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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

A ride to remember

In the summer of 2014, SPH student Michelle Gin led a group of doctors, medical students and other health professionals on a two-week, 800km bicycle journey across Kazakhstan. Participants…

Guidance for travel to West Africa

The University of Minnesota has been carefully monitoring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and is taking appropriate steps to be prepared to deal with any potential impact to…

Get Free Volunteering Liability Insurance Through PubH 0020

Each year, many students in the School of Public Health choose to give back to their community by volunteering with local non-profit organizations. We’re proud of our students who…

A Credible Contribution

Most students have felt at some point like they’re writing a book when doing work for a class. In the case of School of Public Health graduate Linda Kahn it turned…

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