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About the Master of Public Health Program
The MPH program at the University of North Dakota is located in the School of Medicine & Health Sciences, which offers eight healthcare degree programs. It is the only medical school in the state and has been since 1905. UND, founded in 1883 in Grand Forks, is the state’s oldest and largest university. This environment is rich in resources that support excellence in public health research, service, and education.
Our educational priority is preparing students to respond to the growing demand for public health professionals who can transform data into information for decision-making. The size of health data is growing exponentially, and the skills to ‘mine’ big data are exceptionally valued by public and private health agencies, as well as healthcare provider and payer organizations. Therefore, both MPH specializations – Population Health Analytics and Health Management & Policy – emphasize analytics. The program’s Center for Comparative Effectiveness provides a laboratory for training in analytics.
Special features include an emphasis on faculty-student research collaboration; application of system dynamics to public health; inter-professional education; and opportunities for experiential learning with UND’s nationally recognized wellness initiative and Grand Fork’s many public and private organizations working collaboratively to improve health in the community. Residents of states in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Region receive in-state tuition.
The MPH program is 42 credits in length and can be completed in two years of full-time study or three to seven years of part-time study. Because of the diversity of our students, the program is designed for full and part-time study, as well as distance education through live broadcast of all classes. At this time, most students take courses at the UND campus in Grand Forks. However, distance learning is well established at UND and an integral part of the MPH program. We currently do not offer courses in the summer, except for the Practicum.
The MPH Core curriculum covers all required areas for accredited public health programs, including biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health, and health management and policy. The MPH Program has two specializations – Population Health Analytics and Health Management & Policy. Each prepares students for the work of population health improvement in the diverse communities of the Northern Plains and similar regions. In addition to providing specialization-specific training, both specializations stress the development of excellent critical thinking, problems solving, and communication skills.
The curriculum for the specialization in Health Management & Policy is offered in partnership with the Department of Political Science and Public Administration in the College of Business and Public Administration (CoBPA). This partnership adds depth to the faculty expertise and course offerings available to MPH students in the specialization. Students who wish to specialize in management and policy are admitted to the MPH Program and take the MPH Core courses first, followed by specialization courses. The members of the MPH Core faculty for the specialization have joint appointments in the MPH program and the CoBPA.
The curriculum for the specialization in Population Health Analytics prepares students to produce convincing and scientifically sound information to answer questions about population health, evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and provide basis for improving health policies and programs. The faculty and staff at the University of North Dakota work to create an intellectually challenging and socially engaging experience that provides students with the motivation, skills, and knowledge to improve health in communities and populations. Students will take core MPH courses first, and then specialization courses such as Evaluation, Biostatistics, and Research Methods.
The Practicum is a 240-hour practical public health experience in an organization that provides public health services. Practicum affiliation agreements have been developed with
local, national, and global public health sites
. Students can also request a Practicum site without an existing affiliation agreement, but this must be done a minimum of 6 months in advance of the Practicum start date to ensure that a working agreement can be established. The student's faculty advisor must approve the location, as well. The Practicum is required for the MPH degree, and it may be completed during any semester during the year or span up to three semesters.
Student Public Health Organization
The MPH program has a student organization – the Public Health Association (PHA), which is a resource for students and community members at the University of North Dakota interested in aspects of community and public health. The PHA is active in raising funds for student projects, including student travel to professional meetings, and sponsoring programs that enrich the MPH experience at UND.
The MPH program also offers a 15 credit graduate certificate in two areas of emphasis: Population Health Analytics and General Public Health. The certificate is designed for people who desire formal training in an aspect of public health, without the MPH degree. All credits from a certificate program can be transferred into the MPH program.
The MPH program encourages students to complete graduate certificate programs in one of the following UND programs: Geographic Information Science (GISc),
Policy Analysis, or
Social Entrepreneurship. These programs will enhance skills and expand job opportunities for MPH students.
Application to the MPH Program is made on-line through My GradSpace . Applications to the MPH Program are reviewed on a rolling basis. The Program admits students for fall and spring matriculation. Applications are reviewed until the class is full.
The cost of the MPH degree is approximately $29,500, not including student fees and books, for in-state residents and those eligible for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s (WICHE) Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). Visit UND Admissions to view current tuition rates, fees, and payment options.
Visit our Financial Aid page for information regarding financial support.
About the University of North Dakota
The MPH Program at the University of North Dakota (UND) is located within the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). The SMHS includes one of the nation's most respected community-based medical schools and is a leader in rural medicine. It has developed a full complement of programs to assist researchers, educators, policymakers, health care providers and, most importantly, rural residents to address changing rural environments by identifying and researching rural health issues, analyzing health policy, strengthening local capabilities, developing community-based alternatives, and advocating for rural concerns.The MPH program has ties to all facets of the Center, including the indigenous programs directed by Dr. Jacque Gray: the Seven Generations Center of Excellence in Native Behavioral Health (SGCoE), the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI), and the Native Research Health Team.
American Indian Students
Very few state universities in the entire United States can pride themselves on a forty-year history of American Indian programming and commitment to American Indian educational achievement like the University of North Dakota. For more information on American Indian Related Programs at the University of North Dakota, please visit http://und.edu/student-life/american-indian-student-services/_files/docs/irp12.pdf
Indians Into Medicine
The Master of Public Health program collaborates with the Indians Into Medicine Program (INMED) at the University of North Dakota. INMED is a comprehensive program designed to assist American Indian students who aspire to be health professionals to meet the needs of our tribal communities. The INMED Program provides the following services: student support and advising, Learning Resource Center, financial aid advisement, tutoring, INMED Student Organization, conferences, field experiences, student loan fund, and research.
INMED's student advisers assist participating students in planning class schedules and registering for each semester. The counselors' assistance can ensure adequate and timely preparation to enter professional degree programs. INMED's academic retention services support students throughout their health career pathways.
INMED staff can also help students work through the University system and inform them of the wide variety of services, including health care, which are available to University of North Dakota students. INMED staff also offer advocacy services to participating students and assist in their interactions with University faculty and staff.
For more information on INMED, please visit http://www.med.und.edu/indians-into-medicine/
The two state research universities – the University of North Dakota (UND) and North Dakota State University (NDSU) – offer the North Dakota Master of Public Health (NDMPH). Students apply to and complete their degree at one campus only - either UND or NDSU. Students choose UND or NDSU based on the MPH specializations offered at that campus, which are unique to that school. Although each MPH program is distinct and offers unique specializations, the two programs work together on common matters such as developing Practicum sites and offering public health events during Public Health Week. By working together, the MPH programs at UND and NDSU provide comprehensive public health training and service to North Dakota and the Northern Plains.