School at a Glance

Established: 1944
Current Dean (Interim): Timothy Beebe
Rankings: #6 public school of public health; #12 overall
Top 5% of all schools and programs of public health
#2 Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program
#9 biostatistics PhD program
Students: 1,025
Alumni: 12,354
Faculty: 123 full-time
Avg. grant funding per faculty: $1,118,546
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: 23
School Highlights
  • First Master of Healthcare Administration program
  • First Epidemiology PhD program
  • Ranked No. 6 public school of public health by U.S. News & World Report
  • First Maternal and Child Health program
  • Minnesota’ only school of public health

Proven Impact

Our research has led to (among many innovations):

  • Effective COVID-19 treatments.
  • Acknowledgement of the cancer-causing effects of vaping.
  • Lowering of the age for colonoscopies.
  • Verification of new treatment plans for people with HIV (saving millions of lives).
  • 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

2022 Graduating Student Profile


Total number of graduates: 368
Female: 76%
Male: 31%
International students: 7%

Graduates by degree

MHA: 58
MPH: 225
MS: 35
PhD: 28
Certificate recipients 22

2022 Incoming Student Profile

Total number of students: 324
Average age: 27
Age range: 21-55
Female: 73%
Male: 27%
American Indians and students of color: 27%
International students: 25%

Incoming students by degree

MHA: 38
MPH: 195
MS: 46
PhD: 35
Certificate recipients 10
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