UND M.P.H. graduates have a 100% employment rate in health-related careers.
With specializations in Health Management & Policy, Indigenous Health and Population
Health Research & Analytics, we prepare culturally-aware public health professionals
with the motivation, skills, and knowledge to improve population health in the diverse
communities of the Northern Plains and beyond.
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Why earn a master's degree in public health?
The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program at UND emphasizes, and is enriched by,
the diversity and change within the Northern Plains. It covers all required areas
for accredited public health programs, including evidence-based approaches to public
health, public health and health care systems, planning and management to promote
health, policy, leadership, communication, interprofessional practice and systems
Three M.P.H. Specializations
Three specializations help you develop the necessary critical thinking, problem solving
and communication skills to excel in this field.
The Indigenous Health specialization offered online, on-campus, and in a hybrid format
provides you with a critical understanding of determinants and solutions to health
disparities. UND's specialization is the only 100% online Indigenous Health program
in the U.S.
The Population Health Research & Analytics specialization prepares you to produce convincing and scientifically sound information about population
health, evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and provide the basis for improving
health policies and programs. This specialization is offered in a hybrid format (online/on
The HealthManagement & Policy specialization gives you the skills needed to manage health delivery systems effectively and efficiently,
analyze health policies and communicate to affect change in health policy and management.
This specialization is offered 100% online, on-campus, and in a hybrid format.
UND's Master of Public Health Program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Those who complete CEPH-accredited programs are eligible for the Certified in Public
Health credential after receiving their degree.
A master's degree in public health opens the door for a variety of different jobs.
Popular employment areas in public health include:
Health policy analysis
Public health administration
Public health education
Public health statistics
UND Public Health alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
Altru Health System
North Dakota Department of Health
American Indian Cancer Foundation
Health Partners Institute
Public Health Courses
PH 531. Biostatistics 1. 3 Credits.
This MPH Core course introduces the selection, use, and interpretation of basic statistical tests and concepts that may be used in addressing, analyzing, and solving problems in public health and health care research. Prerequisite: Enrollment in MPH degree program or certificate. On demand.
PH 545. Public Health Leadership & Interprofessional Practice. 3 Credits.
This is a three credit hour course designed to introduce students to major theories and concepts of leadership, ways of applying these to public health issues requiring leadership, and provides an opportunity for students to develop skills and resources for further developing leadership skills. The course focuses on preparing healthcare professionals with the foundational skills needed to work in teams to effectively collaborate and coordinate services in population health management. Key themes focused on interprofessional communication, collaboration, leadership, and professionalism will be ingrained throughout content. Prerequisite: Admission into MPH Program or prior approval from instructor. On demand.
PH 550. Population Health Research Methods. 3 Credits.
This course provides an overview of the research process including conducting a literature review, formulation and motivation of a research problem, measurement and management of variables, selection of a sample, description and graphing of variables, analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data, use of statistical software, and writing a research report. Topics include how to identify a research question; reasons and procedures for reviewing the literature; descriptive statistics; graphing data; inferential statistics; qualitative study design and data analysis; different types of data; commonly used measures in public health-related research; and data mining techniques. Prerequisites: PH 531, PH 551, and PH 506. On demand.
PH 551. Epidemiology. 3 Credits.
This course introduces the basic epidemiologic concepts used to study health and disease in populations including measurement, study design, and related statistical tests. Observational and experimental epidemiologic studies are described and their advantages and disadvantages compared. The course provides an overview of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in populations. Ethical issues related to epidemiology are discussed. Prerequisite: Enrollment in MPH degree program or certificate. On demand.
PH 572. Health Care Budgeting and Finance. 3 Credits.
Components of this course include the evolution of healthcare finance and management including: reimbursement, revenue and expense classifications, financial reporting, budgeting, financial analysis, financing of public health agencies, and the current and anticipated financial impact of healthcare reform on the healthcare industry and health services organizations. This course focuses on learning and applying financial and managerial accounting principles and techniques to health services organizations. The subject matter is designed to provide a working knowledge of accounting, finance, and budget terminology. Components of the class include the evolution of healthcare finance and reimbursement, revenue and expense classifications, financial reporting, budgeting, financial analysis, financing of public health agencies, and the current and anticipated financial impact of healthcare reform on the healthcare industry and health services organizations. Prerequisite: MPH major or instructor consent. On demand.
PH 583. American Indian Health Policy. 3 Credits.
The American Indian (AI) population is unique in the United States in that AIs are born with a legal right to health services. This is based on treaties and numerous other laws, executive orders, court decisions and other legal bases in which the tribes exchanged land and other natural resources for various social services, including housing, education, and healthcare. The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the federal agency responsible for carrying out the federal government's trust responsibility to provide public health and healthcare services to AIs. Prerequisite: Admission into MPH Program or prior approval from instructor. On demand.
Leaders in Action
Alison Traynor received her online master’s degree in public health and is currently
the North Dakota Suicide Prevention Director.