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Department of Allied and Population Health

The Department of Allied and Population Health is a diverse department. At the undergraduate level, the department offers a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science degree program as well as degrees in Respiratory Care. The Medical Laboratory Science traditional on-campus program includes two years of pre-MLS and 2 years of MLS coursework. Students who have already completed 90 credits or graduated with a related degree and have completed the pre-MLS requirements can complete a 16-month accelerated program. The accelerated program uses a mixture of online, on-campus, and clinical experiences. An online program for practicing associate degree professionals (upward mobility program) is also available. Finally, the Medical Laboratory Science faculty offer a 9-credit certificate in phlebotomy. The Respiratory Care program offers a 2 year Associate's Degree and a 4 year Bachelor's degree, and students can take courses either in Sioux Falls or Rapid City. The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program is a graduate program within the Department of Allied and Population Health. The department also teaches social and administrative pharmacy content for the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) programs. In addition to teaching, the department advances population health through research and innovations in community health and wellness services.

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Brent Aukerman, a respiratory care program student at South Dakota State University and a student intern at Monument Health in Rapid City, is one of four students at the program’s Rapid City site to gain a temporary respiratory therapist license to help out during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID provides career jump-start for SDSU respiratory students

Editor’s note: At the bottom of this story is a three-paragraph sidebar on work being done by Master of Public Health students.

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.


SDSU offers degrees in respiratory care

South Dakota State University’s College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions is the new home for the respiratory care program. The program will offer two degrees: an associate and a bachelor’s degree in respiratory care.