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Public Health

Through the online Master of Public Health program, you'll take courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences and environmental health – equipping you to be a well-rounded leader who can address public health needs of rural communities.

Shape the health of the community

The health and wellness of a population extends beyond direct patient care; professionals in public health promote health and wellness at the community level by performing a variety of duties, including researching disease or injury prevention, implementing educational programs and engaging in outreach initiatives. We can improve the health of individuals by protecting the health of our communities.

As a student pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH), you will learn to address the public health needs of rural and underserved communities. In partnership with South Dakota State University, our program prepares you to help hospitals thrive in the era of health care reform, improve the health of South Dakotans through partnerships with public health departments, and enhance wellness through disease prevention, policies and programs. You'll dive into the five core areas of public health – biostatistics, epidemiology, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health – as you develop into the leader your community needs. You'll graduate well-positioned for success in a range of public health positions and public health specialties, including those in health service administration, epidemiology, biostatistics, public health policy, research, environmental health, hospital safety and infectious disease control and more.

Quality Educational Experiences

USD's Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation ensures that USD has been evaluated and has met standards established by the public health profession. It promotes professional mobility and enhances employment opportunities.

Degrees & Offerings

Public Health (MPH)


The MPH is the most widely recognized professional credential for practice and leadership in public health. USD's 100% online program – the only one of its kind offered in the state – will prepare you to protect and improve the health of your community. Your education will emphasize serving rural and underserved communities.

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Graduate Admissions

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Each program has unique application requirements and deadlines. Be sure and consult the graduate catalog for detailed program information. It will ensure your application and materials are complete and submitted on time. To learn more about the application process, visit how to apply.

Known for Excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.
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Student Opportunities

The academic opportunities available to you extend beyond the classroom. Visit our department webpage for more information about the experiences and resources you can look forward to as a student at USD.


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Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in public health & health sciences.
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Public Health & Health Sciences

The Department of Public Health and Health Sciences emphasizes collaborative learning, equipping students with a rich understanding of the health care field and preparing them to excel in careers such as advocating for health policy, promoting health through education, managing health data analytics and leading collaborative health care teams. The department offers degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's and doctorate levels.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences. Our faculty are experts in their field, contributing research and scholarship in productive aging and gerontology, management of chronic disease, health and culture, attachment, Native American health and more.
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Kory Zimney

Prog Director, PhD HS
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Ryan Groeneweg

Clinical & Behavior Svcs Mngr
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Whitney Lucas Molitor

Program Dir, UG Public Health
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Melissa Allen

Adjunct Faculty
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Musheera AnisAbdellatif

Assitant Professor
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Amanda Huber

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Jonelle Hook

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Denyelle Kenyon

Associate Dean, SSOM Div & Inc
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Angela Landeen

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Kimberly Marso

Adjunct Instructor
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Amy Nelson

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Susan Puumala

Senior Lecturer
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Brittany Schultz

Academic Advisor
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Rexann Smith

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Chelsea Wesner

Research Instructor
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Becky Wolff

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Serving Rural Communities

USD's master's in public health program emphasizes rural and Native American communities, uniquely preparing you to serve individuals and families in these areas. You'll graduate equipped with the skills you need to improve the health of South Dakotans – including rural and underserved populations – through health promotion, health analysis and disease prevention programs with public health departments.

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Take Your Classes Online

We're committed to bringing our knowledge to you. USD serves the largest number of online students in the state of South Dakota. With competitive online tuition rates, we offer the same price whether you’re out-of-state or an in-state resident.


USD maintains a challenging and rigorous curriculum focused on preparing you to move forward in your career.


Take classes at your own pace, enroll in an online class today! 


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Follow Your Passion for Helping Others

In this program, you'll find a community of students and faculty who share a passion for improving health outcomes. Join the team of public health practitioners and leaders who lead fulfilling careers serving their communities in a variety of ways; from research to public health policy and mental health care to nutrition, there are countless paths you can take to follow your passion and help others.

Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 
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More About Tuition & Fees

This is an estimate tuition rate* per credit hour and other factors such as special fees associated with your program may change the cost of tuition. Tuition rates are subject to change. 

If you are wondering about how to pay for graduate school, there are additional funding options to consider.

hear from a usd alum

USD Alumna Marie Gross
I love the MPH program, it has me thinking about health issues more comprehensively. Plus, what I’m learning is directly applicable to the work I am already doing and to the goals I have set for myself. I will be one of the few people living on the Cheyenne River reservation with an MPH degree. I will be proud of that, of course, but more importantly, what I learn will enhance my abilities to help others, and that’s why I do this work.

Marie Gross, MPH

MPH, Public Health '19
Timber Lake, South Dakota

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