Students and Instructors

When does fall semester start?

  • The fall semester will start Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
  • Students must attend the first day of class per University policy.
  • Students observing Rosh Hashanah do not need instructor approval to miss the first day of class, but need to notify their instructor in order to have their place in class retained.

What are the different ways courses will be taught this fall?

  • Fall 2021 courses will largely return to their pre-pandemic modality. Most SPH courses will be conducted in-person, with some online as well.

How will I know whether a specific course is taught in-person or online?

  • Classes have been updated with their room and building locations on MyU: Academics.
  • Class schedules are subject to change, and you are encouraged to check your schedule again prior to the first class meeting.

What does it mean for course content to be “synchronous” and “asynchronous”?

  • When a course is synchronous the teaching and learning happen at the same time. Asynchronous courses allow students to access course materials within a weekly schedule, and interactions are via email or online discussion boards. Note that asynchronous courses still include set due dates for assignments, discussion posts, and assessments.

What will the grading policy be for fall 2021?

Will face coverings be required for class attendance?

  • SPH will adhere to the University’s Face Coverings Protocol for class attendance and participation in other in-person events.
  • Individuals whose unique circumstances require an exception to this protocol, as indicated by a medical or similar subject matter professional, may request one from the Disability Resource Center.

Can I complete my Experiential Learning requirement in-person?

  • As of July 1, central campus approval (via petition or blanket exemption) is no longer required for students to conduct in-person fieldwork or non-clinical community-engaged learning activities for credit.

Is there emergency funding available?

  • Yes. SPH partners with One Stop Student Services to provide and administer emergency funding for SPH students. This funding is available for, but is not limited to: assistance with food/rent, temporary housing, space to self-quarantine, loss of job/income, and technology equipment support (laptops, WiFi, etc.). The goal of the program is to get students the relief you need as quickly as possible.

The Office of E-Learning Services (ELS) provides support to all SPH faculty and instructors for fall courses


  • Health and Safety can provide information about the HVAC system in your classroom. If you’re uncomfortable with their findings, please contact the Office of Classroom Management at or your local classroom scheduling unit for assistance in exploring alternative classrooms.
  • Download posters for your classrooms — or wherever appropriate

Emergency Paid Leave for COVID-19

  • View policy information
    For faculty, staff and student workers: ending early to mid-September > Hoping to provide adequate time to communicate this change with faculty, staff, and student workers so alternative options can be identified for anyone who may be affected.

Resources for mask information, fittings, and more

  • The DRC is offering a mask room where students, faculty and staff can come for mask fittings, mask recommendations, and pricing options. The mask room will be open every Thursday, from 9-11am in the basement of Boynton.

Parking and Transportation

Information for Faculty and Instructors with Family Responsibilities

COVID-19, the DRC, and Instructors

Contact Us

SPH offices:

Students are also encouraged to contact their program coordinator with questions.

UMN Graduate School offices:

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