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Promote, Protect, and Improve the Public Health of Rural America.

The online Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program at the University of South Dakota develops public health practitioners and leaders to address public health needs of rural communities. In partnership with South Dakota State University, the program adopts an interprofessional approach the five core areas of public health:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Services Administration
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Environmental Health

The M.P.H. is the most widely recognized professional credential for practice and leadership in public health. The USD M.P.H. is the only program of its kind in the state and is offered online.

The Master of Public Health prepares graduates to:

  • Help hospitals thrive in the era of healthcare reform by managing their populations to ensure they maximize health and revenue while controlling costs
  • Improve the health of South Dakotans, including rural and underserved populations, through health promotion, health analysis and disease prevention programs with public health departments
  • Epidemiological analysis and quality assurance to enhance employee wellness through disease prevention, policies and programs

Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Public Health in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements.

Please note: All courses in the M.P.H. have a delivery fee.  Please visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Application Deadlines for Fall

  • Priority deadline: March 1
  • Final deadline: May 1

For more information about the online Master of Public Health, contact USD Graduate Admissions at 605-658-6200 or by email at

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The M.P.H. program at USD is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health.

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