Jul 20, 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

Location Matters for Non-Licensure Track Programs

This program is not designed or advertised to lead to a professional license or certification required for employment.

USD is permitted to operate under the terms of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) policies and standards in offering online courses/degree programs to residents in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  Online courses/programs may also be offered to residents of California (a non-SARA state) because it does not regulate out-of-state public institutions.

Additionally, this program is authorized to offer supervised field study experiences (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) in South Dakota. Please be aware that there may be some restrictions on your ability to engage in supervised field study outside of South Dakota. Please contact a program representative if you have questions regarding supervised field study.

Distance education courses or programs will not be offered outside of the United States without prior written approval from the University, which may be withheld for any reason. If you are taking distance courses while physically located outside of the United States, it is your responsibility to confirm the following: (a) if the country will recognize an online degree; (b) the availability of supervised field study opportunities in the country; and (c) if the country charges any additional taxes, withholdings or fees associated with online distance education programs.

For more information, please visit USD’s State Authorization page or contact your admissions counselor.


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

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