Why Minnesota

An Event for Admitted Students

Congratulations! The University of Minnesota School of Public Health is excited that you have decided to continue your education in the dynamic field of public health.

Our admitted student event is designed to show you what the University of Minnesota School of Public Health has to offer you so that you can realize your full potential.

You will have an opportunity to meet faculty, learn specifics about your major, interact with current students and alumni, and you will get to explore our campus and the Twin Cities (aka Minneapolis and our state capitol St. Paul). The event is designed with you in mind!

Registration has closed for this event.

Day 1

Friday, March 3
1 PM – 6:30 PM
*Check-in begins promptly at 1 p.m.

  • Welcome/Program
  • Program Breakouts
  • Faculty, Staff, Student Reception

Day 2

Saturday, March 4
9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
*Check-in begins promptly at 9:30 a.m.

  • Bus tour of the Twin Cities
  • Lunch/Program

Friday, March 3, 2017

10 am
*EpiCH Seminar: Childhood Adversity and Life Course Health
364 West Bank Office Building (WBOB)
11:45 am
HPM Seminar Series: Covering Healthcare and Politics in the Trump Era
Mayo Auditorium
1 pm
Check In Begins
Great Hall Annex, Coffman Memorial Union
1:30 pm
Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union
2:30 pm
Program Sessions
4:30 pm
Faculty, Staff, Student Reception
 Great Hall

Saturday, March 4, 2017

9:30 am
Check In Begins
The Commons Hotel lobby
10 am
Bus tour of the Twin Cities
12 pm
The Whole, Coffman Memorial Union

Academic Program Sessions – Friday, March 3, 2017

You will meet up with your program for the afternoon (for those programs offering sessions). Current students will escort you on a tour of those areas of campus our students utilize most and then on to your afternoon program-specific sessions. See details below:

Biostatistics (MPH, MS, PhD)

This is a great opportunity to meet with current students who are eager to share their perspective with you. Sit down with faculty who will discuss their research, answer your questions, and give you a taste of what you will experience as a student in biostatistics. Your program coordinator will be available to help you with next steps and give you answers to any additional questions you might have.

Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

  • Epidemiology (MPH)
  • Community Health Promotion (MPH)
  • Maternal and Child Health (MPH)
  • Public Health Nutrition (MPH)

You will have the opportunity to meet with your Program Coordinators and receive a brief overview of the Division.  Meet with the Program Director of your major to talk about the specifics of the program requirements, hear faculty discuss various areas of research specific to each major, and engage with current students who will share their perspectives and experiences. This is a great opportunity to meet some of your fellow prospective students, faculty, and current students in the program and get all your questions answered!

Epidemiology (PhD)

Please contact Andrea Kish, program coordinator at 612-626-9989 or kish@umn.edu if you are an admitted student interested in scheduling an appointment or visit.

Environmental Health (MPH, MS, PhD)

Spend an afternoon with faculty, students, and your program coordinator learning about what you can expect to discover as an environmental health student in the School of Public Health. Hear from a panel of experts, and attend breakout sessions. Gain greater understanding about the many different tracks you can choose from in environmental health that will help you reach your future goals.

Health Services Research Policy & Administration (MS & PhD)

Admitted PhD students will be invited individually by the program to attend a separate, day-long event on a date to be arranged sometime in the spring. On Monday afternoon of “Why Minnesota,” MS students will learn more about our two MS concentrations; Health Intelligence and Analytics, and Outcomes Research, and the careers where this training can be applied. You will have an opportunity to meet with program faculty and current students. If you are unable to attend “Why Minnesota,” but would like to visit on a different date, or if you have questions, please contact Maureen Andrew, program coordinator at 612-624-9432 or andre031@umn.edu.

Masters of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

Please contact Stephanie Hagel, Associate Program Director at 612-624-9588 or shagel@umn.edu or Diane McClellan, Program Coordinator at 612-626-7349 or mccle005@umn.edu if you are an admitted student interested in scheduling an appointment to learn more about the opportunities awaiting you in our Master of Healthcare Administration program.

Public Health Administration and Policy (MPH)

Future PHAP students will spend the afternoon learning what makes our program unique. A PHAP faculty member will lead a “class” meeting, including a topical lecture and engaging discussion. Hear more about curricular options and student resources from the program coordinator. Current PHAP students will be on hand, presenting their works-in-progress as they share the master’s projects they will complete later this spring. And lastly, hear from a recent PHAP alum how this program has supported their career goals.

Public Health Practice (MPH)

Please contact Katy Korchik, program coordinator at 612-626-5665 or korc0004@umn.edu, if you are an admitted student interested in scheduling an appointment to learn more the Certificate programs.

Complimentary Passes to the U of M Recreation and Wellness Center

Friday, March 3 from: 5 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday, March 4 from: 8 am – 7:00 pm

We’d love for you to try out the newest addition to campus wellness with complimentary passes to the Recreation Center. Simply give your name to the front desk and you will enjoy access to state of the art fitness facilities including:

  • Fitness Centers
  • Climbing and Bouldering Wall
  • Outdoor Adventure Rental Center
  • Handball and Racquetball Courts
  • International Squash Courts
  • Gymnasiums
  • Multi Activity Court
  • Multipurpose Rooms
  • Indoor Cycling Studio
  • Wellness Resource Center
  • Demonstration Kitchen
  • Steam Rooms and Saunas
  • Locker Rooms (includes a free locker and towel)
  • Pro Shop and Equipment Room

If you’re interested in group classes such as Zumba, Spin, Cardio Kick, Yoga and more, view our Group Fitness Schedule.

The Recreation Center is conveniently located a 2 minute walk from the Commons Hotel. Enter on Harvard Street (map).


Catch a Gopher Sporting Event: Women’s Hockey

Saturday, March 4 at 2:07 p.m., 5:07 p.m.
Ridder Arena


Take in a Film: Collateral Beauty

Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m.
Coffman Memorial Union – Goldy’s Gameroom
Cost: Free


Participate in “Night at Goldy’s”: Dance Dance Revolution Tournament

Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m.
Coffman Memorial Union – Goldy’s Gameroom
Cost: Free


Visit the Art Museum On Campus: Weisman Art Museum

Friday, March 3 from 10-5 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 from 11-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Directions & Parking

Coffman Memorial Union
300 Washington Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0110


From 35W

From the South: Merge onto I-94 East and follow the I-94 directions below.

From the North: Take the University Avenue/4th Street exit. Turn left at University Avenue and head toward the East Bank. Turn right onto Oak Street, then right onto Fulton Street SE. Fulton Street becomes East River Road. East River Road parking garage entrance will be on your right.

From I-94

From the East and West: Take the Huron Boulevard exit from I-94 (north exit only). Take first left onto Fulton Street SE. Fulton Street becomes East River Road. East River Road parking garage entrance will be on your right.

Lightrail Public Transit (Green Line)


The Commons Hotel (East Bank)

615 Washington Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
1-800-822-6757 or 612-379-8888

When reserving at The Commons Hotel, be sure to inquire about any discounted “University Event” rates.

The Commons Hotel is within walking distance of the event.

Days Inn on University (Near the East Bank of campus)

2407 University Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
1-800-375-3990 or 612-623-3999

When reserving at the Days Inn, be sure to request the discounted “University Rate.”

The Days Inn on University offers a complimentary shuttle service to the University of Minnesota campus.

Registration for this event has closed.

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Contact Us

Student Services
School of Public Health
Room A395, MMC 819
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0381
Maps & Info

612-626-3500 | 800-774-8636
Fax: 612-624-4498