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 “most impactful public health moment.”

Competition Overview

Participants will post a photo depicting their “most impactful public health moment” from any point in time.

Submission Instructions. Submissions must be captioned including the entry hashtag #SPHphotocontest, and tagging SPH’s appropriate social media account: Facebook @umnsph, Twitter @publichealthumn and/or, Instagram @umnsph

Submission period. April 3 – 5, 2017

(specifically, the submission period will begin on Mon., April 3, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. and end on Wed., April 5, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. CST)

Voting. #SPHphotocontest submissions will be reviewed for entrant eligibility and compliance with all rules (see “Rules” below) and qualified entries will be posted to the School of Public Health’s official Facebook page for public voting.

Public voting will begin on Friday, April 7 at 12:01 a.m. and conclude on Sunday, April 9 at 11:59 p.m. CST.  Any person who has a Facebook profile may vote, but only one “like” or “reaction” per Facebook profile will be accepted.

Prizes. Four prizes will be awarded to winning submissions. One submission will receive the Dean’s Choice Award, and the remaining top three submissions receiving the most “reactions” (likes, loves, etc.) will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes as follows:

1st (public voting) – School of Public Health leather-bound journal

2nd (public voting) – School of Public Health hot/cold tumbler

3rd (public voting) – School of Public Health stainless steel water bottle

Dean’s Choice (Dean selects favorite submission) – GoPro Hero Session camera, 32 GB SD card and a head strap camera mount ($230 value)

Winners will be announced on Monday, April 10 by 5 p.m.

Contest Rules

  1. Eligibility. The competition is open to any person with or without affiliation to the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
  2. Content/Format. Submissions must reflect participant’s unique experience with public health. Participants do not need to be present in the photo itself. Entries may be serious or humorous.
  3. Copyright. Each submission must: be the original work of the participant; comply with all applicable laws and University policies, including the Student Conduct Code; and be appropriate for general audiences as determined by the University in its sole discretion. Submission not meeting these guidelines will be promptly removed. The original work of the participant;
  4. Entry Requirements. Entries must be submitted through the official submission process (hashtag #SPHphotocontest and SPH social account tag), and must be received by Wednesday, April 5 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
  5. Prohibitions. Without limitation, entries may not contain commercial, sexually explicit, disparaging, or libelous content; promote drugs, tobacco, firearms, alcohol, or gambling, particular religions or political parties, or any product or service that does not originate at the University; or contain any University or other trademark, copyrighted work, or other intellectual property not owned by the user. Images of people may not be used without their express permission.
  6. Selection for Posting; Voting. Entries will be reviewed for entrant eligibility and compliance with all rules. Qualified entries will be posted on the School of Public Health’s official Facebook page for voting on Friday, April 7 at 12:01 a.m. CST. All qualified entries will be posted at the same time. Any person who has a Facebook profile may vote, but only one “like” or “reaction” per Facebook profile will be accepted.
  7. Prize Pick-Up. Coordination of prize pick-up or shipment will be discussed and handled through the participants social media account from which they submitted the photo. Must be able to provide a valid postal address if require prize shipment is required.

General policies

Participation in the Contest is an entrant’s agreement to comply with Contest Rules and accept all University of Minnesota School of Public Health decisions related to the Contest as final and binding.

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health reserves the right in its sole discretion to modify the terms and conditions of the Contest; to reject entries that may be unlawful or detrimental to the reputation of the University; to disqualify any entrant; to remove a posted entry; and to implement any and all other measures necessary to assure that the Contest process is fair and consistent with all applicable law and policy.

All entries will become property of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, to be used by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and its associated organizations in any manner consistent with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health’s mission. The University of Minnesota School of Public Health does not guarantee that any entry will be used, even if the entry is awarded a prize.

Participants understand that their contest submissions on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram is an agreement of release to those social media channels and any images or captions will be stored by these entities. This social media photo contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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.