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What is public health?
Public health is the art and science of preventing disease and disability, and fostering health in communities and populations. Some of the ways that public health achieves these goals is by measuring and monitoring health status and the risk factors for health problems, responding to epidemics and evaluating those responses, developing prevention initiatives and public policies for health problems, and promoting healthful lifestyles through education and community engagement. Public health is practiced by interprofessional teams whose members are trained in a broad array of fields.
For more information on public health, visit www.thisispublichealth.org.
Why public health in North Dakota?
North Dakota is situated in the Northern Plains, and the MPH Program at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences reflects and responds to our location. There is much diversity within the Northern Plains, as North Dakota illustrates well. There are booming towns in the oil and gas fields in the west, agricultural communities in the rich Red River Valley, American Indian reservations in the central plains, frontier locales, and small cities throughout the state. These areas are continually changing in multiple ways including population size, economic basis, and culture. The MPH Program at UND emphasizes, and is enriched by, the diversity and change within the Northern Plains.
In addition, UND provides a rich academic environment for public health studies. The School of Medicine and Health Sciences, in which the MPH Program is located, contains the only
medical school in North Dakota and is the primary site for health sciences training in the state including the physician assistant, occupational therapy, physical therapy, sports
medicine, and medical laboratory science programs. The nationally recognized Center for Rural Health is our partner in public health education. Further, the School of Medicine and
Health Sciences has a long-standing commitment to reducing disparities in health and educational opportunities for American Indians through Indians Into Medicine (INMED), the Seven Generations Center of Excellence in Native Behavioral Health (SGCoE), and the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI). The MPH Program also partners with the UND College of Business and Public Administration to offer our Health Management and Policy specialization and collaborates with many departments including Geography, Earth Systems Sciences and Policy, and Kinesiology and Public Health Education. We are taking full advantage of the plentiful resources of UND to provide students with an exceptional public health education.
Is the MPH Program accredited?
The Master of Public Health Program at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. The Program has been accredited for five years (2021), the maximum period of accreditation for a new program. Read more about it here.
When can I start the MPH Program?
Applications to the MPH Program are reviewed on a rolling basis. The Program admits students for fall, spring and summer matriculation. Applications are reviewed until the class is full.
How long will it take to complete the MPH Program?
The MPH degree can be earned through full-time or part-time study. Full-time students can complete the 42-credit program in one and a half or two years. Part-time students can complete the program in three to seven years.
When are MPH courses offered?
All MPH core courses are offered in the evening to accommodate students who work. See the coursework page for information on course offerings and schedules. Current students are encouraged to talk with their faculty advisor for the most up-to-date information on course offerings.
Does the MPH Program accommodate distance learners?
MPH students can take their courses on campus or off-campus via live broadcast.
How much will the MPH degree cost?
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.
What is WRGP?
The MPH Program participates in WICHE's Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). The WRGP allows master’s, graduate certificate, and PhD students who are residents of WICHE-member states to enroll in selected programs at 56 participating institutions outside of their home states and pay resident tuition. MPH students from the following states are eligible for North Dakota resident tuition rate through the WRGP: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. WGRP students must fulfill all the usual requirements of the MPH Program and meet all admission deadlines.
Are there assistantships available?
Assistantships are available for MPH students through the SMHS, the School of Graduate Studies, and specific programs in the University. Full-time employees of UND and other North Dakota University System (NDUS) schools are eligible for tuition waivers according to NDUS policy number 820.2e. As assistantships become available, they will be communicated to students and posted to the MPH Program website. Visit the Financial Aid page for more information.
Can I take courses in more than one area of specialization?
Yes, students may enroll in courses in the other specialization if they meet the course prerequisites. However, these courses would be in addition to the 42 credits required for the degree.
Can I change my area of specialization after starting the MPH Program?
The MPH Program has a process for students in good academic standing to change specializations. Students should talk to their faculty advisor to begin this process.
Where can I do my Practicum? Can the Practicum be done in another country?
The MPH Program has secured practicum affiliation agreements with local, national, and international public health sites. Students can also request a practicum site without an existing affiliation agreement, but this must be done a minimum of six 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.
What are the hardware and software requirements for off-campus students?
The following document lists the minimum requirements needed in hardware and software. Newer software releases are recommended.
What is NDMPH?
The MPH Program at UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences is a member of North Dakota Master of Public Health (NDMPH), which is the affiliation of the MPH programs offered by the two state research universities – UND and North Dakota State University (NDSU). 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 MPH 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.