Master of Public Health
Public health is defined as the practice of helping members of society live healthier, longer lives. Public health is both an art and a science, and is practiced by multidisciplinary teams of professionals whose training spans a wide array of medical, social, and physical sciences. Public health focuses on the general health of communities through efforts to monitor the spread of diseases, initiatives, (both clinical and policy-oriented) to prevent disease and disability, and by promoting healthy lifestyles through education and community engagement.
The blended learning Master of Public Health is a 42 credit program that focuses on rural health, health promotion and prevention, disease state management, and related activities of interest to public health care practitioners and policy makers.
Sample Plan of Study
Required Core Courses:
- MPH 731 Biostatistics (3 CREDITS)
- MPH 751 Epidemiology (3 CREDITS)
- MPH 720 Environmental Health (3 CREDITS)
- MPH 741 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (3 CREDITS)
- MPH 743 Ethics in Public Health (1 CREDIT)
- MPH 710 Health Care Delivery in the U.S. (3 CREDITS)
- MPH 704 Leading and Managing Public Health Systems (3 CREDITS)
MPH 793 Master's Paper (3 CREDITS)
Students must complete a scholarly, analytical paper related to public health, in accordance with NDSU graduate school standards. All work must be approved in advance by the Director of the MPH program. Students will be assigned an advisor with whom the students will work and who will be responsible for grading student work/progress. All core courses must be completed before enrolling in 793.
MPH 794 Practicum/Internship (3 CREDITS)
Concepts and competencies learned from MPH coursework are integrated through a minimum of 240 hours practicum that provides an opportunity to apply knowledge in a practice setting. A wide range of settings and opportunities are available and are individually tailored to assure competence in general MPH and specialization-specific skills. The practicum is designed to meet student goals, specialization criteria, and the needs of the agencies or institutions involved. The practicum is selected by the student in consultation with faculty and approved by the advisor. This experience is usually completed in the student's final term in the program and often results in the capstone project written report and presentation. However, students may register for 1 to 3 credits, repeated up to 3 times if appropriate. All core courses must be completed before enrolling in 794. All work must be approved in advance by the Director of the MPH program. Students cannot receive credit for past work experience.
Specialization Courses (18 CREDITS)
Note: Not all specialization courses will be offered online.
Total Credits : 42
American Indian Public Health
The American Indian Public Health specialization of North Dakota State University’s Master of Public Health program addresses important issues facing a significant and underrepresented sector of our society. With this track of study, your work will have an impact; you will make a difference.
American Indians endure some of the worst public health disparities in the nation. For example, in the Northern Plains, including North Dakota, the Native population has the highest death rates due to diabetes, cancer, infant mortality, unintentional injuries, suicide and other diseases. Risk factors and social determinants include high rates of poverty, inadequate nutrition, historical trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, smoking, substance abuse and other circumstances that need to be confronted in the public health arena.
In addition, unique American Indian health policy considerations and the federal trust responsibility to provide health services to the Native population are poorly understood among most public health leaders.
NDSU offers the only Master of Public Health program in the nation with a curriculum specifically designed to prepare graduates to work with and improve the health of American Indian populations.
* New option to begin Fall 2013. Blended learning format.
- MPH 771 American Indian Health Policy (3 CREDITS)
- MPH 772 American Indian Health Disparities (3 CREDITS)
- MPH 773 Cultural Competence in Indian Health (3 CREDITS)
- MPH 774 Research Issues in Tribal Communities (3 CREDITS)
- MPH 775 Case Studies in Indian Health (3 CREDITS)
American Indian Public Health Track Electives:
Choose three credits from the following.
- Indigenous Food Systems and Nutrition (3 CREDITS)
- American Indian Elder Care (3 CREDITS)
- Other MPH Specialization Course (3 CREDITS)
Based on a socio-ecological model of health, the Health Promotion specialization explores contemporary health promotion at individual, group, organization, community, and population levels. Core study concepts include foundations, values and principles of health promotion; the assessment of health needs; and the planning, implementing, and evaluating efforts to promote healthy behaviors; and advocacy for health in a variety of settings.
The Health Promotion specialization of North Dakota State University’s Master of Public Health program prepares health professionals to be public health leaders working in a variety of settings.
Areas of expertise in the track include nutrition, physical activity, systems/policy, obesity and substance abuse prevention. The Health Promotion track provides students with unique opportunities to study issues and concepts relevant to lifestyle behavior modification in the context of promoting health and preventing chronic disease.
Students will acquire appropriate background knowledge and experience in an epidemiological approach to public health problems relating to key lifestyle health factors. The Health Promotion track is appropriate for health educators, community health educators, exercise scientists, dietitians, extension education professionals, health care and social services professionals, and any other professional who desires to learn how to improve the health and well-being of populations.
- HNES 721 Health Promotion Programming (3 CREDITS)
- HNES 724 Nutrition Education (3 CREDITS)
- HNES 727 Physical Activity and Wellness (3 CREDITS)
Health Promotion Track Electives:
Choose six credits from the following.
- HNES 652 Nutrition, Health and Aging (3 CREDITS)
- HNES 710 Recent Literature and Research in HNES (3 CREDITS)
- HNES 726 Nutrition in Wellness (3 CREDITS)
- HNES 754 Assessment in Nutrition/Exercise Science (3 CREDITS)
Community Health Science
The Community Health Science specialization is designed for health professionals who are interested in strengthening their biomedical knowledge and skills in applying public health principles for enhancing the health of communities. This track is excellent for pharmacists, nurses, physicians and other health professionals involved in all levels (primary, secondary and tertiary) of disease and health risk prevention efforts. It prepares practitioners for diverse roles in assessing, designing and evaluating public health interventions in conjunction with interprofessional health teams and health-care systems. Students will learn how to engage their community with sensitivity to the social context, and to plan, implement, and assess the outcomes of public health interventions at the individual, family, community, or systems level.
- NURS 715 Advanced Community Assessment (3 CREDITS)
- PHRM 715 Quantitative Methods for Health Outcomes Research (3 CREDITS)
- MPH 790 Interdisciplinary Community and Public Health Seminar Series (1 CREDIT per semester for 4 semesters)
- PHRM 665 Health Disparities and Cultural Competence in Health Care (3 CREDITS)
Community Health Science Track Electives:
Choose five credits from the following.
- PHRM 705 Global Health (3 CREDITS)
- PHRM 700 Chronic Illness (3 CREDITS)
- PHRM 632 Infectious Disease Pharmacotherapy (3 CREDITS)
- PHRM 685 Economic Outcomes Assessment (2 CREDITS)
- PHRM 716 Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes Research (3 CREDITS)
- PHRM 620 Special Populations (3 CREDITS)
- EMGT 715 Emergency Management for Public Health Professionals (3 CREDITS)
Infectious Disease Management
Infectious disease management is designed to develop knowledge and expertise in the areas of infectious disease pathogenesis with an emphasis on microbial pathogens, and the application of modern technologies and epidemiologic skills to prevent and control problems arising from infectious diseases. An emphasis will be placed on the understanding of zoonotic disease (diagnosis, prevention and management), the investigation of emerging infectious diseases, and enhancing the public response to a bioterrorism event or biosecurity emergencies. Pathogen recognition, pathogen management and methods of disease prevention and mitigation will be areas of focus. Students who apply for the track must have completed at least an introductory course in microbiology.
- MICR 650 Infectious Disease Pathogenesis (3 CREDITS)
- MICR 670 Basic Immunology (3 CREDITS)
- MICR 756 Zoonoses and Rural Public Health (3 CREDITS)
- MICR 675 Virology (3 CREDITS)
- MICR 663 Clinical Parasitology (3 CREDITS)
- MICR 665 Fundamentals of Animal Disease (3 CREDITS)
- MICR 724 Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 CREDITS)
- MICR 750 Advanced Epidemiology (3 CREDITS)
- MICR 762 Advanced Pathogenic Microbiology & Advanced Immunology (6 CREDITS)
- MICR 775 Molecular Virology (3 CREDITS)
- MICR 781 Advanced Bacterial Physiology (3 CREDITS)
- MICR 722 International Health Systems, Policy and Biosecurity (3 CREDITS)
For information about graduate faculty for this program as well as their current research interests, visit the Master of Public Health bulletin page.
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