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Financial Aid


A variety of financial support is available for MCOHS students, including traineeships, fellowships, scholarships, grants, and other program-specific financial awards.

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NIOSH TRAINEESHIPS

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provides stipend support and tuition reimbursement for eligible students enrolled in full-time programs of study.   Students must be a U.S. citizen.  International students are not eligible for a traineeship unless they have been admitted for permanent residency.

Areas supported include:

PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE GENERAL TRAINEESHIP

The Public Health Service provides funding for students in majors that have been declared as having a severe shortage of health professionals. These traineeships are limited to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS AND RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS

Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant positions may be available with faculty in the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health. These provide excellent opportunities to gain experience in teaching and research; they also serve as a means of reducing tuition costs (a 25% RA position, for example, will reduce tuition costs by 50%; a 50% position reduces tuition to nothing).

FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND AWARDS

  • The Nancy A. Robertson Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Injury Prevention
    This fellowship provides one or more fellowships annually to students enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Eligibility includes all graduate students enrolled at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, with a preference for students in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences who wish to focus on the area of injury prevention.
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  • The Mary Lauren Olson Minnesota Environmental Health Association Scholarship Award
    The Mary Lauren Olson Memorial MEHA Scholarship fund is a permanently endowed scholarship for students enrolled in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Recipients of the scholarships are required to be full time students. Selection may be based on scholastic merit, community service, and/or involvement in the field of injury research.
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  • Susan Goodwin Gerberich Fellowship in Injury Epidemiology and Prevention
    This fellowship provides funds for graduate students in the School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, who are committed to study in the field of injury epidemiology and prevention. Eligibility includes all potential or current full-time graduate students (MS and PhD) enrolled in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, who are committed to study in the field of injury epidemiology and prevention.
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DOCTORAL TRAINING GRANTS

MCOHS has five doctoral training programs that provide funding for accepted students eligible for NIOSH funded traineeships.  These doctoral training programs are:

DIVERSITY FINANCIAL AID

There are a range of scholarship and fellowship programs for outstanding diverse graduate students at the University of Minnesota. View a list of current opportunities.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC FINANCIAL AID

Program specific financial aid resources for Industrial Hygiene graduate students, Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing graduate students, and Occupational Medicine residents.

INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE

  • 3M Scholarship
    Each year, the 3M Company sponsors a scholarship, which pays the costs of attending the AIHCE, and carries an award of $3000. Students must apply for the scholarship, usually in March; materials will be sent to the faculty and forwarded to you.
  • American Industrial Hygiene Foundation Scholarships
    The American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF, part of the AIHA) sponsors three named scholarships: The American Industrial Hygiene Association Scholarship, the Clyde Berry Scholarship and the TSI/Arthur J Abrams Scholarship. The AIHA Scholarship is generally available to all students in an ABET accredited graduate program. The Clyde Berry scholarship gives special preference for University of Cincinnati students; the TSI/Arthur J Abrams Scholarship is intended for students attending schools in Minnesota. Most of these require specific application by the program faculty in order for students to be eligible for funding. You should discuss your interest in being nominated for these scholarships with your faculty advisor or program director.

OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH NURSING

  • Mary A. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
    The scholarship was established by bequest of Mary Johnson, a graduate of the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. It supports eligible nurses enrolled in the school.
  • Catherine E. Reilly Memorial Scholarship
    The scholarship is named for Catherine E. Reilly, a lifelong resident of Syracuse, New York. Ms. Reilly received a master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota. She retired in 1976 as director of home care for Onondaga County. The scholarship supports eligible students enrolled in the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, with a background or interest in nursing.
  • Long-Term Care Award
    The award was established by the Health Care Group and supports students enrolled in the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, who are pursuing a public health nursing degree or have an interest in geriatrics and long-term care.

OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE

  • Occupational Physicians Scholarship Fund (OPSF)
    The Occupational Physicians Scholarship Fund (OPSF) provides stipends to worthy physicians to cover their occupational and environmental medicine residency positions. Applicants to any occupational medicine residency training program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education are eligible to apply for scholarship funding.

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