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Health Sciences Online Degree Recognized as One of Top Programs in Nation

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Health Sciences online bachelor’s degree offered at the University of South Dakota has been recognized as the third-best online health sciences program in the country. announced the rating, and noted the program’s interdisciplinary foundation, its customizable curriculum and six available coursework concentrations, an engaged academic community, and a willingness by the USD School of Health Sciences to help graduates pursue post-graduate opportunities.

“It is rewarding for this program to receive recognition for offering students choices as well as flexibility as they prepare for their careers or professional advancement,” said June Larson, Ed.D, chair of the health sciences department.

Larson noted the many meaningful opportunities available to graduates, including graduate school and health care employment.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News