Master of Public Health

Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of the online application and payment of the application fee.
  2. A baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university (for U.S. degrees, accreditation by one of the six regional accrediting associations: MSA, NASC, NCA, NEASC-CIHE, SACS-CC or WACS-Sr.).
  3. An undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00. 
  4. A standardized test.*  One of the following tests is required: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT), or Law School Admission Test (LSAT).  There is no minimum score required for admission.  Scores are used in combination with other indicators to determine eligibility for the MPH program.  Standardized test scores must be sent by the testing service directly to UND. The institution code for the UND is 6878.
    1. *A standardized test is not required of applicants who have completed an advanced degree (Master’s degree or higher) in a graduate program at an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution of higher learning. 
    2. *A standardized test is not required of applicants who have a minimum of five years of relevant experience in public health that demonstrates ability to engage in graduate level coursework in the field of public health.  Please contact the MPH Program Manager for more information.
  5. Fluency in written and spoken English.  All non-native speakers of English must meet the School of Graduate Studies requirements regarding fluency in written and spoken English.  Please refer to the School of Graduate Studies website.

Applicants are required to submit the following supporting documentation:

  1. A written statement that describes the applicant’s professional goals and motivation for seeking a degree in public health.  In addition, applicants should comment on any personal qualities, characteristics, and abilities they believe will enable them to be successful in achieving their career goals.
  2. Resume listing work experience, including voluntary, and relevant accomplishments, awards, and honors.
  3. Official post-secondary academic transcripts from all institutions attended.  Transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions to the UND School of Graduate Studies.
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who the applicant feels are most qualified to evaluate their academic potential and leadership potential in public health.

The Admissions Committee may request an in-person or Skype interview with an applicant to assist in the decision process.  A background check will be completed on each student before admission is final.

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 knowledge required for public health programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).  The MPH program also requires completion of an 12 credit specialization in Population Health Research & Analytics, Indigenous Health, or Health Management & Policy; a 3 credit Practicum; and a 3 credit Integrative Learning Experience. 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 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 Learning Experience 

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 three MPH 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 = 12 credits

POLS 551Health Administration and Organization3
MPH 572Health Care Budgeting and Finance (Students take either MPH 574 or MPH 572)3
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 Laboratory (Co-requisite with GEOG 474)1
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 Laboratory (Co-requisite with GEOG 474)1
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 Laboratory (Co-requisite with GEOG 474)1
GEOG 574Advanced Techniques in Geographic Information Systems3
EFR 510Qualitative Research Methods3
POLS 537Program Evaluation3