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Research

Highlights

Pet Projects: CENSHARE returns with a new focus on animal-human interaction research

Petting a dog or cat can be soothing, but is it possible that the company of animals can actually contribute to our good health? CENSHARE director Pam Schreiner and…

Building Models to Predict and Prevent Salmonella Outbreaks

Researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) and College of Veterinary Medicine are working together with industry to determine how high Salmonella levels in ground…

Study Shows Disordered Eating Still a Major Issue for American Teens

A new School of Public Health study shows disordered eating behaviors remain a major health issue for teens despite a recent drop in their prevalence—and shaming messages promoting weight…

CIDRAP Publishes Analysis Examining Ebola Transmission

A new comprehensive analysis from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, involving leading International Ebola researchers, examines what is known about…

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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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