The Indigenous Health Ph.D. program is the first of its kind in the world, in which
students will gain skills and knowledge from our programfaculty who combine for nearly 100 years of Indigenous Health experience.
The PhD is accredited through the University of North Dakota’s regional accreditation
by the Higher Learning Commission.
Our program will prepare you for careers as a health researcher, health program evaluator,
health policy analyst, University or tribal college faculty, tribal health director,
health program administrator, Indigenous health consultant, nonprofit administrator,
public health officer, among others.
We anticipate an average of 12 students to matriculate into the Indigenous Health
PhD program each summer.
Yes, graduate students can complete the program part-time. Students will have a maximum
of seven years to complete the Indigenous Health PhD.
The curriculum is available in-person or online using live, interactive video. Lectures
are given in a synchronous format.
Courses are primarily offered in the evening (e.g., 5:30-8:30 pm CST).
Yes, a student may transfer PhD-level coursework towards the PhD. Requests will be
reviewed on a case-by-case basis. All course syllabi are required for review.
Students apply to and are admitted to the PhD program for summer semester starts annually.
Full-time students may complete the degree in three years.
Students will select either the Applied Track or Academic Track by end of fall semester of their first year. Students will work with their faculty
advisors to inform their decision.
Yes, a limited number of graduate teaching and research assistantships are available.
Assistantships will only be available for on-campus students.
The deadline for the 2022 application cycle is February 1, 2022.
In addition to the Master's degree requirement, applicants must have completed three-credit
graduate-level courses in both epidemiology and biostatistics. General admission requirements
can be found here.
Preference for admission will be given to applicants with at least one year of public
health-related work experience, either paid or unpaid.
The following documents are required to be considered a complete applicant:
Three letters of recommendation
A curriculum vitae
Indigenous research statement
Official transcripts sent to the UND School of Graduate Studies.
All supporting documents are due by the application deadline. Further information
can be found here, or you can contact the School of Graduate Studies at und.gradschooladmissions@UND.edu with further questions.
The GRE is not required for admission.
Yes, international students are welcome to apply. All non-native speakers of English must meet the School of Graduate Studies requirements
regarding fluency in written and spoken English. Please refer to the School of Graduate
Applicants who apply by the February 1, 2022 deadline, can expect to receive a decision
no later than May 1, 2022.
The following document lists the minimum requirements needed in hardware and software.
Newer software releases are recommended.