Vision Statement

The MPH program aims to promote, protect, and improve the public health of rural America.

Mission Statement

The University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University partner to offer a MPH program that uniquely benefits from expertise in the specialty of rural public health. Adopting an interprofessional approach to learning, scholarship, and engagement, the MPH program develops public health practitioners, researchers, and leaders who can enhance the public health of rural communities.

Core Values

The MPH program embraces the educational philosophy and values of the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University.  It is committed to the following core values:

  • Academic Excellence

  • Student Centered Education

  • Professionalism

  • Integrity

  • Diversity and Inclusiveness

  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Leadership

  • Commitment to Engagement & Service in the Community

  • Commitment to Ongoing Quality Assurance and Improvement

  • Commitment to the Professional Development of Students and Faculty