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John R. Finnegan, Jr

John Finnegan, PhD, is the Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He has more than 25 years’ experience in public health research, specializing in public health, community campaigns and the role of mass media in health behavior and social change.  He holds MA and PhD degrees in Mass Communication that he earned from the University of Minnesota.  Central to his research are socio-economically driven inequities in population exposure to health information, part of the larger problem of health status inequities. He was honored in 2007 by the APHA for career achievement in his area.

Dr. Finnegan chairs the board of directors of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and is a member of the Framing the Future: The Second Hundred Years of Education for Public Health Task Force.