Department of Public Health Statement on Racial and Social Injustice

The philosophical and ethical foundation upon which public health is built is one of social justice, which emphasizes collective action to address the root causes and social determinants of health inequities. Poor access to healthcare, experiences of racism, and economic insecurity all contribute to health inequities.

The devastating health and economic impacts of chronic health conditions, and recently the emergence of COVID-19, have a disproportionate impact on American Indian, Black, and other minority communities due in large part to another public health crisis – structural racism.

Recent protests calling for racial and social justice have been fanned by the killings of Black people at the hands of police; the unjustified killing of American Indian people is equally egregious, yet has received much less media attention. American Indian communities and communities of color have been raising their voices for decades against the devastating and continuing legacy of systems in which power, access to resources, and economic status are determined by the color of one's skin.

The NDSU Department of Public Health not only calls for community dialogue and criminal justice reforms and but also for action toward racial and social justice now. We support faculty, staff, and students of color and invite you to understand how racism is everyone’s problem and learn how to use your voice to promote social justice. The Department’s Action Plan for Addressing Racial and Social Injustice is being developed and will be posted soon.


The American Public Health Association (APHA) website:

Webinar hosted by APHA, “Racism: The Ultimate Underlying Condition:”

Program Values


Healthy people, thriving communities, equitable world

Mission Statement 

To develop and empower public health leaders through interprofessional education, practice, and research.

Program Goals

Goal 1. Instruction. The MPH program will prepare public health graduates with a sound knowledge and skills base in public health. 

Goal 2. Research. The MPH program will engage in high-quality research that leads to advances in public health. 

Goal 3. Service. The MPH program will provide service through community engagement and collaboration to meet the public health needs of North Dakota and the Northern Plains.

Goal 4. Leadership.  The MPH program will build capacity of the existing public health workforce and act as a catalyst for leadership development, continuing education, diversity, and innovation among the public health workforce.

Professionalism & Ethics

Our program values and promotes professionalism and ethics. We foster an environment where students, faculty, and staff serve as role models in the profession and community by representing the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior. Honesty, integrity, and collegiality guide all interactions with students, faculty, staff, administration, peers, and the public.

Interdisciplinary Team Approach

Our program recognizes and values an interdisciplinary team approach to public health, education, and research where each discipline works collaboratively to attain greater knowledge, expertise, and outcomes than what they are capable of accomplishing individually.

Social Justice

Our program values the promotion of health equity through equitable allocation and distribution of resources, services, programs among all populations; access to healthy environments, systems, and policies that promote health and eliminate health disparities.


Our program values diversity within our student body, faculty, and staff to assure broad perspectives in culture, world-view, and experiences.

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