Liz Sopdie, PhD

Operations & Program Development Director, Rural Physician Associate Program

Liz Sopdie

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-1582

Fax 612-624-2613

Office Address:
Mayo Memorial Building, A609
420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 81
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Operations & Program Development Director, Rural Physician Associate Program

Operations & Program Development Director, Metro Physician Associate Program

PhD, University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development


Liz Sopdie, PhD, is the Operations & Program Development Director for the Rural and Metropolitan Physician Associate Program at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She received her doctorate in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development from the UMN College of Education and Human Development where her research focused on international service-learning in medical education. Her education and experience blends the practitioner and scholarly fields of organization development, evaluation, curriculum design and adult education, health professions education, and institutionalization of transformative change efforts in higher education. Liz also teaches a course on ecosystem health leadership in the University's Grand Challenges Curriculum

Prior to joining RPAP/MetroPAP, Liz served as the Program Manager for the Center for Integrative Leadership and the Curriculum Coordinator in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota.



Sopdie, E., Wolf, T., Spicer, S., Kennedy, S., Errecaborde, K. M., Colombo, B., Jordan, C., & Travis, D. (2021). Ecosystem Health Education: Teaching Leadership Through Team-Based Assignments. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 21(6).

Baker NJ., Cutler M., Sopdie E. (2020). Perceived influence of medical students’ community health assessment projects. Family Medicine, 52(8):586-591.

Prasad, S., Sopdie, E., Meya, D., Kalbarczyk, A., Garcia, P. (2018). Conceptual framework of mentoring in low- and middle-income countries to advance global health. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Special Issue: Mentoring in LMICs.