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Diversity at the SPH

The global, population-based nature of public health demands that the School of Public Health seek and train students of all racial, ethnic, economic and educational backgrounds. Such diversity enriches the learning experience and helps build excellence in public health leadership.

Currently, nearly 20 percent of our students are students of color, while nearly 15 percent are international students. The majority of our students are women and the average age of our students is 29.

Diversity in the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are located within a major metropolitan area with something for everyone. Minnesota’s famed quality of life is a major draw for students and professionals alike. The cities are home to a nationally recognized arts and theater community, as well as music venues, crafts fairs, cultural celebrations and world-class restaurants.

Immigrant communities thrive in the Twin Cities. Somalis, Southeast Asians and Eastern Europeans have in recent years joined the more established Hispanic and African American communities. Also included in the cultural blend are American Indians, who are represented in the Twin Cities and in greater Minnesota.

Diversity Resources

Community of Scholars Program: This program aims to create an institutional environment that supports the academic and professional success of graduate students who have historically been underrepresented.

Graduate Student Organizations: We invite you to network and build a supportive community by becoming an active member in a graduate student organization.

Health Disparities Work Group: This group’s mission is to give greater visibility to health disparities research, foster collaborations, and ensure SPH students are well-trained to work in a diverse society.

Office for Equity and Diversity: The OED is responsible for the university’s equity and diversity initiatives and programs, and for infusing the core values of equity and diversity into all aspects of teaching, learning, research, service and outreach.

Student News

Earning Respect

The first time School of Public Health student Eliza Cowan met with women from the “untouchables” caste in rural India, she found them to be nothing like their disparaging…

Student Group Wins Diggs Excellence Award

The School of Public Health’s Student Ebola Action Committee (SEAC) was honored with the 2015 Tony Diggs Excellence Award for Innovation on April 2. Members of the Student Ebola Action…

Sherry to Study Mosquitos Carrying Lethal Diseases in Puerto Rico

The WHO estimates that each year there are more than 300 million dengue infections worldwide, 96 million of those being lethal dengue hemorrhagic fever, largely affecting children. Chikungunya, a…

2015 Delta Omega SPH Inductees Named

Congratulations to the 27 members of the SPH community chosen by the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health for induction into the University’s Pi Chapter of the organization. 2014 Delta Omega–Pi…

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