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Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Promote, Protect, and Improve the Public Health of Rural America

The online Master of Public Health 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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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.

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.

Online program helps Holroyd pursue degree

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.