Cynthia Howard

Professor, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Faculty, Department of Pediatrics


Cindy Howard, MD, MPHTM, is a Professor of Pediatrics and the Director of the Global Pediatric Program at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Howard received her MD degree at the University of North Carolina, completed her pediatric residency at the University of Alabama Children's Hospital and her pediatric infectious disease fellowship and MPH in tropical medicine at Tulane University. Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota Dr. Howard practiced in Germany, Nigeria, Uganda, and the inner city of Baltimore. She created an educational exchange program between the departments of pediatrics at the University of Maryland and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

Her areas of interest include developing and measuring the effectiveness of global health curriculum; training/mentoring young men and women to address global child health challenges and the medical care of immigrant and refugee children. Dr. Howard has two children Christine and Loice, who were born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She enjoys time with her family, hiking, gardening, and reading.

Dr. Howard has received multiple awards including the The Drs. Anvar and Pari Velji Award for excellence in global health education from the Consortium of Universities in Global Health; the American Academy of Pediatrics' Education award and the Hillman-Olness Award for Lifetime Service and Lasting Contributions to Global Child Health; and the Golden Apple Award from Health Volunteers Overseas.


MD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
MPH, Tulane University School of Public Health

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Residency in Pediatrics,
University of Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases,
Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Licensures and Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics

Honors and Recognition

Gold-Headed Cane Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2024)
M Physicians Clinical Excellence Honor, M Physicians (2022)
Medical Education Paper of the Year (Associate or Full Professor), Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2023)
UMMC Clinical Education Award, University of Minnesota (2022)
Minneapolis - St. Paul "Top Doctors", Minneapolis - St. Paul Magazine
Health Volunteers Overseas Golden Apple Award
AAP Hillman-Olness Ward for Lifetime Service and Lasting Contributions to Global Health
Excellence in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota



Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Academic Office Building
2450 Riverside Ave S AO-301
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Contact

Emily Danich
Administrative Phone: 612-625-2272
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