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MPH program fits Rumrill’s life, career

Deb-Rumrill

Having been initially motivated to explore the Master of Public Health program through her work with at-risk children in community science initiatives and with young students in public education, Deborah Rumrill soon learned the MPH program perfectly fit her in more ways than one.

Having learned the students’ personal stories, Rumrill saw how social determinants of health impacted their lives. It was then she learned she wanted to explore opportunities in public health to improve communities from the perspective of prevention.

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Online program helps Holroyd pursue degree

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For Rapid City native Nichole Holroyd, the joint South Dakota State University and University of South Dakota online Master of Public Health program was the ideal opportunity to continue her South Dakota-based education while living in North Carolina.

Holroyd relocated to Pinehurst, North Carolina, with her husband and daughter just over a year ago for her husband’s career. Holroyd graduated from SDSU with a bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science (now medical laboratory science) and minors in biology, chemistry and Spanish in 2009.

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MPH program helps Hemmingson in career

Tyler Hemmingson of Rapid City found the joint South Dakota State University and University of South Dakota online Master of Public Health program expanded his opportunities in all the right directions.

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Rapid City native Tyler Hemmingson has seen the benefits of the MPH program.

Currently working with the Regional Value Improvement System at Regional Health, he collaborates with teams to establish process improvement initiative in the health-care system, putting the skills developed through his MPH coursework to good use on a daily basis.

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