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Welcome to the Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University (NDSU)! There is no more exciting time to study public health than now. National figures show a dramatic increase in the demand for trained professionals in the public health workforce. NDSU offers the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with specializations in: 

  • American Indian Public Health;  
  • Public Health in Clinical Systems;
  • Health Promotion; and 
  • Management of Infectious Diseases.

NDSU’s MPH program is offered both on-campus and through distance education formats. NDSU is committed to being student focused and to providing opportunities for students to participate in the wide variety of research taking place on campus. The Department of Public health is part of a culture of academic excellence, made evident by the university’s position as a top research university as reported by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. The MPH program fosters this commitment by keeping class sizes small and providing opportunities for students to work closely with faculty on research projects.

Of particular importance to public health in our state is determining how to meet the challenges of change and diversity within rural areas. Rural health solutions are essential to the well-being of North Dakota and to other areas of the nation and the world. North Dakota is an ideal location for rural public health research in addition to the application of practical solutions to health improvement for rural communities. One of the ways in which the Department of Public Health at NDSU is serving this need is through the creation of the innovative American Indian Public Health specialization. There is a substantial American Indian population in the upper Midwest, including North Dakota, with unique public health challenges related to both diversity and rurality. The National Indian Health Board passed Resolution 13 – 02 declaring support for the American Indian Public Health Track at NDSU.

Public health is defined as the practice of helping members of society live healthier, longer lives. More specifically, public health focuses on improving 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. It is practiced by multidisciplinary teams whose members’ training spans a wide array of academic and vocational fields. The MPH degree program at NDSU draws faculty from: Microbiology; Pharmacy; Nursing; Medicine; and Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science. 

NDSU can offer you an MPH degree that will be the gateway to achieving your professional goals. It will take caring and hard-working people such as you to improve the public’s health; apply here to make a difference!

Donald K. Warne, MD, MPH
Chair Department of Public Health at NDSU


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Current Events: 


INBRE Summer Undergraduate Research Program at NDSU
May 15-28
NDSU - Fargo, ND

Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
May 16-18
Alerus Center
Grand Forks, ND

Newborn Screening Conference
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
May 20
Ramada Bismarck

Native Research Network 26th National Native Health Research Conference
June 5-8
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
Cherokee, NC

Alive! Ambassador Training
June 9
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. or
12 - 1:30 p.m.
Fargo Cass Public Health
Fargo, ND

ND Immunization Conference
August 3-4
Ramkota Hotel
Bismarck, ND

Contact Us:

Summer Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours are 7:30 am to 4:00 p.m.  

U.S. Postal Service Address:
(Name of Recipient)
NDSU Department of Public Health
NDSU Dept. 2662
PO Box 6050
Fargo ND  58108-6050

FedEx and UPS Address:
1805 Research Park Drive
Fargo, ND  58102

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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-6549 / Fax: (701) 231-5586
Campus address: Research 2
Physical/delivery address: 1805 Research Park Drive, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2662 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Department of Public Health

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 3:52:32 PM