Jun 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Public Health (M.P.H.)

Admissions Information   

Student Learning Outcomes  

This program is a cooperative program and courses are taught by both USD and SDSU.

Program Overview

This online master’s program develops public health practitioners and leaders to address public health needs of rural communities. Offered 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, and environmental health. The MPH degree is the most widely recognized professional credential for practice and leadership in public health. Learn more at usd.edu/onlinemph.


Master of Public Health - 42 credit hours

Supporting Area Coursework offered by SDSU

Up to 12 graduate credit hours from other institutionally accredited institutions may be transferred toward a master’s degree program at USD. The MPH major area coursework already includes 12 credit hours from another institution.

  • NURS 670 Health Policy, Legislation, Economics, and Ethics 3
  • NURS 675 Cultural Competence in Health Care 3
  • NURS 760 Health Promotion and Diseases Prevention Across the Lifespan 3
  • NUTR 660 Maternal and Child Nutrition 3
  • NUTR 715 Public Health Nutrition 3
  • NUTR 724 Nutrition Education in the Community 3
  • NUTR 727 Obesity Across the Lifespan 3
  • NUTR 760 Vitamins & Minerals in Human Nutrition 3
  • NUTR 761 Nutrition and Aging 3
  • NUTR 715 Public Health Nutrition 3
  • PUBH 540 Health Geography 3
  • PUBH 751 Public Mental Health 3
  • PUBH 753 Maternal and Child Health 3
  • PUBH 754 Mixed Methods in Public Health Research 3
  • PUBH 761 Social Epidemiology 3
  • PUBH 762 Cultural Perspectives in Public Health 3
  • PUBH 764 Applied Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health 3
  • PUBH 767 Public Health Toxicology 3
  • STAT 515 R Programming 3
  • Other Graduate-level Electives with Advisor Approval 3

General Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Statement of purpose
  6. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. This list is not all-inclusive, to view specific program requirements and submission deadlines, follow the “Admissions Information” hyperlink at the top of this page OR visit the specific program/dept. page found here: link.usd.edu/grad-catalog

Courses or Programs Leading to Professional Licensure or Certification

The educational curriculum for your academic program may or may not meet educational prerequisites for professional licensure or certification in states other than South Dakota. If you are planning to apply for licensure/certification in a state other than South Dakota after completion of your program, please review that state and your program on USD’s Licensure-Track Programs webpage. Licensure-Track Programs

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization


Public Health
605-658-6500 | health@usd.edu | usd.edu/MPH

Graduate Admissions 
605-658-6140 | gradadmissions@usd.edu  | usd.edu/grad