NDSU awards first master’s degrees in public health

NDSU has awarded the first master’s degrees from a first-of-its-kind cooperative program between NDSU and the University of North Dakota.

In December, Erin Loeb of Raleigh, N.D., earned a Master of Public Health degree with a specialization in the management of infectious diseases. She recently joined Custer Health in Mandan, N.D., as a public health coordinator. The organization is a multi-district health unit providing services to people in Mercer, Oliver, Grant, Morton and Sioux Counties.

Jordyn Wallenborn of Camas, Wash., also earned a Master of Public Health degree with a specialization in the management of infectious diseases and is planning to pursue a doctoral degree in fall 2014.

Five additional NDSU students are scheduled to graduate in May with specialties in the management of infectious diseases. UND also is expected to grant master’s degrees to graduate students in May.

The Master of Public Health program is a cooperative program between NDSU and UND that offers diverse tracks in public health that build upon the strengths of both campuses to meet the practical needs of the public and health care practitioners who serve it. The program focuses on rural health, health promotion and prevention, disease state management, and related activities of interest to North Dakota public health care practitioners and policy makers.

Students in the NDSU program can choose from one of the four areas of specialization including:

  • Management of Infectious Diseases
  • American Indian Public Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Community Health Sciences

The N.D. Master of Public Health program was approved in 2010, with its first classes starting fall 2012. The program was created to train professionals to better address North Dakota’s unique health care challenges, due to being a largely rural state, and those of the Northern Great Plains.

For more information about the NDSU Master of Public Health program, visit www.ndsu.edu/publichealth.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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