About the Master of Public Health Program
We prepare culturally-aware public health professionals with the motivation, skills, and knowledge to improve population health in the diverse communities of the Northern Plains and beyond.
The M.P.H. Program is located in the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. It is the only medical school in the state and was founded in 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.
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.
Leaders in Public Health
Special features include:
- An emphasis on faculty-student research collaboration
- Inter-professional education
- 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.
American Indian Students
Very few state universities in the entire United States can pride themselves on a fifty-year history of American Indian programming and commitment to American Indian educational achievement like the University of North Dakota. Find more information on American Indian Related Programs at the University of North Dakota.
Indians Into Medicine (INMED)
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 health care professional careers to meet the needs of our tribal communities.
INMED for Master of Public Health students includes the following services:
- Academic, career, and financial aid support and advisement
- Tutorial services and writing mentorship
- Access to the Stan Guardipee Memorial Student Loan Fund for emergency loans
- Networking with other Indigenous health sciences students and alumni
- Social and cultural events, conferences, and field experiences
- INMED Student Organization
- A traditional Honoring Ceremony and inclusion in the INMED Alumni organization upon graduation
INMED's student advisors 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.