The School of Public Health commits to diversity, inclusion, and equity in all that we do. These values are fundamental to what we seek to achieve for the public’s health: a diverse professional and scientific workforce; research excellence that benefits all; and engagement with communities that shapes our research and learning.
We strive for diversity among our students, staff, and faculty and for a respectful and inclusive climate that’s open and welcoming to all. We foster a community that learns from all that makes us diverse — race, gender identity, religion, culture, and social status, to name a few. These are sources of strength that enrich us all. When we fall short of our aspirations, we will always seek to do better as a community of learning. –John Finnegan, Professor & Dean
Research & Practice
Diversity and inclusion are a vital component of health equity, a major research focus. As we examine the role of mental health in communities and explore food access (to name just two research areas), the values and learnings in the teachings of diversity play a key role.
The Health Equity Work Group is an active student and faculty group within our school that aims to give greater visibility to health disparities research and to ensure that students are well-equipped to work in a diverse society.
Our school-wide group D.E.A.L.T (Diversity and Equity Action Leadership Team) is a mix of faculty, staff, and students who create School of Public Health-specific initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion.
The Student Body
Our students vary by program, because each program attracts students with specific and personal goals. Whether you’re pursuing an online degree, completing a field experience, or working toward getting your PhD, you will interact with different types of students across the program, enriching learning and fostering collaboration.
By the Numbers
Students of color: 18 percent
International students: 15 percent
Average age: 29 years old
Sex: 70% identify as female; 30% identify as male.
Twin Cities Community
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul is a diverse community. Twenty-five percent of the Twin Cities population are people of color, creating an environment rich in cultural opportunities.
Minneapolis and St. Paul are longstanding magnets for immigrant groups and much of our work at the School of Public Health centers around these communities. According to Compass Minnesota, the state’s foreign-born population is increasing faster than the national average with people from Mexico, India, and Somalia making up three of Minnesota’s fastest-growing immigrant groups in the past decade.
Our students and faculty become immersed in these communities through fieldwork and research, including work at churches with the historically African-American community in North Minneapolis and the student-run Phillips Neighborhood Clinic which serves large Native American and Latino communities.
In 2012, an amendment that would have banned gay marriage was voted down in our state,
clearing the way for our legislature to pass Marriage Equality in 2013. The Twin Cities are often cited for being one of the most LGBTQ friendly areas in the country. In 2013 and 2014, Campus Pride named University of Minnesota-Twin Cities one of the most LGBT-friendly campuses in the nation.
With nearly 20 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the area, the Twin Cities are becoming a magnet for millennials, attracting young professionals from across the country.