The Minnesota Advantage

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Wanted: Health Advocates Committed to Large-Scale Change

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health is consistently ranked among the top schools of public health in the nation (U.S. News & World Report). Our wide-array of academic programs, rich research portfolio, and strong connections to community and industry partners provide our graduates distinction in competitive career environments.

At Minnesota, we give students the freedom to explore the complex and far-reaching field of public health and provide the comprehensive skills and training required to create large-scale change.

“With the training I have here, I’ll be able to succeed in anything.”

As the only top 10 school of public health between Chicago and Seattle, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health is the center of public health research and education for a major part of our country.

What sets our school apart?


Our work emphasizes a multidisciplinary, multidimensional approach to public health. A long and close partnership with the state health department—one of the best in the country—gives our students on-the-ground experience and allows our faculty to work with colleagues in the field. When it comes to working with communities, we have long embraced the notion of “engagement” rather than “outreach,” knowing that we have as much to learn from them as they have from us and that real strength comes from true partnerships.


Minnesota’s diverse climate, ecosystems, and large immigrant and indigenous populations provide a rich and meaningful environment for public health learning, and practice. Our heritage of hard work and resourcefulness continues to fuel creativity and a problem-solving mentality. As the birthplace of HMOs and home to many of the nation’s top healthcare organizations and medical device innovators, there is a natural, underlying current of health awareness and action across the state. The state of Minnesota strives to put health at the forefront of all decisions.

The University of Minnesota and its Integrated Health Sciences

The University of Minnesota is the third largest and most comprehensive public land-grant university located in a major metropolitan area. Its innovative infrastructure of six health sciences schools—one of only a handful of such models in the country—gives our students, faculty, and staff the ability to learn from and work with a diverse array of topic experts to improve the health of populations.


Underlying everything is our culture of inclusivity and support. There’s a strong sense that we’re all in this together. It’s inherent in how we praise and recognize colleagues for their success and contributions; in the outstanding student services we provide—like our award-winning mentor program, the largest public health mentor program of its kind—and in the way our researchers partner with local and national health organizations. We take pride in our open, welcoming environment grounded in respect.

Agenda-Setting Research

At SPH, our students learn from giants in the field — people who continuously shape the way public health is practiced around the globe. SPH faculty uphold the resourceful, hard-working values of Minnesota. Per capita, they are the most productive faculty at the University of Minnesota and collectively hold the University’s third-largest research portfolio. We’re also ranked sixth among peer schools in NIH funding, in part due to our well-known international clinical trials for HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

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