Current Students

Orientation 2022

Meaningful Connections: Different perspectives make us stronger!

New Student Orientation

August 24, 2022

Orientation is a multi-step process that includes opportunities for you to build your awareness of resources, learn about your academic program, and begin to develop relationships with new peers and colleagues. In order to provide both new and returning students with flexibility, autonomy and the ability to personalize your experience, Orientation consists of the following four steps to ensure you have a successful transition to SPH.

Format: Asynchronous Canvas Course
SPH Online Orientation is a series of modules that introduce new students to SPH, the student experience, academic expectations, planning for success, and campus resources. It is hosted in Canvas, along with your fall courses, so you will gain practical experience navigating Canvas. Modules will open beginning in mid-April and you are able to complete them at your own pace, though it is highly recommended to do them prior to the start of the semester.

Who completes online orientation?
New students are strongly encouraged to complete the online orientation course as it was designed to give you the flexibility and autonomy to engage with based on your personal needs and interests. It can serve as a resource for you well into your academic career.

How do I access online orientation?
New incoming students admitted for Fall 2022 who have paid their admission deposit will be auto enrolled into the SPH Online Orientation course in Canvas beginning April 22. UMN Information Technology has instructions for how to access courses in Canvas as well as how to get the Canvas Mobile App.

Format: On Campus
During SPH New Student Orientation you will have the opportunity to get to know SPH, learn to navigate campus and begin to make connections within the SPH community. You are encouraged to come to campus for this event, however, it will also be live-streamed. Registration is required for this event and will open in mid-July.

How do I get to McNamara Alumni Center?
Use these directions to find your way to McNamara Alumni Center. You can park in the University Ave. Ramp (additional, less expensive parking options are available in the Maroon Lot), take MetroTransit lightrail or bus, or even bike to campus.

Format: Determined by program
Each academic degree program will offer their own orientation to provide an in-depth overview of your academic experience. Check with your program coordinator for details.

Biostatistics (MS, MPH & PhD)
Contact Sally Olander (brown198@umn.edu) for additional information.

Environmental Health Sciences (MS, MPH & PhD)
Contact enhsssupport@umn.edu for additional details

Epidemiology and Community Health (MPH, MS, PhD)
Contact epichstu@umn.edu for additional details

Health Policy and Management (see below for information based on program):

MHA Residential
Contact mhamn@umn.edu for additional details

PHAP
Contact hpmphap@umn.edu for additional details

HSRPA MS & PhD
Contact hpmgrad@umn.edu for additional details

Public Health Practice (MPH)
Contact php@umn.edu for additional details.

Audience: New Incoming Students & Returning Students
Format: Determined by event host
Between August 24 and September 5 you will be able to pick and choose additional on campus and virtual events that fit your needs and schedule to engage with SPH, student groups, and resources before the start of the semester. Event will be linked here later this summer.

SPH wants to ensure that students are able to fully participate in available programming. If you are diagnosed with a disability, health condition, or suspect that you have one, and would like to have a confidential discussion about accommodations during your time as a student, please contact Todd Helmer, the SPH contact with the Disability Resource Center, at helme062@umn.edu to schedule an initial appointment or consultation.

What should I do if I cannot attend an orientation event?
If you cannot attend your academic program orientation, please contact your program coordinator. If you miss an event but would like to access the content or connect with the people presenting, please email sph-ask@umn.edu with your contact information and the name of the event.

What should I do if I do not have access to the technology to be able to participate (unreliable internet, no computer, etc)?
You will need access to the internet in order to participate in any virtual events. If you have concerns about not having the technology necessary, please contact us right away at sph-ask@umn.edu.

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