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Mentor Program
Mentor ProgramThe School of Public Health boasts the largest mentor program of any public health school, serving approximately 400 students and mentors with special events and helpful resources for mentor pairs.

We work to provide students with diverse professional experiences. Meanwhile, our mentors play a key role in training future public health leaders. These relationships have proven to be enriching and longstanding.

Questions?
Contact Tara Anderson
Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund
tlanders@umn.edu, 612-626-5536

Students: The program is open to first-year, master-level SPH students. Exceptions may be granted. The deadline to participate in the 2013-14 program was Sept. 21.

New mentors: The program accepts all interested school alumni and public health professionals. Time commitment varies, but averages about one to three hours per month via email, phone, or in-person meetings. Sign up to mentor a student

Returning mentors: Contact Tara Anderson, (tlanders@umn.edu) if interested in mentoring again.

Watch a Mentor Program success story

Mentor News

Mentor program kicks off with meet-and-greet

The McNamara Alumni Center was filled with a “conspiracy of the willing and committed” when the School of Public Health held its Mentor Program Kickoff there on Oct. 25,…

SPH Mentor Program: Q&A with a long-distance mentor

Christie Getman, director of monitoring and evaluation at Lutheran World Relief in Baltimore, Md., signed up to be a mentor in 2012 – her first year with the SPH…

SPH Mentor Program: A Student’s Point of View

When Ashley Mitchell, a first-year Maternal and Child Health student, signed up to participate in the SPH Mentor Program last year, she followed instructions and selected her top five…

Mentor Pair Q&A: Gary Greenfield & Ellen Salieres

SPH Mentor Program pair: Ellen Saliares and Gary Greenfield Gary Greenfield, a family planning grants manager at the Minnesota Department of Health, has been involved in the SPH Mentor…

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a mentor?

Volunteer mentors and students review the student and mentor applications and match participants up appropriately. This happens at the end of September. We’ll notify students and mentors about their match status by Oct. 10. The program is open only to participants who sign up by the deadline.

What is the time commitment?

Approximately 1-3 hours per month, using the communications tools that work best for you and your match. The program officially runs from October through May.

How does the program support me?

The program supports participants by matching participants up appropriately, communicating pair opportunities through a monthly e-newsletter and news updates on this page, and one-on-one guidance.

What do I talk about with my mentor/student?

Discussion items may include both career-oriented and more casual topics. See discussion questions.

Are there materials to aid my mentor relationship?

Yes, the following materials may help

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