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Research

Highlights

Taconite dust raises health risks in MN miners

The final report on a School of Public Health study investigating the health of Minnesota’s taconite industry workers shows an association between mining dust exposure and cases of a…

Maternal diagnoses doesn’t explain variation in cesarean rates across US hospitals

In 2011, cesarean delivery was the most common inpatient surgery in the U.S., making up 32.8 percent of all deliveries and more than 1.3 million births. But while cesarean…

More effective alcohol policies ignored while less effective passed into law

What works to prevent alcohol-related deaths and binge drinking isn’t always what makes it into law. A new study finds that policymakers are significantly more likely to adopt ineffective…

Affordable Care Act: More young adults seek inpatient psychiatric care, ER use declines

In 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded health care coverage to several million previously uninsured young adults. Research out today from the School of Public Health at the…

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Research

Faculty, staff and students in the School of Public Health investigate issues that affect populations worldwide. From research studies focused on neighborhoods in the Twin Cities to large-scale projects spanning several continents, SPH researchers look at health through a prism that includes physiology, the environment, communities, economics and policy.

This research builds on a proud legacy that includes groundbreaking findings like the connection between diet and heart disease that was established in the Seven Countries Study (1967).

Today, our researchers engage in individual studies and collaborate on projects with colleagues across the school, in various University of Minnesota colleges and departments, and at other nationally and internationally recognized institutions.

Robust Portfolio

The School of Public Health boasts the third-largest research portfolio among all colleges at the University of Minnesota. SPH researchers have seen great success in securing competitively awarded research funding. In fiscal 2012 alone:

  • Research grants totaling $78 million were awarded to the school and the number of awards increased 11 percent over the previous year.
  • The majority of that research funding came from the National Institutes of Health. In fact, SPH researchers receive more NIH funding than any other school of public health located at a public university.
  • Each SPH faculty member carries about $589,000 in research awards, making them among the most productive researchers at the UMN.

Contact Info

Beth Virnig
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Research
612-624-4426
virni001@umn.edu

Faculty Expertise

Looking for experts in areas ranging from clinical trials to nutrition and maternal health? See a directory of SPH areas of expertise.

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