Ph.D. in Indigenous Health

The Indigenous Health PhD is a 60-credit, post-Master’s degree program (42 for coursework, 12 for dissertation/portfolio, and 6 for seminar series).  A Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is preferred, but the Master’s degree requirement may include Master of Social Work, Master of Public Policy, Master of Public Administration, etc. We expect that students will have taken at least one 3-credit, graduate-level course in biostatistics and one in epidemiology. If not, they can take the MPH-level courses available at the University of North Dakota as prerequisites. 

We will incorporate and build case studies in historical trauma, boarding school/residential school experiences, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Infant Mortality Rates, food deserts, chronic disease, infectious disease, and risk factors across the curriculum. Accreditation for the PhD is through the University of North Dakota’s regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.

Graduates will have several skillsets and competencies, including:

  • Research Methods, including Indigenous Research Methods
  • Evaluation Methods, including Indigenous Evaluation Frameworks
  • Policy skills, including American Indian and Indigenous Health Policy
  • Leadership skills, including Indigenous Leadership Frameworks

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog, including:

  1. A four-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university.
  2. Successful completion of a master’s degree of at least 30 semester credits of courses in public health, social work, public policy, public administration, or related subjects. Applicants will have taken at least one 3-credit, graduate-level course in biostatistics and one in epidemiology. Graduate courses taken elsewhere may, at the discretion of the Indigenous Health PhD Program, be accepted in lieu of courses that would otherwise be taken at the University of North Dakota.
  3. Statement of interest, including personal goals and the relevance of the Ph.D. in Indigenous Health to those goals.
  4. Original academic paper reflecting the student’s ability to articulate and synthesize ideas.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from sources familiar with the applicant’s potential as a doctoral student in Indigenous Health.
  6. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy 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 Indigenous Health program.

  1. Completion of 90 semester credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. Thirty credit hours from a Master’s degree in public health or related discipline may be applied toward the 90 credit hours.
  2. Curriculum, listed below
  3. Comprehensive Examination
  4. Dissertation or Portfolio (12 credits):
  • PH 999—Dissertation (12) “Academic Track” will follow UND Graduate School guidelines for the dissertation.
  • PH 994—Students can also produce a portfolio that includes 3 products with prior approval of the advisor and Indigenous Health PhD Program (e.g. published manuscript, tribal program evaluation, tribal health strategic plan, grant application, policy brief, etc.) “Applied Track”  
PH 731Applied Biostatistics3
PH 751Applied Epidemiology3
PH 762Quantitative Methods3
PH 763Qualitative Methods3
PH 764Mixed Methods Research3
PH 766CBPR & Tribally-Driven Research Frameworks3
PH 765Indigenous Research Methods3
PH 760Public Health Program Evaluation3
PH 761Indigenous Evaluation Frameworks3
PH 781Principles of Indigenous Health-13
PH 782Principles of Indigenous Health-23
PH 783American Indian Health Policy3
PH 784Indigenous Health Policy3
PH 745Indigenous Leadership & Ethics3
PH 790Indigenous Health Seminar1
PH 994Indigenous Health Portfolio3
PH 999Dissertation3