History

1874

Charles Hewitt, the secretary of the Minnesota State Board of Health, begins offering a class in sanitary science covering topics in personal and community hygiene, epidemic diseases, and physiology.

Late 1800's

Various university departments create programs in public health disciplines such as biostatistics, environmental health and epidemiology.

1939

Drs. William and Charles Mayo provide endowment to help establish School of Public Health and a Mayo Professorship in Public Health.

1944

The Board of Regents passes a motion to create the School of Public Health. Gaylord Anderson named head of the new school, but is serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Student Health Service director Ruth Boynton serves in his place.

1948

The school is the first in the country to grant a master’s degree in hospital administration.

1953

NIH calls for a national expansion of biostatistics programs and offers grants to each public health school to help them grow. By the 1960s, the SPH biostatistics program trained more graduates than any other public health school in the country.

1954

SPH founds the nation’s first graduate program in epidemiology.

1961

Faculty member Ancel Keys appears on the cover of Time Magazine following his Seven Countries Study, which compared diet, risk factors, and rates of heart attack and stroke.

2000

SPH establishes the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), one of the country’s best assets to help states monitor and understand trends in rates of health insurance coverage and access to care.

2005

John Finnegan becomes Dean of the School of Public Health.

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