Cynthia Howard, MD, MPHTM

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Cynthia Howard

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-8384

Office Address:
Global Pediatrics
717 Deleware St. SE
Room 366
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Mailing Address:
Global Pediatrics
717 Deleware St. SE
Mail Code 1932
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Administrative Assistant Name
Emily Danich

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

MD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Residency in Pediatrics, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

MPH, Tulane University School of Public Health


Cindy Howard, MD, MPHTM is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Division of Global Pediatrics and Co-Director of the Global Medical Education and Research program at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Howard received her MD degree at the University of North Carolina, completed her pediatric internship and residency at the University of Alabama Children's Hospital. She completed 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 inner city Baltimore. She developed and coordinated 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 particularly infectious diseases, protein energy malnutrition and health inequity; and the medical care of immigrant, refugee and internationally adopted children. Dr. Howard has two children, 15 year old twins, Christine and Loice, who were born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She enjoys time with her children, gardening and reading.

Cindy Howard received the Hillman-Olness Award for Lifetime Service and Lasting Contributions to Global Child Health. It recognizes individuals who have devoted their careers to advancing global child health. Selected by the AAP Section on International Child Health executive committee, she joins leaders like Errol Alden, Linda Arnold, William Keenan and Donna Staton who have previously received this recognition. 

Awards & Recognition

  • HVO Golden Apple Award (2018)
  • Minneapolis - St. Paul "Top Doctors" (2017-2018)
  • AAP Education Award (2017)
  • Velji Global Health Education Award, Velji Family Foundation (2017)
  • Herz Faculty Development Award, Minnesota Medical Foundation (2006) 
  • Alumni Distinguished Service Award, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina (2004) 
  • Sister Catherine McAuley Award, Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland (2002) 
  • Meritorious Service Award, United States Army (1981)



  • Global Child Health - providing medical care for: internationally adopted, immigrant-refugee children

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics