Admitted Student Week

admitted student week - march 25 to march 29, 2024

Admitted Student Week

March 25 to March 29, 2024

An Event for Admitted Students

A Virtual Event for Admitted Students

Congratulations on your decision to further your educational growth and training in the dynamic field of public health.

Our series of admitted student events are designed to show you what the University of Minnesota School of Public Health has to offer. You and dozens of your fellow public health students from across the globe will gain an in-depth understanding of the future of public health, and learn about the many ways in which you can get involved and be supported in your professional journey.

We encourage you to attend all sessions that you are able to. Please select sessions you are interested in attending in the registration form for a formal RSVP. All registered students will receive a digital program with links to virtual sessions before Admitted Student Week begins. Sessions offered are subject to change. Changes will be updated on this website.


12 p.m. to 2 p.m. CST

This formal kick off to our series of events includes a welcome to admitted students from Dean Melinda Pettigrew.

Assistant Dean of Enrolled Student Experience, Jennifer Porter, will highlight what you can expect as an SPH student, including tools for supporting your wellbeing and a successful academic experience. Current SPH students will be available to answer questions about the Minnesota experience including What are the classes like? Are faculty really as accessible as they seem? How do you engage inside and outside of the School? What advice do you have? Is it really that cold in Minnesota? We want this session to be run by you and your questions, so come prepared!

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. CST

Public health professionals have multiple avenues to address systemic racism and oppression, through research, practice, and education. The U of M School of Public Health (SPH) works to equip our students with the knowledge and skills to help marginalized communities thrive. The SPH Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will introduce newly admitted students to the SPH Strategic Plan for Antiracism as well as how effective our efforts have been thus far. We will offer a realistic summary of our challenges and invite the audience into discussion about how we can all play a part in the work of justice.

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST

Interested students must RSVP by Wednesday, March 20 to receive further information about completing the CliftonStrengths assessment.

Staff in the SPH Career and Professional Development Center provide the guidance and resources you need to understand the professional marketplace and launch a public health career. Join us to learn more about what services are in place to support your professional career in public health, during and after your academic program.

This session will also give students the opportunity to dive into the world of strengths-based development with our interactive CliftonStrengths workshop, co-presented by current University of Minnesota School of Public Health students. Discover your unique talents and learn how to apply them effectively in your academic and professional journey in public health. Come away with actionable strategies to maximize your potential and make a meaningful impact in your studies and career.

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. CST

How you will finance your public health education is critical. A financial aid counselor from the University’s OneStop Student Services will provide an overview of the financial aid & FAFSA processes, what is different in graduate education, and understanding what happens after you graduate. The School of Public Health’s (SPH) Scholarship Coordinator will also discuss some SPH specific funding opportunities, including the school-wide scholarship program.

If your program will not be formally presenting at Admitted Student Week, please do not hesitate to contact your program directly with any questions about next steps in your decision making process. Visit your program web page to find contact information.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST | Public Health Administration and Policy MPH

Future PHAP students are invited to spend time learning what makes our program unique. With engaging discussion led by the PHAP Director and Program Coordinator, information shared will include the characteristics of the PHAP program, curricular options, as well as additional student resources and engagement opportunities. Current and past PHAP students will share their experience and answer questions. This is a great opportunity to connect with the program and have all of your questions answered!

12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. CST | Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Includes Environmental Health Sciences MPH and MS and Occupational Health MS.

Newly admitted Environmental Health and Occupational Hygiene students are invited to meet current students, recent alumni, and division faculty. Attendees will learn more about the opportunities that come along with earning an MPH or MS degree through formal presentation, panel discussion, and informal drop-in conversations.

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. CST | Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Includes Epidemiology MPH, Community Health Promotion MPH, Maternal and Child Health MPH, and Public Health Nutrition MPH.

Join us for an interactive opportunity to connect admitted students with EpiCH alumni, Program Directors, and current students in this virtual networking-style event. Participants will be able to visit 3 Zoom breakout rooms to meet with a variety of individuals who will provide insight into their experiences in EpiCH and answer questions.

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. CST | Division of Biostatistics and Health Data Science

Includes Biostatistics MS and Public Health Data Sciences MPH.

This is a great opportunity to meet with current students who are eager to share their perspective with you. Sit down with faculty who will discuss their research, answer your questions, and give you a taste of what you will experience as a student in biostatistics. Your program coordinator will be available to help you with next steps and give you answers to any additional questions you might have.

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST | Ned McCully, Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST | Drew Smith, Scholarship Coordinator
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. CST | Student Ambassadors

Virtual drop-in hours with Admissions staff and current students will be available throughout the day to answer any remaining questions you have. There is no formal presentation or registration required. When logging in, you will join the waiting room and be let in once the staff member is available. We appreciate your patience. You are also welcome to request an individual appointment by emailing

Visit Campus

In addition to the virtual-only Admitted Student Week sessions, you also have an opportunity for an in-person tour of the Minneapolis East Bank campus, led by a current student. Please RSVP for the date you’re interested in at the links below. Questions or accessibility requests? Email Ned McCully at

Contact Us

Please let us know if you have any questions regarding Admitted Student Week via email at

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