Public Health Graduate

Address current global health issues

Prevent disease and prolong life by investigating society's most pressing health problems with a public health degree.


Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) (Online Only)

The M.P.H. is the most widely recognized professional credential for practice and leadership in public health. Our degree is offered online and in partnership with South Dakota State University. The program adopts an interprofessional approach in addressing the five core areas of public health:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health services administration
  • Social and behavioral sciences
  • Environmental health

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Admission Requirements

Application requirements can be found at Graduate School admission requirements and include:

  1. Completed Graduate Application
    Apply Online
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcript(s) verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and previous graduate credit earned
  4. Two letters of recommendation
    Letter of Recommendation Form
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Successful completion of a criminal background check upon acceptance
  7. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Public Health in the current graduate catalog.
Note: All courses in the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program have a delivery fee per credit hour.  For more information, please visit Graduate Tuition & Fees.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester: March 1

Online and Off Campus Options


The Classroom & Beyond

  • Interprofessional Training

    We offer annual interprofessional training to give students a better understanding of other health professional roles. They participate on an interprofessional health care team developing an integrated plan of care for role-played older adult patients facing multiple health issues.

  • Disaster Preparedness Training

    This day long training helps students in many programs to better understand disaster health systems and personal and community disaster planning. It also gives students National Disaster Life Support and Core Disaster Life Support credits.

  • School of Health Sciences Research Conference

    Research is an important aspect of academics at USD. Our students, faculty, and staff showcase their work annually at our school's research conference.