Community Engagement

Public Health Nutrition students are active in the public health community through an Applied Practice (AP) experience and employment at local, state, and national public and private organizations. Our students are also involved with faculty and division matters through graduate assistantships.

Recent Applied Practice (AP) experience locations for Public Health Nutrition MPH students include:

  1. Mayo Clinic: Optimize the physical and psychosocial conditions of the indoor environment in the COVID-19 era via the reduction of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in the following three domains: (1) Air (e.g., aerosolized virus transmission); (2) Surface (e.g., surface contamination/disinfection); and (3) Behavioral (e.g., education, modifications to indoor built environment).
  2. University of Minnesota: Gain an understanding and acquire practical experience on how the agency provides food and nutrition services to vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.
  3. Saint Paul- Ramsey County Public Health: Assist with the Food and Nutrition Commission (FNC) to develop 2020 goals to improve the county’s food security. Develop a food waste info-graphic, through which I hoped to inform the community about the food waste hierarchy and provide practical advice on how to reduce food waste.

Community Partnerships Include:

  • The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic
  • Minnesota Department of Health
  • Minnesota Department of Education
  • HealthPartners
  • Mill City Farmers Market
  • Dakota County Public Health Department
  • St Paul-Ramsey County Public Health Department
  • PartnerSHIP for Health
  • Otter Tail County Department of Public Health
  • Pediatric Home Service
  • Vision of Wellness
  • Health Resources and Services Administration-Maternal and Child Health
  • Urban Roots


Public Health Nutrition (MPH) student Tricia Alexander was selected to be an intern for the Minnesota State Legislature’s People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus.

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