2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    Feb 27, 2020  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Public Health (M.P.H.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Mary Beth Fishback
College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions
Avera Health and Science Center #249; Box 2202C

Program Information

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program is a collaborative degree offering of South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota. The M.P.H. degree is the most widely recognized professional credential for leadership and practice in public health. As outlined by the Council on Education for Public Health, which accredits M.P.H. programs, the M.P.H. curriculum covers the five core areas of public health education:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Services Administration
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Environmental Health

Course Delivery Format

Coursework is provided through distance delivery (online, DDN, etc.) using lecture formats and asynchronous presentations.

Student Engagement and Support Opportunities

The program offers student engagement through research and practice opportunities. Ongoing partnerships exist with entities such as the South Dakota Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Indian Health Services, and the South Dakota Department of Health.

Facilities and Services

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program is an interdisciplinary graduate program of the Graduate School, involving departments and colleges across the university.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Master of Public Health Option C - Coursework Only 42 Credit Hours

Core Requirements

(Instruction of some courses shared between USD and SDSU campuses)


Credits: 6

Total Required Credits: 42

Additional Admission Requirements

  1. Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree or an equivalent degree from an institution with full regional accreditation for that degree.
  2. Through no specific major is required, adequate undergraduate preparation in social, health, or biological sciences is recommended.
  3. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on conferred degree and/or graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, based on a 4.0 scale, on all graduate coursework.  Each institution may admit students on conditional or provisional status per university policy.
  4. Complete the Graduate School application along with the $35 application fee.
  5. Statement of purpose for studying Public Health (include career plans relative to the MPH).
  6. Two letters of recommendation are required.
  7. Successfully complete a criminal background check upon acceptance.

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