Why Minnesota?

Our programs prepare you to become a leader in the public health field.

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health is ranked one of the top 10 schools of public health in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Our wide-array  of academic programs, rich research portfolio, and connections to the community give you a strategic advantage in obtaining your public health degree.

The Minnesota Advantage

Flexible Options

We want you to get the education you need to have a successful career in public health. Our flexible learning models and variety of programs allow you to focus on your interests and learn in a way that makes sense for you. From online and executive programs to full-time degree options, explore our degrees and programs to find the right fit for you.

Agenda-Setting Research

We consistently attract more National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding than most other schools of public health housed at a public university. Our productive faculty members take their research mission seriously. As a result, our students gain an invaluable opportunity to work with leaders in the field on some of the most interesting and important local and international public health issues of our time.

A Health-Focused Community

The University of Minnesota is located in the heart of Minneapolis/St. Paul, which is home to leading health care companies and organizations. Our students consistently benefit from our connections to the local health community, which provides engaging guest speakers and internships and field experiences. Our partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health, one of the most respected in the country, is particularly strong.

Low Cost of Living

The Twin Cities’ low cost of living makes Minnesota one of the most affordable schools amongst other top 10 national schools of public health, allowing you to have a well-rounded experience while in school. Learn about living in the Twin Cities.

Strong Mentor Program

We have the largest mentor program of any school of public health in the nation. Through the program, students get to learn from the professional experiences of their mentors. Mentors get to play a role in training future public health leaders. These matches often prove to be enriching relationships for students and professionals alike.

Excellent Career Services

Our Career & Professional Development Center office provides comprehensive career guidance and resources to SPH students, postdocs, and alumni. It is here to help facilitate the career development process and job search, and to maximize your career potential. Learn more about our career services:

Student Engagement

We are very proud of our students here at the School of Public Health. They come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, adding to the richness of our academic programs. Our Student Senate offers students a chance to get involved and make a difference in the school.

Michael Osterholm
Nice Ride Bikers Downtown
Mentor/Mentee Pair
Students Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity