Carrie Henning-Smith
Office Address:
UMN Rural Health Research Center
Room 350 UOffPl
2221 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Carrie Henning-Smith, PhD, MPH, MSW

Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy & Management


Deputy Director, Rural Health Research Center
Director of Graduate Studies, Health Equity Minor
Co-Director, Rural Health Program


PhD, Health Services Research, Policy and Administration, University of Minnesota
MS, Health Services Research, Policy and Administration, University of Minnesota
MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan
MSW, Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health with a minor in Management of Human Services. Specialist in Aging Certificate.
BA, International Relations, Claremont McKenna College


The central goal of my research is to advance health equity, with a particular focus on illuminating structural and political barriers to health and well-being. Under this broad umbrella, my work falls into two distinct, but overlapping themes: 1.) illuminating disparities in health, social well-being, and access to care, especially for older adults and rural residents, and 2.) investigating the ways in which environment, from immediate living environment to broader geographical context, impacts health.


Rural health, aging, long-term care, disability, health policy, health equity.

Awards and Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
  • University of Minnesota McKnight Presidential Fellow, 2022-2025
  • National Rural Health Association Volunteer of the Year, 2022
  • Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies, 2021-2022
  • National Rural Health Association Rural Health Fellow, 2017-2018

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