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Master of Public Health

Promote, Protect and Improve the Public Health of Rural America

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The online Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program is a partnership between South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota and develops public health practitioners and leaders to address the public health needs of rural and underserved communities. The program has adopted an interprofessional approach to addressing the five core areas of public health:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health services administration
  • Social and behavioral sciences
  • Environmental health

The MPH is the most widely recognized professional credential for practice and leadership in public health. The Master of Public Health is the only program of its kind in the state and is offered online to meet the needs of a diverse student population.

SDSU and USD draw on their strengths in addressing the healthcare needs of rural and underserved communities and focus the MPH curricula on rural public health, creating a distinct national and regional identity for the program. This program is designed to train students in the core competencies of public health education and prepare them with the knowledge and skills necessary to assume a variety of positions in South Dakota and beyond.

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The Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Alternatively, the most recent copy of the accreditation self-study and final report can be obtained by contacting the MPH Program Director. For more information about accreditation, visit CEPH

CEPH Accredited Master's Program

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Community Practice Innovation Center team's manuscript featured in Pharmacy Times

A team from the Community Practice Innovation Center at South Dakota State University has recently published a manuscript detailing the results of a campaign to raise awareness of pharmacist and pharmacy-related services for patients with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Soon after being published, the manuscript was featured in a story in the online publication, Pharmacy Times.

Schultz named to Student Leaders in Public Health cohort

South Dakota State University student Heidi Schultz has been named to a 10-member Student Leaders in Public Health cohort by the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center. Schultz, from Rapid City, has been awarded a $3,500 stipend to assist with her public health field placement this spring semester.

SDSU to lead $1M fight against opioid misuse

South Dakota State University has been awarded a $1 million federal grant to implement a three-year project as part of the Rural Communities Opioid Program.