Current Students

Orientation 2020

Meaningful Connections: Different perspectives make us stronger!

Note: SPH has chosen to prioritize everyone’s safety and will be implementing remote orientation programming. We recognize this is a deviation from what we were expecting, but we are committed to providing a robust onboarding experience with this new model.

New Student Orientation launches Wednesday, August 26

In order to provide you with flexibility, autonomy and the ability to personalize your experience, New Student Orientation (for new incoming students*) will consist of four components to ensure a successful transition to SPH.

New Student Orientation includes:

  • Online Orientation Modules: A series of five online modules will introduce you to the SPH community, the SPH student experience, academic expectations, planning for success, and campus resources. You will be able to complete the modules at your own pace, though it is highly recommended to do them prior to the start of the semester to save you time in the future.
  • Opening Session: This overview of online orientation and presentation on race & racism in Minnesota by Lauren Eldridge, associate director for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, will take place on Aug. 26 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. CST. Register for this session here.
  • Academic Program Orientation: Each program will offer their own orientation to provide an in-depth overview of your academic experience.
  • Virtual Engagement Opportunities: Pick and choose additional events that fit your needs and schedule to engage with SPH faculty, staff and students before the start of the semester. You can register for these events through the SPH Events Calendar, look for those labeled “Welcome Series”.

Current SPH students returning for fall semester are encouraged to engage in virtual opportunities as well.

We know that a virtual new student orientation is different than a traditional in-person experience, but are confident that it will be worth your time and will help you be successful at the University. Take a look at some frequently asked questions you may be wondering about.

SPH New Student Orientation begins on Aug. 26 with the opening session at 10:00 a.m. Virtual events will take place Aug. 26 to Sept. 7. Program orientations will take place as follows:

  • Biostatistics
    • Aug. 26 7:00 p.m. and Aug. 27 9:00 a.m.
  • Environmental Health Sciences (EnHS)
    • Aug. 26 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (All EnHS students) program breakout to follow:
      • 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Food Safety & Infectious Diseases Students
      • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Industrial Hygiene Students
      • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. General MPH Students
      • 4+1 program – Dr. Wattenberg will meet one on one with each student.
      • Other Programs/Advisors will announce at the EHS Orientation at 1:00 p.m.
  • Health Policy Management (HPM)
    • Public Health Administration & Policy (PHAP)
      • Aug. 31 7:00 p.m.
    • Master of Healthcare Administration
      • Sept. 2 time 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Health Services Research, Policy & Administration PhD
      • Sept. 2 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Epidemiology & Community Health
    • Sept. 3 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Contact your program coordinator for additional details.

The Graduate School is offering an optional Virtual Welcome and Resource Fair on Sept. 1 for all graduate students as well.

New Student Orientation is for all new SPH students in MPH, MHA and MS programs entering in Fall 2020. Executive, certificate, as well as students who began in spring or summer terms are welcome, to engage in orientation events. EPHAP and EMHA students who begin their program in January 2021 will have a separate orientation, please contact your program coordinator for more information.

Contact if you are not able to access the online orientation modules.

SPH Online Orientation and your program orientation are required. The opening session on Aug. 26 at 10:00 a.m. CST is strongly encouraged and other virtual events are optional. This orientation experience was designed to give you the flexibility and autonomy to engage with the modules on your own time. It is recommended that you complete the modules before the first day of class, but you will have access to the modules throughout your first semester.

The opening session will be recorded and embedded in the online modules after Aug. 26. If you cannot attend your program orientation, please contact your program coordinator. Other events throughout the week are optional. If you miss and event but would like to access the content or connect with the people presenting, please email with your contact information and the name of the event.


You will need access to the internet in order to participate in orientation events. If you have concerns about not having the technology necessary, please contact us right away at

New students will receive an email on Aug. 26 inviting them to the SPH Online Orientation course in Canvas. This link will also be available on your Canvas Dashboard when you log into the system.

Registration links for events taking place between Aug. 26 to Sept. 7 can be found on the SPH Events Calendar. Events will be designated as part of the “Welcome Series”.

SPH wants to ensure that students are able to fully participate in available programming to you. 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 to schedule an initial appointment or consultation.

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