Cynthia Howard, MD, MPHTM

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Cynthia Howard

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-8384

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Director, Division of Global Pediatrics

Director, Global Medical Education and Research program

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (MD), Tulane University School of Public Health (Masters of Public Health

University of Alabama, Birmingham (Pediatrics)

Tulane University (Pediatric Infectious Diseases)


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.

Awards & Recognition

  • AAP Education Award, 2017
  • Velji Global Health Education Award, Velji Family Foundation, 2017
  • HVO Golden Apple Award, 2018



Most recent publications:

Pediatric Global Health Education:Past, Present and Future

Pitt MB, Gladding SP, Suchdev PS, Howard CR.

JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Jan;170(1):78-84.



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

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