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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 in 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.

Department Head, Allied and Population Health

  • Sharrel Pinto, Department Head

    Sharrel Pinto

    Department Head , Allied and Population Health | Center Director, Community Practice Innovation Center (CPIC) | Hoch Endowed Professor for Community Pharmacy Practice

    Department of Allied and Population Health

    Medical Laboratory Science

    Respiratory Care

    SDSU - Sioux Falls


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. For more information about accreditation, visit the CEPH website

M.P.H. Self-study Report

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.

SDSU event highlights need for public health workers

South Dakota State University took time April 5 to recognize the “invisible” contingent of America’s public health workforce.

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.