Our Research Impact
School of Public Health faculty, staff, and student research is taking on the world’s most stubborn problems, from environmental pollutants in rural India to food equity in Minnesota. Our researchers’ work is far-reaching and impactful, from conducting the first Ebola vaccine trial in West Africa to leading the largest global HIV/AIDS treatment study.
From our backyard to around the world, our research strategy is prevention focused, population based, and collaborative. We work across disciplines and with local, national, and international colleagues to make real and lasting change. Our goal is to give all people the chance to be healthy.
Our SPH researchers receive more NIH funding than any other school of public health at a public university and each SPH faculty member carries an average of $684,000 in research awards — the highest per capita at the University of Minnesota.
Our students are a vital component of the research happening at the School of Public Health. They partake in original research, lead studies, and assist faculty on national and international projects, sometimes receiving University-based or national grants and scholarships to help support their work.
Student research can shape new policies and open eyes to unrecognized public health problems, for example:
- Research led by assistant professor Katy Kozhimannil changed the way women on public assistance can get maternal support. Minnesota recently legislated that Medicaid must pay for doula care and MPH student Carrie Vogelsang is helping evaluate this policy change.
- PhD candidate Carrie Henning-Smith’s work focuses on quality of life, aging, and health disparities. Her study published in Health Affairs showed that middle-aged Americans underestimate the amount of care they may need as they age.
- Post-doctoral researcher Katie Loth’s study revealed that disordered eating behaviors have decreased among American teens in general, but there is no improvement among overweight teens of both sexes. Loth’s study was published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.