School at a Glance

Established: 1944
Current Dean: Melinda Pettigrew
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: 980
Alumni: 12,600+
Faculty: 130+ full-time
Avg. grant funding per faculty: $622,000 (FY23)
Academic Divisions:
  • Biostatistics & Health Data Science
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology & Community Health
  • Health Policy & Management
Degrees Programs: 20 degree programs (4 doctoral, 15 master’s, 1 bachelor of arts)
Research Centers: 21
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’s only school of public health

Proven Impact

Our research has led to (among many innovations):

  • Mediterranean Diet (1980)
  • Method to contain PFCs (now called PFAs) to protect drinking water and the environment (2018)
  • First association between e-cigarettes and cancer-causing agents (2018)
  • Effective COVID-19 treatments
  • Lowering of the suggested age for colonoscopies to 45 (2018)
  • Verification of new treatment plans for people with HIV, saving millions of lives (2006, 2015)
  • 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 (1984)
  • Discovery of an association between mining dust exposure and cases of mesothelioma (2014)
  • First report card for quality of life in nursing homes (2010)
  • National Minor’s Consent to Health Services Act of 1971
  • First comprehensive definition of childhood abuse and neglect (1984)
  • First model to predict probability of complications from radiation therapy
  • 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 (2015)
  • Development of the Minnesota Model used nationwide to track foodborne illness outbreaks
  • National Minor’s Consent to Health Services Act of 1971
  • Development of the Minnesota Code, the most widely used electrocardiogram (ECG) classification system for epidemiological studies (1960)

2023 Graduating Student Profile


Total number of graduates: 370
Female: 75%
Male: 25%
International students: 5.4%

Graduates by degree

MHA: 62
MPH: 224
MS: 32
PhD: 33
Certificate recipients 19

2023 Incoming Student Profile

Total number of students: 277
Female: 74%
Male: 26%
American Indians and students of color: 28%
International students: 19%

Incoming students by degree

BA: 14
MHA: 27
MPH: 182
MS: 30
PhD: 37
Certificate recipients 1
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