – Most Influential Research Articles of 2008, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • 2006 – Senior Scholar in Prevention, Outside the Classroom
  • 1991 – Kent Bracewell Senior Athlete Scholar Award, Hamline University
  • 1990 – Donald Swanson Award, Outstanding Junior in Psychology, Hamline University

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