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School at a Glance

Established: 1944
Current Dean: John R. Finnegan Jr. (2005 – present)
Rankings: #9 School of public health
#2 Master of Healthcare Administration program
#6 National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding
Students: 1,327
Alumni: 11,816
Faculty: 130+ full-time
Avg. grant funding per faculty: $568,000
Academic Divisions:
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology & Community Health
  • Health Policy & Management
Degrees Programs: 19 Graduate degrees (15 master’s and 4 doctoral)
Research Centers: 22
School Highlights
  • First Master of Healthcare Administration program
  • First Epidemiology PhD program
  • #6 NIH-funded school of public health (of 67 schools)
  • Ranked No. 9 by U.S. News & World Report
  • First Maternal and Child Health program

Proven Impact — our research has led to (among many innovations):

  • Legislation that allows Medicaid payment for services from a certified doula for pregnant women in Minnesota
  • Legislation that requires all new and remodeled buildings to be fully accessible to people with disabilities
  • National Minor’s Consent to Health Services Act of 1971
  • First comprehensive definition of childhood abuse and neglect
  • First model to predict probability of complications from radiation therapy
  • the first report to show high rates of concussions associated with youth football players (1983)
  • First city-wide ban of cigarette vending machines in the U.S. (1989)
  • FDA-proposed restrictions of tanning bed use by people 18 years of age and younger
  • Changes in the care and treatment of HIV-positive people worldwide based on the SPH global START trial
  • Development of the Minnesota Model used nationwide to track foodborne illness outbreaks
  • Development of the Minnesota Code to read electrocardiograms in a universally applicable and understandable way
  • Mediterranean Diet

2020 Graduating Student Profile

Total number of graduates: 434
Average age: 31
Age range: 22-65
Female: 73%
Male: 27%
American Indians and students of color: 26%
International students: 15%

Graduates by degree

MHA: 64
MPH: 284
MS: 37
PhD: 23
Certificate recipients 26

2020 Incoming Student Profile

Total number of graduates: 466
Average age: 28
Age range: 21-60
Female: 74%
Male: 26%
American Indians and students of color: 31%
International students: 11%

Incoming students by degree

MHA: 55
MPH: 321
MS: 35
PhD: 33
Certificate recipients 22
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