There are several accredited healthcare degree programs in North Dakota. Students looking to enter one of them need to know about them to identify the best fit for their own educational needs and personal and professional goals. The list below offers information on the programs, along with contact information to help students choose the university and program that best fits their needs.
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North Dakota State University
The Graduate School at North Dakota State University has continued the University’s tradition of awarding post-baccalaureate degrees since 1954. It currently offers 50 doctoral degrees, 86 masters degrees, an education specialist degree and 12 certificate programs, many of which are available both on campus and online. The offerings allow degree-holders and degree-seekers across all fields of human endeavor to expand their bases of knowledge and to gain the skills necessary to continue to make positive impacts upon the world. Funding opportunities are available for students in most if not all programs, including but not limited to teaching and research assistantships and fellowships.
Master of Public Health (MPH)
The Graduate School offers a Master of Public Health degree in several specializations: American Indian Public Health, Community Health Sciences, Health Promotion, and Management of Infectious Disease. Several others are available in conjunction with the University of North Dakota. Regardless of specialization, the degree requires 42 credits of coursework, including a common core of classes consisting of courses in Biostatistics, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Health Services Administration, Epidemiology, and Environmental Health, as well as a thesis and a practicum or internship. The common core classes are available both on campus and online. Classes for the specializations vary, but each set is designed to focus on particular applications of the theories and principles learned in the common core. Of note is the specialization in American Indian Public Health, which includes coursework in cultural practices as well as in public health concerns, equipping graduates to work effectively to assist a too-often disadvantaged population.
- The North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (NCA HLC)
NDSU Dept. 2660
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Phone: (701) 231-6549
University of Mary
Gary Tharaldson School of Business
The University hosts the Gary Tharaldson School of Business, which offers programs at the undergraduate and master’s levels which focus on administration and management. They seek to incorporate the values espoused by the Benedictine underpinnings of the University as a whole.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Healthcare
The School offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Healthcare that equips students to navigate the quickly changing international business environment as it pertains to the healthcare fields. The degree is available online, on-site, and blended; completion is expected to take as little as 18 months. Classes are taught as seminars and sizes are sharply limited; progress through the program is by cohort. Specific outcomes desired include graduates being able to streamline organizations for maximum efficiency, apply Benedictine ethical imperatives to business and financial decisions, guide policy and statute to the best healthcare effects, oversee the financial impacts of that guidance, and address how healthcare decisions affect organizations. This is accomplished through courses in economic analysis, finance, accounting, organizational behavior, marketing, business and healthcare law, decision making, human resource management and current policy issues. Additional prerequisite coursework may be required of some students who need remediation or academic refreshment.
7500 University Drive
Bismarck ND 58504
Phone: (701) 355-8093
School of Health Sciences
The University also hosts a School of Health Sciences that offers programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels in such fields as nursing, physical and other therapies, laboratory sciences and medical administration. Students are trained within the Benedictine context of the University as a whole to be proficient and empathetic healthcare professionals.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Healthcare Administration Dual Degree
The School offers a dual Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration in Healthcare degree meant to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to be effective nurses and effective leaders of nurses within organizations. Desired outcomes include grounding students in ethical practices, promoting interdisciplinary understandings, conducting solid research to determine best practices and negotiating intercultural dynamics. The degree requires 51 semester credits of coursework and500 clinical hours. Coursework includes a graduate orientation, nursing core classes and specialization classes. The core classes cover such areas as population dynamics, research practices, nursing leadership, professional development, and law and policy. Specialization courses cover such areas as organizational behavior; human resources management; economics, finance, and budgets; economic analysis; accounting; marketing; administrative issues; and applicable laws. Required also are a seminar or service project, a capstone, and a nursing assessment. Additional prerequisite coursework may be required of some students who need remediation or academic refreshment.
- The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA HLC)
- The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
- The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
7500 University Drive
Bismarck ND 58504
Phone: (701) 355-8266
Other healthcare degree programs can be found, certainly-colleges and universities in most states have them-but any of the above choices would be a great step toward a career in healthcare administration. Feel free to contact any of these accredited healthcare degree programs in North Dakota today.
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