Congratulations, Susan Goodwin Gerberich!

Recipient of a 2017 Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education

About the Award

DTA Logo 350x274The Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award recognizes excellence in contributing directly and indirectly to student learning through teaching, research, and creative activities; advising; academic program development; and educational leadership.

Susan Goodwin Gerberich received this award at the Distinguished Teaching Awards ceremony on April 27, 2017.


Each year, the Alumni Association is proud to join the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost in supporting the Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize the outstanding work of U of M educators. Recipients of the awards are inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.


About Susan Goodwin Gerberich

  • Professor
  • Division of Environmental Sciences
  • School of Public Health, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Far from being random, injuries are often predictable. That message is key to Susan Goodwin Gerberich’s sterling record as an educator in the field of injury prevention and control. Her students have conducted seminal research on such topics as concussions and spinal trauma in youth sports, injuries incurred in agricultural operations, violence against health care workers and teachers, and, most recently, injuries among janitors—a largely immigrant and vulnerable population.

“I always loved her focus on current injury-related Minnesota legislation and having students write evidence-based arguments for or against real-world proposed policy,” says one former student.

Gerberich directs the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS) Education and Research Center, and also the MCOHS Occupational Injury Prevention Research Training Program for doctoral students, which she began in the 1980s.

OIPRTP takes an epidemiological approach, using scientific principles of injury prevention and control. The program gives students structures to explore injuries not related to the workplace and includes courses in injury epidemiology and violence prevention and control, which are now available to undergraduates, too. Of Gerberich’s many awards, two she cherishes most deeply are the Division of Health Sciences Faculty Excellence Award for outstanding teaching and mentorship, and the SPH Excellence in Advising Award—both student-initiated.

“I became driven to not only address the significant public health burden of traumatic injuries, but especially to excite students to become future experts in a field that, in 1980, had only 20 contributing scientists around the country.”

Congratulate Susan Goodwin Gerberich

Send a note of congratulations to gerbe001@umn.edu.


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