Known for Excellence

Prepare to serve others and the health care system as a leader capable of delivering expert guidance, compassionate care and transformative healing at USD.

Given the rapidly-changing landscape of health care, our health systems need practice-ready professionals who are adaptable and confident as they deliver the highest quality care. The USD School of Health Sciences equips you with the hands-on experiences, expert guidance and holistic training you need to become a leader in your community. 


Your Program Options

The USD School of Health Sciences offers flexible programs that emphasize real-world learning and person-centered care, preparing you to be a confident and empathetic leader. 

Select a path to explore your options.

Alumna Success Story

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USD's influence in my life has still been cultivating relationships with mentors that provide me direction and guide me to excellent research and researchers. I believe they prepared me well with understanding research evidence and how to keep thinking outside the box. I am not afraid to reach back to my former USD mentors for guidance even now. USD prepared me to never stop learning.

Marit E. Johnson, PT, MS, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 

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Real-World Experience Starts Here

Home to the state’s only comprehensive health sciences school and medical school, USD offers a unique learning environment that mirrors the health care industry. Students from a variety of health care disciplines learn, train and practice together as coordinated teams. This enriches your education today and connects you with the colleagues you will work alongside tomorrow. 


Student Gaining Hands-On Experience Working With a Patient Inside a Clinic.

Putting Humanity First

Humanity is at the center of health care; it should be at the center of your education, too. 


At USD, you will gain the communication, emotional intelligence and teamwork skills you need to serve others at the highest standard of care. Because your education is not only about developing the expertise you need to succeed; it is also about developing you into a capable leader who serves others with confidence, empathy and compassion.


Serving the State and Our Students

The School of Health Sciences leads a variety of programs and services to improve health outcomes, share knowledge and support the next generation of health care leaders. 

Explore our special programs and public service initiatives.

Leadership & Staff

The faculty and staff in the School of Health Sciences are dedicated to building exceptional, compassionate professionals who make health and wellness possible. 
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Haifa Samra

Dean-School of Health Science
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Ranelle Nissen

Assoc Dean, Health Sciences/Associate Professor
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Kory Zimney

Assoc Dean-Health Sciences
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Bridget Diamond-Welch

Associate Professor-Research
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Sabina Kupershmidt

Associate Professor


Interprofessional teamwork
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Michelle Mashlan

Dir of Finance-Health Affairs
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Ashley Kroon

BOR HR Representative III
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Jeremy Aylward

Coordinator of Business Operations
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Johanna Gregoire

Program Assistant I
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Brock Rops

Assist Dir-AHEC Clinical & Ed
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Kim Lee

Communications Coordinator
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Michele Seaton-Bertsch

Asst Advisor/Recruiter

Our Philosophy


DEPARTMENTS & Facilties 

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education at the School of Health Sciences.
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Teaching and Research Laboratory

Located in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center on USD's campus in Vermillion, the Teaching and Research Laboratory is a centralized location for occupational therapy, physical therapy, kinesiology and sport management, and sports medicine programs. There are collaborative spaces for the various programs, as well as state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories and clinical spaces that facilitate hands-on learning.

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School of Health Sciences' Office of Research & Innovation

Our office strives to support the School of Health Sciences in their mission to recognize expertise, innovation, research, and scholarship. We offer trainings, grant assistance and research collaboration.

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Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment

The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment focuses on delivering education, outreach and research geared toward eliminating child sexual abuse and maltreatment in South Dakota.

The new SHS building.

Center for Health Education

A state-of-the-art, 45,000 square foot building attached via a link to Lee Medical that provides the person-centered training you need to thrive.

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Delta Dental Oral Health Center

The Delta Dental Oral Health Center is a new community dental hygiene clinic at USD, named in honor of a $1 million gift from the Delta Dental of South Dakota Foundation. Services are open to the public.

Exterior of Lee Medical Building during the day.

Interprofessional Health Education Center

Learn to become an interprofessional team in real-world settings.

Dental Hygiene Student Cleaning a Patient's Teeth

Sioux Falls Dental Clinic

Our dental hygiene clinic in Sioux Falls is open to the public. Students learn under the close supervision of licensed dentists and licensed hygienists. Our services are offered at reduced rates; however, appointments generally take more time than traditional dental offices.

Lee Medical Building

Nursing Center for Simulation and Interprofessional Development

Cultivate informed decision-making skills and foster collaboration among health care professionals in a facility that leverages advanced technology using immersive simulations.

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Support the School of Health Sciences

The USD School of Health Sciences is developing tomorrow's health care professionals and leaders. Your support enables us to provide students with the resources, facilities and experiences they need to focus on their education and follow their calling to help others.


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The South Dakotan Health

Our digital publication, The South Dakotan Health, features the latest stories about our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends and the meaningful contributions they provide to their communities.

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Contact Us

School of Health Sciences
Lee Medical Building Room 302
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069