PHARM.D./MPH DUAL DEGREE - COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES TRACK
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 it 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 (MPH) 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. Specific specializations at NDSU include community health sciences, health promotion, management of infectious diseases, and American Indian public health.
The MPH degree consists of 42 credits and can be completed in 2 years as a full time graduate student. Pharm.D. students are able to complete a Pharm.D./ MPH dual degree with a community health science specialization in as little as 1 extra year of study. Pharm.D. students who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply for the Pharm.D./MPH program through the graduate school.