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Graduate School


Public Health

Progam Director

Dr. Donald Warne

Program Coordinator

Stefanie Meyer


118H Sudro Hall

Telephone Number

(701) 231-6549

Degrees Offered


Application Deadline

March 1, 2014

Test Requirements


English Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL ibT 90

Program Description

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 Master of Public Health program is a cooperative program between North Dakota State University and University of North Dakota that offers diverse tracks in public health that build upon the strengths of both campuses to meet the practical needs of the public and health care practitioners who serve it. The program focuses on rural health, health promotion and prevention, disease state management, and related activities of interest to North Dakota public health care practitioners and policy makers. Specializations at NDSU include American Indian public health, community health sciences, health promotion, and management of infectious diseases.

Admission Requirements

All admission decisions are based upon full review of all information in the application in order to ensure fairness and to balance the limitations of any single element of the application. Strong preference for admission will be given to applicants with at least one year of practical experience in their field, including practical field experience gained within an academic program.

Minimum Program Admission Requirements

In addition to the Graduate School admission requirements, applicants must have adequate preparation in a field related to public health and show potential to undertake advanced study, research and practical training as evidenced by previous academic accomplishment and experience.

The Admissions Committee will invite selected applicants for an interview on the basis of the Committee's review of all submitted application materials.

Final decisions will be made after all interviews are completed. Satisfactory completion of a background check is required prior to admission.

Policy on Transfer of Credit

A limited amount of graduate work completed at a regionally accredited North American institution prior to, or after matriculation in the program, may be applied toward the MPH. Graduate work is considered for transfer only on an individual basis and only after the student has completed satisfactory work in the program. Those transfer credits approved by the student’s advisor, course instructor, Program Director, and the Dean of the Graduate School will be included in the Program of Study for the MPH degree and only those transfer credits will be recorded on the transcript.

The basic purpose of the transfer policy is to ensure that transferred work is of comparable content, level, timeliness, and quality to that which would be taken at either UND or NDSU and included on a Program of Study for a masters degree. The following policies are generally applicable to the acceptance of the graduate work for transfer:

  • The work must have been undertaken at an accredited North American institution.
  • The student must have been enrolled at that institution as a graduate student.
  • The work must have received graduate credit at the institution where it was earned.
  • The student must have earned a grade of B or better.
  • The work must be less than seven years old at the time the MPH degree is awarded.

The maximum amount of transfer credit that will be accepted toward the MPH degree is nine (9) semester credit hours.

Required Coursework-18 credits

Council on Education for Public Health Core Area


Credit Hours



MPH 731: Biostatistics


Social & Behavioral Sciences

MPH 741:Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health


Health Services Administration

MPH 704: Leading and Managing Public Health Systems




MPH 751: Epidemiology


Health Services Administration

MPH 710: Health Care Delivery in the U.S.


Environmental Health

MPH 720: Environmental Health


Master’s Paper (MPH 793, 3 credits)

The MPH master’s paper is a requirement for graduation for students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program. This is an opportunity to work on public health projects under the direction of faculty and community public health practitioners or researchers. The goal is to synthesize, integrate and apply the skills and competencies acquired in the MPH Program to a public health problem. Completion of the MPH master’s paper requires both written and oral components.

Practicum/Internship (MPH 794, 3 credits total)

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 work must be approved in advance by the Director of the MPH program. Students cannot receive credit for past work experience.

Specialization: 18 credits

Total = 42 credits

For more information about MPH specializations, please visit the MPH website


Click here for course descriptions.


Within the MPH program two public health certificates are offered.

  1. General Public Health option
  2. American Indian Public Health option

The General option includes the following 18 credits and can be completed in one academic year.

  • MPH 704 Leading and Managing Public Health Systems
  • MPH 710 Health Care Delivery in the US
  • MPH 720 Environmental Health
  • MPH 731 Biostatistics
  • MPH 741 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
  • MPH 751 Epidemiology

The American Indian Public Health option includes the following 18 credits and can also be completed in one academic year.

  • MPH 704 Leading and Managing Public Health Systems
  • MPH 771 American Indian Health Policy
  • MPH 772 American Indian Health Disparities
  • MPH 773 Cultural Competence in Indian Health
  • MPH 774 Research Issues in Tribal Communities
  • MPH 775 Case Studies in Indian Health 

Apply online through the Graduate School

Admissions requirements for the certificate programs, in addition to Graduate School requirements, include:

  • Letter of intent
  • Official transcripts
  • 3.0 GPA for undergraduate and any graduate coursework
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • English Language test scores meet minimum for public health program


American Indian Public Health

Donna Grandbois, RN, Ph.D.
Linda Frizzell, Ph.D.
Donald Warne, MD, MPH

Community Health Sciences

Yue Ge, Ph.D.
Molly Secor-Turner, Ph.D.
Mark Strand, Ph.D.

Health Promotion

Ardith Brunt, Ph.D., RD
Woonwoo Byun, Ph.D.
Mary Larson, Ph.D., MPH, LRD, CDE

Infectious Disease

Paul Carson, MD
Nathan Fisher, Ph.D.
John McEvoy, Ph.D.
Birgit Pruess, Ph.D.
Jane Schuh, Ph.D.

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