Accelerated Bachelor in Public Health Education/Master of Public Health

Admission Requirements - Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's (ABM) 5-year Degree

The Accelerated Bachelor in Public Health Education/Master of Public Health degree program allows exceptional high school students and undergraduate students at UND an opportunity to complete the requirements for both the bachelor's and master's degrees at an accelerated pace. High achieving high school students (GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 and an ACT score of 25 or higher) will initially be considered for "identified" status and become eligible for formal admission when they meet the same criteria that undergraduates must meet for admission. Admission is a competitive process and meeting the following minimum eligibility requirements doesn't guarantee admission.

  1. Applicants must meet the School of Graduate Studies' current minimum general admission requirements for the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's (ABM) 5-Year Degree Program as published in the graduate catalog.

  2. A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (based on A= 4.00) for all undergraduate work.

  3. Completion of Introduction to Public Health (PHE 101), Epidemiology in Public Health (PHE 102), Introduction to Global Health (PHE 103), and Community Health (PHE 302), with a minimum grade of B in each course.

ABM 5-Year Degree Program Admission (MPH: Master of Public Health)

The ABM degree program allows exceptional undergraduate students at UND an opportunity to complete the requirements for both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees at an accelerated pace.  All requirements for both degrees must be met, and these students may double count up to 12 graduate-level credits towards the requirements for both their Bachelor in Public Health Education and their Master of Public Health degree requirements.  ABM students must obtain their Master of Public Health degree within 12 months of completing the Bachelor of Public Health Education degree, provided that the degree requirements can be completed in that timeframe. 

High achieving high school students (GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 and an ACT score of 25 or higher) will initially be considered for “identified” status and become eligible for formal admission when they meet the same criteria that undergraduates must meet for admission into the ABM program.  Admission is a competitive process.  The following are minimum eligibility requirements:    

  1. Students must meet the School of Graduate Studies admissions eligibility requirements. 

  2. Students must have completed a minimum of 60 credits, including credits earned from advanced placement and dual credit.  Students must apply before completion of the undergraduate degree.

  3. Transfer students with a minimum of 60 credits-whether from the transfer institution alone or in combination with UND credits-must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 at the time of admission to the ABM program.

  4. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 at UND at the time of admission into the ABM program.

  5. ABM program applicants must submit the standard application to the School of Graduate Studies, the application fee, a personal statement, and transcripts.  ABM program applicants do not need to take the GRE or other standardized exams.  

Additionally, ABM program applicants must submit a detailed Program of Study that describes the 12 credits of double-counted courses, the courses that will be taken after being accepted into the MPH program, the courses that will be taken before graduation from the Bachelor of Public Health Education program, and the expected graduation date for each degree.  The submitted program of study must be signed by the student, the student's undergraduate advisor, the student’s graduate advisor, and the Master of Public Health Program Director.

Program Requirements

The MPH program requires the successful completion of at least 42 credits of coursework. The MPH Core curriculum covers all competencies and areas of foundational knowledgerequired for public health programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The MPH program also requires completion of of 12credit specialization in Population Health Research & Analytics, Indigenous Health, or Health Management & Policy; a 3 credit Practicum; and a 3 credit Integrative LearningExperience. The core curriculum and the specialization curricula in Indigenous Health and Health Management & Policy are available online, and the specialization curriculum in Population Health Research & Analytics is available in-person and through distance education/interactive video network. 

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Public Health degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Master of Public Health Program.

Coursework

Required MPH Core Coursework (21 (27 credits):

MPH 531Biostatistics 13
MPH 551Epidemiology3
MPH 541Public Health Communication2
MPH 510Public Health & Health Care Systems2
MPH 504Planning and Management to Promote Health3
POLS 552Health Policy3
MPH 520Environmental Health2
MPH 545Public Health Leadership & Interprofessional Practice3

MPH Practice Experience

MPH 594 Practicum, 3 credits

The Practicum is a planned, supervised, and evaluated practice experience. It provides an opportunity to apply basic public health competencies acquired through coursework. The Practicum is designed to meet student goals, specialization criteria, and the needs of the Practicum organization.  An approved proposal is required prior to enrollment in this course.

MPH Integrative LearningExperience 

The MPH core courses must be completed before beginning the Culminating Experience.

MPH 995 Integrative Learning Experience,2 credits

The Scholarly Project is one component of the MPH Culminating Experience, and enrollment is concurrent with MPH 590.  Students complete a project that demonstrates synthesis and application of knowledge acquired through coursework and other public health learning experiences.

MPH 590 MPH Seminar, 1 credit

The MPH Seminar is one component of the MPH Culminating Experience, and enrollment is concurrent with MPH 995.  The course addresses current issues in public health.  Presentations and discussions focus on dissemination, synthesis, and application of knowledge acquired through coursework and other public health learning experiences.

MPH Optional Internship Experience 

MPH 596 Public Health Internship, 6-24 credits

The Public Health Internship is a professional experience in an approved public health-related agency or organization. An internship is optional for MPH students, and can be paid or unpaid. It does not replace the 42-credit required coursework for the MPH degree but is an additional training experience, which would be undertaken when most or all MPH coursework is complete.

Specializations

The threeMPH specializations - Health Management & Policy, Population Health Research & Analytics, and Indigenous Health- provide integrative and practical learning experiences that are designed to foster intellectual growth, critical thinking, and essential problem-solving and communication skills. Graduates are prepared to work in many regional, national, and international settings including public health and other government agencies, health care delivery organizations, health plans, non-governmental health organizations, and academic institutions.  Each specialization consists of 9 credits.

Health Management and Policy Specialization

The specialization in Health Management & Policy provides students with skills needed to manage health care and public health systems effectively and efficiently, analyze and evaluate health policies, and communicate successfully to effect improvements in the health care and public health systems.  The curriculum for the specialization is offered in partnership with the College of Business and Public Administration, which adds depth to the faculty expertise and course offerings available to MPH students.

REQUIRED COURSES = 12credits

POLS 551Health Administration and Organization3
MPH 572Health Care Budgeting and Finance3
MPH 555Health Law & Policy Analysis3
MPH 583American Indian Health Policy3

ELECTIVE COURSES = 3 credits                                                                                                                              

With advisor approval, other courses may be substituted.

POLS 501Political and Public Policy Analysis3
MPH 570Special Topics in Population Health1-3
POLS 561Creation and Management of Social Enterprises3
POLS 562Political Advocacy and Social Entrepreneurship3
MPH 574Foundations of Health Economics3
MPH 558System Dynamics 23
GEOG 474Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)2
GEOG 474LGIS Laboratory1
GEOG 574Advanced Techniques in Geographic Information Systems3
EFR 510Qualitative Research Methods3
POLS 537Program Evaluation3

Indigenous Health Specialization

The specialization in Indigenous Health is unique nationally in that students will develop the skillsets required to effectively promote public health in Indigenous populations both in the United States and internationally. The curriculum includes analysis of the impact of colonization on health as well as current-day social, policy, environmental, and ecological determinants of health in Indigenous populations. Strategies and best practices in developing and implementing public health programs in Indigenous populations is also covered. 

REQUIRED COURSES = 12 credits

MPH 581Principles of Indigenous Health3
MPH 582Social & Ecological Determinants of Indigenous Health 3
MPH 583American Indian Health Policy3
MPH 584Public Health Programming in Indigenous Populations3

ELECTIVE COURSES = 3 credits                                                                                                                              

With advisor approval, other courses may be substituted.

POLS 501Political and Public Policy Analysis3
MPH 570Special Topics in Population Health1-3
POLS 561Creation and Management of Social Enterprises3
POLS 562Political Advocacy and Social Entrepreneurship3
MPH 574Foundations of Health Economics3
MPH 558System Dynamics 23
GEOG 474Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)2
GEOG 474LGIS Laboratory1
GEOG 574Advanced Techniques in Geographic Information Systems3
EFR 510Qualitative Research Methods3
POLS 537Program Evaluation3

Population Health Research & Analytics Specialization

The specialization in Population Health Research & Analytics provides students with skills needed to produce convincing and scientifically sound information about population health, evaluate the effectiveness of population health interventions, and provide the basis for improving health policies and programs.  The course of study includes training in research methods, biostatistics, informatics, and communication of scientific results.  Students learn how to design outcomes and comparative effectiveness studies, collect and analyze population health data, and communicate results.

REQUIRED COURSES = 13 credits

MPH 533Advanced Biostatistics3
MPH 505Public Health Data Management in SAS1
MPH 532Biostatistics 23
MPH 550Population Health Research Methods3
MPH 552Epidemiology 23

ELECTIVE COURSES = 3 credits                                                                                                                               

With advisor approval, other courses may be substituted.

MPH 534Bioinformatics3
MPH 535Health Care Data Mining3
MPH 538Introduction to Structural Equation Analysis3
MPH 558System Dynamics 23
MPH 570Special Topics in Population Health1-3
MPH 574Foundations of Health Economics3
GEOG 474Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)2
GEOG 474LGIS Laboratory1
GEOG 574Advanced Techniques in Geographic Information Systems3
EFR 510Qualitative Research Methods3
POLS 537Program Evaluation3

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