Current Students

Orientation 2021

Meaningful Connections: Different perspectives make us stronger!

New Student Orientation

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. These components are as follows:

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. These modules will launch in mid-July.

During SPH Orientation you will have the opportunity to get to know SPH, learn to navigate campus and begin to make connections within the SPH community. This event is scheduled to take place in person on August 25.

Each program will offer their own orientation to provide an in-depth overview of your academic experience. Dates for these sessions will be listed here as they become available. Check with your program coordinator for details in the meantime.

Pick and choose additional in person and virtual events that fit your needs and schedule to engage with SPH faculty, staff and students before the start of the semester.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is New Student Orientation?

While the Online Orientation Prep Course will launch in late June, the first in person opportunity to connect will be at SPH Orientation on Aug. 25. Additional events, including your academic program orientation and other engagement opportunities (virtual and in person) will take place between Aug. 25 and Sept. 7. Stay tuned for additional details.

Who attends New Student Orientation?*

New Student Orientation is for all new SPH students in MPH, MHA and MS programs entering in Fall 2021. 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 2022 will have a separate orientation, please contact your program coordinator for more information.

Is New Student Orientation required?

The Online Orientation Prep Course and your Academic Program Orientation are required. This orientation experience was designed to give you the flexibility and autonomy to engage with additional experiences on own time and as you are interested.

What should I do if I cannot attend an event?

Every attempt will be made to record key sessions and add them to the Orientation Prep Course as they become available. 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.

What should I do if I do not have access to the technology to be able to participate (unreliable internet, no computer, etc)

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

How do I access the online portion of New Student Orientation?

New students will receive an email in late June inviting them to the Orientation Prep Course in Canvas. This link will also be available on your Canvas Dashboard when you log into the system.


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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