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Assistant or Associate Professor - Maternal and Child Health - Tenure-Track
University of Minnesota, School of Public Health

Date Posted Jun. 4, 2021
Title Assistant or Associate Professor - Maternal and Child Health - Tenure-Track
University University of Minnesota, School of Public Health
Minneapolis, MN, United States
Department Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date January 2022
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Public Health/Biostatistics/Epidemiology

The Division of Epidemiology and Community Health in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health ( is recruiting a full-time, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor to join one of the oldest and largest MCH and Epidemiology research and training programs in the United States. This position will contribute to research, teaching and advising in our Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Masters in Public Health (MPH) program, which trains more than 80 MPH students annually. The Division hosts the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health ( which has led MCH workforce development and provided training opportunities to students and members of community-based organizations and public health agencies since 1954.

The School of Public Health is committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression in our mission and operations. In pursuit of this goal, we consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues from historically marginalized backgrounds and experience identifying and eliminating systemic barriers to academic success. Because the SPH and the Division seek to increase the diversity of its workforce, we particularly encourage applications from those who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in our discipline, including those who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, those with disabilities, and those from LGBTQIA+ communities.

About the Position
Primary responsibilities include:

1) Teaching (in-person, online, and/or hybrid) graduate courses in maternal and child health; teaching load may vary depending on program needs and by the level of the candidate’s research funding;
2) Developing an innovative, impactful, and sustainable program of public health research in an area relevant to maternal and child health;
3) Advising and mentoring MPH and PhD students;
4) Committee service as needed (student admissions and retention, service on Division and School committees)

Appointment and Compensation: The position is a 12-month salaried appointment. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


1) Doctoral training in public health or related field, preferably including training in maternal and child health:
a) An earned doctoral degree (PhD, DrPH, ScD or equivalent) in public health or related field (e.g., community health, epidemiology, social work, anthropology, public policy), or
b) An MD or equivalent, and an MPH, MS or equivalent public health masters’ degree

2) Evidence of research excellence in maternal and child health or related areas of public health, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals in the applicant’s field and research grant funding

3) Evidence of teaching excellence in public health or related field at the graduate or undergraduate level


We are interested in candidates who have expertise and experience in a variety of areas of MCH, including but not limited to the following: MCH epidemiology, health disparities, sexual and reproductive health, community engaged/based research, research and training grant-writing for NIH, CDC, HRSA and other grant mechanisms, policy and legislation, implementation science, and MCH program design, planning, implementation, and/or evaluation. Teaching and research on the impact of structural and social determinants of health, including racism, and their relationship to health inequities over the life course, is strongly desired. Public health practice experience specific to MCH including experience with MCH/Title V programs is valued, as is experience teaching using online learning platforms.

About the Division
The Division of Epidemiology and Community Health ( is home to a multi-disciplinary faculty of nearly 50 and provides a rich and collaborative environment for the investigation of the etiology, distribution, and prevention of disease integrating both clinical/biological and social/behavioral perspectives and methods. The Division is one of four in the School of Public Health (also including Biostatistics, Health Policy and Management, and Environmental Health Sciences), and enjoys close working relations with a variety of community health programs and organizations locally and across the country, as well as governmental agencies at the local, state and national levels. The Division has five other active teaching programs with a combined enrollment of over 300 students, including MPH programs in Epidemiology, Public Health Nutrition, and Community Health Promotion, an MS in Clinical Research, and a PhD program in Epidemiology.

About the School and University
The University of Minnesota -Twin Cities campus is in the large and vibrant metropolitan area of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, with a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities, and a very high quality of life. The multi-ethnic population of the Twin Cities, including Minnesota’s immigrants, provides rich opportunities to conduct community-engaged research with diverse and often underserved populations.
The School of Public Health is consistently ranked in the top 10 of all Schools of Public Health in the United States, and is among the very highest in research productivity.

There are numerous opportunities for collaboration with the faculty in other Divisions within the School of Public Health and with colleagues in other Schools across the University, including those in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine, College of Education and Human Development, and the Humphrey School of Public Policy, among others. The University of Minnesota’s many Centers and Programs provide further opportunities for collaboration (including the Institute for Child Development, Epidemiology Clinical Research Center, Minnesota Population Center, Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, Driven to Discover Research Facility, and the University of Minnesota Program in Health Disparities). Faculty in the MCH program have a strong history of collaboration with external partners, including federal and state public health and health service agencies, especially the Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services, VA Medical Center, the Mayo Clinic, and other large insurers and providers.

How To Apply
The position is open until filled and review of applications begins immediately. Candidates should go to where they will be asked to provide contact and demographic information, a cover letter, two syllabi of relevant graduate or advanced undergraduate courses, one publication, CV, and contact information for three references. E-mailed applications are not accepted. Contact the Search Committee Chair, Susan Mason, PhD ( with questions.

Background Check Information
Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave
  • Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer match
  • Disability and employer paid life insurance
  • Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
  • Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
  • Student loan forgiveness opportunity
  • Opportunities for growth and promotion
  • Employee Assistance Program

Additional information about benefits can be found here:…

  • The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

    The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

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Contact Information

  • Tracey Kane
    Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
    University of Minnesota, School of Public Health
    Minneapolis, MN 55455


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