Why earn a master's degree in public health?

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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 thinking.

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 campus).
  • The Health Management & 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.

You can also earn a bachelor's in Public Health Education and Master's in Public Health in five years, 100% online through our Public Health (Accelerated B.S./M.P.H.).

Graduate Degree in Public Health at UND

Public Health Careers


Graduate employment rate in health-related careers



Average median salary for epidemiologists, 2019

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

A master's degree in public health opens the door for a variety of different jobs. Popular employment areas in public health include:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health policy analysis
  • Medical science
  • Public health administration
  • Public health education
  • Public health statistics

M.P.H. Alumni

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
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Sanford Research

Public Health Courses

Public health classroom

Top Public Health Graduate Program in the Nation

UND is increasingly regarded as one of the top academic and research institutions in the nation for public health. Our M.P.H. program consistently ranks among the best for educational quality, affordability and career outcomes.

Best Online Master's Program - Public Health
Most Affordable Online Master's Degree - Public Health
College Rank - Public Health

Leaders in Action

Alison Traynor received her online master’s degree in public health and is currently the North Dakota Suicide Prevention Director.

Read Alison's Story