Cynthia Howard, MD, MPHTM

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Cynthia Howard

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-8384

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

Mailing Address:
Global Pediatrics
717 Delaware 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 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.

Awards & Recognition

  • Excellence in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2020)
  • AAP Hillman-Olness Ward for Lifetime Service and Lasting Contributions to Global Health (2019)
  • Health Volunteers Overseas Golden Apple Award (2018)
  • Minneapolis - St. Paul "Top Doctors" (2017-2021)
  • 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