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Public Health is committed to promoting, protecting and improving the health of the communities in which it serves.

For the most recent documents, reports and laws related to public health, click the links below.

Documents and reports

Laws related to public health (and additional resources)

  1. A social host ordinance holds persons criminally responsible for hosting events where persons under 21 years of age are permitted to consume alcohol.
  2. E-cigarette use is prohibited in the following public spaces:
    • Places at work
    • Restaurants and bars (including their outdoor spaces)
    • City-owned parks and recreational areas
  3. The legal tobacco sales age is 21.
  4. Healthy eating, biking and walking (Bloomington, Edina and Richfield)
  5. Know your rights as a breastfeeding mom.

Student internships

Looking for an internships, field experience and/or clinical placements? 

Before completing an application, read through the following guidelines:

  1. A contract must be in place between the City of Bloomington and the college or university before a student can apply. Public Health has contracts with the following programs:
    1. Bethel University Nursing
    2. Normandale Community College Dietetics
    3. Normandale Community College Community Health
    4. University of Minnesota Public Health
    5. University of Minnesota Nursing
  2. Preference will be given to post-secondary college students living in south Hennepin County, especially within the cities of Bloomington, Edina and Richfield. 
  3. Preference must be given to students currently enrolled at local colleges or ones within Minnesota. 
  4. The time commitment will be for a minimum of 40 hours.
  5. Applications should be completed at least 2 months prior to requested start date.
  6. Applications must include:
    1. Resume
    2. Current transcript
    3. Course syllabus that includes course expectations and requirements
    4. End of semester evaluation requirements
  7. Before starting an internship, a student's professor must provide confirmation of:
    1. Blood borne pathogen training
    2. HIPPA training
    3. Criminal background check within the past 2 years
    4. Up-to-date immunizations
    5. Mantoux test completed within the past 2 years
  8. Written and verbal contact from a professor is required.
  9. An interview may be requested before being accepted.
  10. Public Health reserves the right to deny placement on the premise that we do not have the capacity or time to complete a contractual agreement.

Questions? Contact Eileen O'Connell at 952-563-4964 or Public Health at 952-563-8900.

Apply online.

Volunteer opportunities

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT volunteers are members of the community trained in basic response skills by emergency personnel. Volunteers are prepared to save lives, prevent the spread of disease and protect themselves, their families and their community in the event of a disaster. 

CERT training is a collaboration between Bloomington and Richfield.

For more information, visit the City of Richfield

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

MRC volunteers include medical professionals and nonmedical community members without healthcare backgrounds. Volunteers help to strengthen public health emergency response efforts, build community resiliency and engage the public in health promotion information and community events.

Interested in learning more? Email your questions to

To become a volunteer:

  1. Complete a City of Bloomington PDF icon volunteer application and background check PDF icon authorization form and email to
  2. Read through the following tutorial on how to complete an online profile
  3. Once you have received confirmation, complete the following trainings and email your certificate(s) to
    1. Orientation
    2. Psychological First Aid
    3. Introduction to National Incident Management System (NIMS)

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