USD’s School of Health Sciences is South Dakota’s most important broad-based educator of health care professionals, and many of those who graduate from the wide variety of programs and departments offered by the school work in locations where they serve South Dakota and South Dakotans.
With nine health education-focused departments, 22 programs and two significant public service centers, the School of Health Sciences is the largest and most comprehensive source of teaching and clinical preparation in South Dakota’s spectrum of higher education institutions that produce skilled practitioners in health professions. Many of USD’s health care programs are unique to South Dakota, as they are offered only through USD’s School of Health Sciences.
Between 2009 and the summer of 2019 the School of Health Sciences, through these nine departments and their programs, granted more than 4,400 degrees in health-related programs and studies. Sixty-three percent of those individuals – approximately 2,800 graduates – are working and/or living in South Dakota.
Miranda Ristau began USD's physical therapy doctorate program after extraordinary success as a student-athlete. The genesis of her impressive trajectory started in a small town and its high school, continued as an undergraduate at a small university and delivered her to USD.
The School of Health Sciences developed this program to help meet a mounting need for additional health care professionals serving South Dakota.
USD's School of Health Sciences, through its leadership and faculty, embrace important shared values.