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Master of Public Health

Promote, Protect and Improve the Public Health of Rural America

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 addressing the health care 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. The most recent M.P.H. self-study report can be downloaded below. Alternatively, the most recent copy of the accreditation self-study and final report can be obtained by contacting the MPH Program Director or the MPH Program Coordinator. For more information about accreditation, visit the CEPH website

M.P.H. Self-study Report

CEPH Accredited Master's Program

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Program helps student become public health advocate

Courtney Young didn’t see her bachelor’s degree in biology setting her in place to educate the staff of U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds and John Thune, but after almost two years of pursuing a Master of Public Health degree, Young was equipped to do that.

Hansen named dean of the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions following national search

South Dakota State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dennis Hedge announced today Dan Hansen has been chosen the dean of SDSU’s College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions. The announcement comes after a national search.

Master of Public Health program gains accreditation

The online Master of Public Health program at South Dakota State University has earned its initial accreditation, SDSU officials report.