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Master of Public Health

Program Description

Sample plan of study

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Public health is the practice of helping members of society live healthier, longer lives by promoting healthy lifestyles through education and community engagement. More specifically, public health improves the general health of communities by monitoring the spread of diseases and supporting initiatives – both clinical and policy-oriented – to prevent disease and disability. Practitioners are educated in a wide array of academic and vocational fields, and they often collaborate on interprofessional teams to achieve goals

The online Master of Public Health is a professional degree designed for graduates and employees in health-related fields who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in their field of practice. In addition to completing the core course work, students in the program specialize in American Indian Public Health, Community Health Sciences, Management of Infectious Diseases, or Food Safety. Students in the program can choose to complete the degree at a distance through videoconferencing into the live course in real time. Students may choose to take a combination of distance-based and on-campus courses. 

We also offer online Public Health Graduate certificates in American Indian Public Health, General Public Health, Health Systems Leadership, and Infection Prevention. Earning a certificate is a valuable tool for career advancement and are designed for individuals who want to gain credentials at the graduate level instead of completing an entire Master’s degree. Credits from the NDSU graduate certificate are designed to roll into the full MPH degree program.


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Sample Plan of Study

Required Core Courses (24 credits):


Specialization Courses (18 credits each):


American Indian Public Health:

NDSU offers the only Master of Public Health program in the nation specifically designed to prepare graduates to work with American Indian populations and to improve Native health. The American Indian population suffers from among the worst public health disparities in the nation. In the Northern Plains, including North Dakota, the Native population has the highest rates of death due to diabetes, cancer, infant mortality, unintentional injuries and suicide. Risk factors and social causes of the disparities include high rates of smoking, substance abuse, poverty, poor nutrition, historical trauma and other circumstances.

In addition, unique American Indian health policy considerations, along with the federal government’s trust responsibility to provide health services, are often misunderstood among many public health leaders. Faculty members are American Indian Public Health professionals. They include Donna Grandbois, PhD, RN (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) and Siobhan Wescott, MD, MPH (Athabascan). 

Community Health Sciences:

The specialization explores contemporary health promotion in conjunction with inter-professional health teams and health-care systems for individuals, groups, organizations and communities using a policy, systems and environmental approach.

Management of Infectious Diseases:

Students in this specialization can tailor the program to suit their interests and professional goals by selecting from a variety of learning opportunities. They include disease diagnosis and detection, prophylaxis and vaccinology, therapeutics and antibiotic resistance, prevention of disease spread in hospitals or by vectors, public health policy and emergency responses to emerging diseases and biosecurity threats. In all areas, special attention is paid to the application of modern technologies and epidemiologic skills.

Food Safety:  

Upon completion of NDSU’s MPH degree with specialization in Food Safety, students will have the necessary skills and knowledge to become vital frontline members working to keep our population and food systems safe and secure. 


Total Credits : 42


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Frequently Asked Questions

F.A.Q.'s will be added at a later date.


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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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For current admission requirements, visit the Master of Public Health bulletin page.


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Contact Information

NDSU College of Health Professions
Phone: 701-231-6549
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Web: http://www.ndsu.edu/publichealth

NDSU Graduate School
Phone: 701-231-7033
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Web: http://www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/