National Public Health Week

Join the U of M School of Public Health community to celebrate the important ways public health improves health and changes lives.

Monday, April 3 - ``Welcome to NPHW Coffee & Treats`` / Blood Drive

“Welcome to NPHW Coffee & Treats” hosted by EDIT

8 – 10am, SPH Dean’s Office (Mayo Building A301)

Stop by one of the tables hosted by the SPH Equity Diversity & Inclusion Team (EDIT) to get a morning treat and learn more about National Public Health Week (NPHW) events. Table locations are:

  • outside of the SPH Dean’s Office
  • the corridor of Moos Tower & Phillips Wangensteen Building
  • WBOB

Blood Drive

9am – 1:30pm, Mayo Auditorium

The SPH community is invited to donate blood to the American Red Cross.


Use sponsor code: MHACSI


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Tuesday, April 4 - Student Portraits / Taste Diversity

Student Portraits

8:30am – 12:30pm, Mayo Building (entrance between Mayo and Molecular Sciences Building)

SPH students are invited to get a professional portrait free of charge.

No registration required; walk-in style.


Taste Diversity

5:30 – 7:30pm, The Whole, Coffman Memorial Union

The SPH Student Senate hosts this annual cultural event which draws together students, faculty and staff for dinner, networking and fun! This year the food and culture of the Latin American community in Minneapolis/St. Paul will be featured. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited.​

More info and registration


Wednesday, April 5 - Research Day / Refugee Health Lecture & Alumni Leadership Panel

Research Day

11am – 4:30pm, McNamara Alumni Center

This annual event provides a space for SPH students and faculty to showcase research studies that address timely, critical public health issues for Minnesotans, the region, nation, and globally. Closing reception to be held at 4 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

More information and registration

Refugee Health Lecture

4:30 – 6:30pm, McNamara Alumni Center

Dr. Alexander Kraemer will deliver the 2017 Gaylord Anderson Memorial Lecture on the topic of refugee health in Germany. After the lecture, Dr. Kraemer will be joined by two alumni leaders for a Q&A session, moderated by Dean John Finnegan.

Dr. Alexander Kraemer is a professor and the head of Department of Public Health Medicine, School of Public Health, University of Bielefeld, Germany. Live-stream the event remotely.

More information and registration

Thursday, April 6 - Mental Health Awareness Breakfast / Mentor Program Appreciation Dinner

Mental Health Awareness Breakfast

8-10 am, D199 Mayo Building

Join the SPH Student Services Center and the U of M Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for a light breakfast and to learn about valuable mental health resources.

Free and open to the public.

Mentor Program Appreciation Dinner

5:15-7:15 pm, McNamara Alumni Center

School of Public Health Mentor Program participants are invited to the annual mentor appreciation dinner.

More information and registration

Friday, April 7 - Health Disparities Roundtable

Health Disparities Roundtable – Building Safe and Healthy Communities for All

9am – 12pm, Coffman Memorial Union Theater

This year’s program features a lecture and panel discussion with Mary Lee, Deputy Director at PolicyLink; Luz Maria Frias, President and CEO at YWCA Minneapolis; and Chanda Smith Baker, President and CEO at Pillsbury United Communities who will address the challenges in reducing disparities, provide insight on what the words “healthy” and “safe” mean for different communities, and discuss strategies and best practices that assure conditions for optimal health and safety for all people.

More information and registration

Social Media Photo Contest (#SPHphotocontest)

Social Media Photo Contest

Everyone is touched by public health work and research, yet often those impacts go unnoticed. This is your chance to show us what public health looks like! The University of Minnesota School of Public Health invites you to submit a photo to our social media photo contest; showcase your “impactful public health moment.”

Submit April 3-5; Vote April 7-9; Win one of four prizes April 10

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What is National Public Health Week?

National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week is a national celebration of public health and is an initiative of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

During the first full week of April each year, APHA brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. For over 20 years, APHA has served as the organizer of NPHW. The U of M School of Public Health is proud to partner with NPHW to highlight our dynamic field.