Student Resources

From university forms and requirements to program specific information, here’s a roundup of commonly used resources and links for SPH students. Many of the items in this collection appear elsewhere on our website, but this section provides a quick reference for your convenience.

Information for Enrolled Public Health Students

The Student Services Center serves as the primary contact point for graduate students after their admission and initial registration. They will assist with student academic matters, including monitoring student registration and degree progress, approving graduate degree plan, scheduling of examinations, accepting completed theses and dissertations, awarding of degrees, and maintaining permanent student records.

Students admitted to the MS and PhD degrees must also visit the Graduate School Student Progress website  for additional information relevant to their degrees. This includes: Steps to Completion and also the Degree Plan form which must be filed with the Graduate School prior to receiving other services.

Math and Writing Refreshers


EdReady assesses your readiness for college math, and presents study options to fill in the gaps.

Khan Academy is a free online resource that provides tutorials and exercises in a wide range of studies including mathematics.

The School of Public Health offers free online refreshers that can help you brush up on your math and statistics skills:

SPH Online Math Review covers ratios and proportions, algebraic equations, exponents, and logarithms.

Introduction to Biostatistics I provides an overview of sampling mathematics (average, range, variance, standard deviation, etc.), histograms, normal population distribution, and the 68-95-99.7rule.

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Introduction to Biostatistics II orients learners to some types of variables and their roles in basic biostatistics. Different types of quantitative and qualitative variables will be explored. Basic graphs and charts depicting these variables will also be discussed.

Go to and scroll down to “Introduction to Biostatistics II”

For more free online modules in Introduction to Biostatistics I, Biostatistics II: Variables, and Introduction to Epidemiology click on and scroll down.


Acknowledging the academic work of others is key to writing papers and presenting information in graduate school and in your professional practice. The University of Indiana – Bloomington has designed a helpful tutorial and quiz to help learners understand and avoid plagiarism.

The Center for Writing  offers free face-face and online writing consultations for all University of Minnesota students at all stages of the writing process.

The University of Minnesota Libraries has an Assignment Calculator, which provides project management support for research papers, posters, oral presentations, dissertations and more.