Community Health Sciences
The Community Health Sciences specialization of NDSU’s Master of Public Health program prepares leaders in public health to use evidence to improve population health at the community level. The Community Health Sciences specialization is appropriate for healthcare professionals, educators, professionals in Extension education and human and social services. The skills taught in this specialization will prepare students to determine health needs in the community by collecting and analyzing data as well as using data to build programs to effectively improve health at the community level. 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.
Upon completion of the specialization, students are encouraged to obtain certifications that facilitate career goals such as Certified in Public Health (CPH) or Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Specialization in Community Health Sciences prepares graduates for careers within healthcare or community organizations to prevent and manage high burden health problems, such as chronic diseases.
Admission into the Community Health Sciences specialization requires sufficient academic course work or experience in health sciences, community health, health education, a health profession, psychology, or social sciences. Applicants should address their education and work experience qualifications in their letter of application.
Students will take the required Master of Public Health core courses, including Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Public Health Management and Policy, Environmental Health, Community Health Leadership, and Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health. In addition, students are required to complete the Master of Public Health practicum and a master’s paper, each focused on community health.
Students will take the required foundational Master of Public Health courses, including Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Public Health Management and Policy, Environmental Health, Community Health Leadership, and Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health. In addition, students will be required to complete the Master of Public Health practicum and a master’s paper—each focused on Community Health Sciences. The 18-credit specialization curriculum is described below.
|Required Courses||Credit Hours|
NURS 715, Advanced Community Assessment
And choose 6 credits from the course listed on the Program Electives page
Community Health Sciences Faculty
- Abby Gold, PhD, MPH, RD, Vice Chair/Associate Professor
- Mark Strand, PhD,CPH, Professor
- Molly Secor-Turner PhD, Associate Professor
- Mary Larson, PhD, MPH, RD, Assistant Professor