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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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Opportunity for Third Party Comment

The joint USD - SDSU Master of Public Health program seeks accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Stakeholders are invited to provide written comments to CEPH before Sept. 1, 2020.

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Pharmacist and students in community pharmacy

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.

Seiber Leads Research Ethics Training for Health in Indigenous Communities (rETHICS) at SDSU

Michaela Seiber, research coordinator in the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health's Department of Allied and Population Health and 2016 Master of Public Health graduate, led a human subjects research ethics training at the University Student Union Sept. 18.

Graduate named a 2019 Bush Fellow

Michaela Seiber ’13/MPH ’16 was named one of the Bush Foundation’s 2019 Bush Fellows, who are thinking big about how to invest in their leadership to creatively solve problems in their communities.