A partnership between South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota is producing graduates in the online Master of Public Health program. Launched in January 2015, the program recorded its first graduates during the 2016-17 academic year.
Students can pursue the degree on a full-time or part-time basis, creating opportunities for graduates and employed health-care professional looking for the next level of education. The program benefits from expertise in the specialty of rural public health. To receive the degree, students must take 42 credits hours—36 coming from core courses.
The program develops public health practitioners and leaders to address the public health needs in rural communities. Graduates find jobs ranging from public health officers, health services administrators, health-care industry analysts, environmental health specialists and more. The Master of Public Health is the only program of its kind in the state and is the most widely recognized professional credential for practice and leadership in public health.
MPH was recently named among the 50 most affordable online MPH programs for 2017 by AffordableColleges.com.