National Public Health Week

Join the U of M School of Public Health community to celebrate the important ways public health has improved health and changed lives.

Monday, April 3 - "Welcome to NPHW Celebration" / Blood Drive

“Welcome to NPHW Celebration” hosted by EDIT

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

Stop by one of the tables hosted by the Equity Diversity & Inclusion Team (EDIT) to get a morning treat and learn more about NPHW events. Table locations are: outside of the SPH Dean’s Office, the corridor of Moos Tower & Phillips Wangensteen Building, and WBOB.

Blood Drive

9 – 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

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

SPH students are invited to get a new headshot from a professional photographer 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. This year the food and culture of Latin American countries will be featured. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited.​

No registration required.


Wednesday, April 5 - Research Day / Gaylord Anderson Lecture & Alumni Leadership Panel

Research Day

11 – 4:30pm, McNamara Alumni Center

This annual tradition allows SPH students and faculty to showcase research studies that address 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. All School of Public Health community invited to attend.

More information and registration

Refugee Health Panel

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 question & answer 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 - Mentor Program Appreciation Dinner

Mentor Program Appreciation Dinner

Time TBA, McNamara Alumni Center

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

More information and registration coming soon

Friday, April 7 - Health Disparities Roundtable / Protect Minnesota PSA Contest Viewing

Health Disparities Roundtable – Building Safe and Healthy Communities for All

9 – 12pm, Coffman Memorial Union Theater

This year’s program features a lecture and panel discussion with Mary Lee, Luz Maria Frias and Chanda Smith Baker 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

PSA Contest Viewing: “Targeting Safety—Gun Violence Prevention” 

4:30 – 6pm, Best Buy Theater (Northrop Auditorium)

More information and registration

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.