The MPH program at the University of North Dakota is located in the School of Medicine & Health Sciences, which offers eight healthcare degree programs. It is the only medical school in the state and has been since 1905. UND, founded in 1883 in Grand Forks, is the state’s oldest and largest university. This environment is rich in resources that support excellence in public health research, service, and education.
Our educational priority is preparing students to respond to the growing demand for public health professionals who can transform data into information for decision-making. The size of health data is growing exponentially, and the skills to ‘mine’ big data are exceptionally valued by public and private health agencies, as well as healthcare provider and payer organizations. Therefore, both MPH specializations – Population Health Analytics and Health Management & Policy – emphasize analytics. The program’s Center for Comparative Effectiveness provides a laboratory for training in analytics.
Special features include an emphasis on faculty-student research collaboration; application of system dynamics to public health; inter-professional education; and opportunities for experiential learning with UND’s nationally recognized wellness initiative and Grand Fork’s many public and private organizations working collaboratively to improve health in the community. Residents of states in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Region receive in-state tuition.