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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

Sign up for the 2014-15 mentorship program

“The opportunity I had to participate in the mentor program was one of the best experiences of my first year as an MPH student.”  SPH boasts the largest mentor…

Family ways: Van Liew inspired by parents’ commitment to kids and community

Photo credit: Joe Finnegan Graduate student Juliann Van Liew cares deeply about forging healthy families and was definitely thinking of her own when she decided to enroll in the…

Fall 2014 Course Highlight: Integrated Family Health Care

FSoS 8560 – Integrated Family Health Care meets Tuesdays, 8:30 – 11:15 a.m. This course is designed to introduce graduate learners to the theory, fundamentals and practical applications of…

Aug. 2014 Course Highlight: Focus on Food Systems

About the program The 2014 Focus on Food Systems program explores the interconnections of food, animal feed, fiber and fuel in the economics, culture, policy and health of our…

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