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.
North Dakota is situated in the Northern Plains, and the M.P.H. Program at the University
of North Dakota School of Medicine & 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 M.P.H. 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 & Health Sciences, in which the M.P.H. 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 M.P.H. Program also partners with the UND College of Business & 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.
The M.P.H. degree, housed in the Public Health Program at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. The degree has been accredited for five years (2021), the maximum period of accreditation for a new program.
Applications to the M.P.H. are reviewed on a rolling basis. The Program admits students for fall, spring and summer matriculation. Applications are reviewed until the class is full.
The M.P.H. degree can be earned through full-time or part-time study. Full-time students can complete the 42/43-credit program in one and a half or two years. Part-time students can complete the program in three to seven years.
All M.P.H. core courses are offered on campus, synchronous online, or in an asynchronous online format. See the coursework page for information on course offerings and schedules. Current students are encouraged to talk with the Program Manager for the most up-to-date information on course offerings.
M.P.H. core courses and the Health Management & Policy and Indigenous Health specializations are offered on campus and in an asynchronous, online format.
Population Health Research & Analytics specialization courses are offered on campus and in synchronous, online via live broadcast.
The cost of the M.P.H. degree is approximately $32,700, 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.
No standardized test, including the GRE, is required for admission to the UND Public Health Program as of Fall 2020.
The M.P.H. Program participates in WICHE's Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). The WRGP allows master’s, graduate certificate, and Ph.D. 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. M.P.H. 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 M.P.H. Program and meet all admission deadlines.
Assistantships are available for M.P.H. 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. Visit the Public Health Financial Aid page for more information.
Yes, students may enroll in courses in the other specializations if they meet the course prerequisites. However, these courses would be in addition to the 42 or 43 credits required for the degree depending on chosen specialization.
The Public Health Program has a process for students in good academic standing to change specializations. Students should talk to their faculty advisor to begin this process.
The Public Health 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.
The following document lists the minimum requirements needed in hardware and software. Newer software releases are recommended.
The M.P.H. at UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences is a member of North Dakota Master of Public Health (NDMPH), which is the affiliation of the M.P.H. degrees 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 M.P.H. specializations offered at that campus, which are unique to that school. Although each 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 programs at UND and NDSU provide comprehensive public health training and service to North Dakota and the Northern Plains.