The mission of NDSU MPH program is to promote health and well-being through education, practice, and research with an emphasis on American Indian and other diverse and underserved populations.
Public health focuses on improving the general health of communities through efforts to monitor the spread of diseases, initiatives (both clinical and policy-oriented) to prevent disease and disability, and by promoting healthy lifestyles through education and community engagement.
Of particular importance to public health in our state in determining how to meet the challenges of change and diversity within rural areas. Rural health solutions are essential to the well-being of North Dakota and to other areas of the nation and the world. North Dakota is an ideal location for rural public health research in addition to the application of practical solutions to health improvement for rural communities.
Public health is an interdisciplinary field; it is common for many people to gain competencies and/or training in a related field (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, business, engineering, etc.) and subsequently move into public health as a matter of vocation or occupation.
The MPH degree is uniquely designed to accommodate the needs to these individuals. It blends theory and practical knowledge across a wide array of disciplines, and is the "degree of choice" among practitioners in the field.
There are four specializations to choose from within the MPH degree at NDSU. The specializations of Community Health Sciences and Epidemiology with Management of Infectious Diseases option are the most aligned with the Pharmacy curriculum but students are welcome to use any specialization in their dual degree pursuit.
The MPH degree consists of 42 credits and can be completed in two years as a full time graduate student. PharmD students are able to complete a PharmD/MPH dual degree in as little as one extra year of study. PharmD students who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply for the PharmD/MPH program through the graduate school during their P2 year.
For more in-depth information on this program students can reference the Pharmacy Handbook (currently being updated) or visit the Public Health website.
Dr. Stefanie Meyer
Director of Accreditation and Assistant Professor of Practice