Vaccination & Testing


Mask protocol:

  • Masks are required indoors for everyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated, effective Aug. 3. View the University’s official Face Covering Protocol.

SPH mask distribution:

  • Students: New students who attended SPH Orientation on August 25 received a UMN mask. Students who did not attend the event and want to receive one can pick one up from SPH Student Services (Mayo A395).
  • Additional classroom masks: Facilities Management will have additional surgical masks available in classrooms, located in the instructor podium drawer, for situations when a student comes to class without a mask.

Effective masks and mask fittings:

U Card

Upon returning to campus, some buildings will require a U Card to enter: Make sure you have a U Card

International Students

Information and support for international students: UMN International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website

Classroom Air Quality

  • HVAC systems in all 780 classrooms on the UMN Twin Cities campus have been tested and will meet CDC, OSHA, and ASHRAE guidelines (see Aug. 23 message for more details). 

Contact Us

SPH offices:

Students are also encouraged to contact their program coordinator with questions.

UMN Graduate School offices:

Student FAQs

  • The fall semester will start Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
  • Students must attend the first day of class per University policy.
  • Students observing Rosh Hashanah do not need instructor approval to miss the first day of class, but the U recommends that students contact instructors directly to alert them to anticipated absences, or send a note to
  • Fall 2021 courses will largely return to their pre-pandemic modality. Most SPH courses will be conducted in-person, with some online as well.
  • Classes have been updated with their room and building locations on MyU: Academics.
  • Class schedules are subject to change, and you are encouraged to check your schedule again prior to the first class meeting.
  • When a course is synchronous the teaching and learning happen at the same time.
  • Asynchronous courses allow students to access course materials within a weekly schedule, and interactions are via email or online discussion boards.
  • Note that asynchronous courses still include set due dates for assignments, discussion posts, and assessments.
  • SPH will adhere to the University’s Face Coverings Protocol for class attendance and participation in other in-person events.
  • Individuals whose unique circumstances require an exception to this protocol, as indicated by a medical or similar subject matter professional, may request one from the Disability Resource Center.
  • As of July 1, 2021, central campus approval (via petition or blanket exemption) is no longer required for students to conduct in-person fieldwork or non-clinical community-engaged learning activities for credit.
  • Yes. SPH partners with One Stop Student Services to provide and administer emergency funding for SPH students. This funding is available for, but is not limited to: assistance with food/rent, temporary housing, space to self-quarantine, loss of job/income, and technology equipment support (laptops, WiFi, etc.). The goal of the program is to get students the relief you need as quickly as possible.
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