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Public Health Program Director

University of North Dakota SMHS - Graduate Medical Education
Grand Forks, North Dakota
150,000+ commensurate with qualifications
Posted Date
Aug 3, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Compensation and Appointment


Position: Associate/Full Professor dependent upon qualifications and experience

Remuneration/Salary: $150,000+ commensurate with qualifications.


Benefits: Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, and tuition waiver.  Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans. 




This position is a 12-month, full-time, appointment with University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS), Department of Population Health. 


This position has the possibility of coming in tenured if applicant meets all the required criteria for tenure. 




Job Summary and Responsibilities


The Mission of the University of North Dakota Public Health Program is to promote health and well-being and develop a culturally aware public health workforce through innovative and collaborative approaches to education, scholarship, and service within local communities, our region, and the world. The program vision is to improve population health in North Dakota, the Northern Plains, and beyond.


The Public Health Program is housed within the Department of Population Health at UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and offers the Master of Public Health degree with three specializations, dual degree options, and a Certificate in Public Health. The program prepares students to respond to the growing demand for public health professionals who can transform data into policies and programs to improve population health. MPH is a 42/43-credit graduate degree with a 21-credit core curriculum, 15-credit specialization curriculum and six credits for an Applied Practice Experience (practicum) and culminating experience (scholarly project). UND offers three MPH specializations: Health Management & Policy; Indigenous Health; and Population Health Research & Analytics.


The number of students who enroll increases yearly, and the scope of the program's activities is expanding. The UND SMHS Department of Population Health and the Public Health Program is seeking to recruit a Director to direct the program and teach several courses in the MPH curricula. The appointed candidate will also serve as an academic advisor to multiple MPH students.


MPH courses are offered in both synchronous/distance and online/asynchronous formats. Courses to be taught may include:


  1. Public Health & Health Care Systems (Lead Instructor)
  2. Public Health Seminar (Lead Instructor)
  3. Student Advising and other courses as appropriate 


This position will work in close collaboration with the public health program manager, faculty, and other staff to advance the MPH Program. The initial percent of efforts would be:


  • 30% administration 40% research 20% teaching/advising 10% service



Essential Functions


Administration (30%):


  • Mentor MPH students and serve as an academic advisor. Responsible for content of MPH program, including faculty recruitment and retention.

Research (40%):


  • Collaborate with public health faculty on developing externally funded projects based on professional public health expertise.
  • Work with graduate students and create research assistantship opportunities. 



Teaching and advising (20%):


UND MPH Courses are taught in both synchronous/distance and asynchronous/online formats. Blackboard is the teaching platform. Synchronous courses use Zoom, and asynchronous courses use Yuja and VoiceThread technologies. Each 3-credit class counts as 10% FTE and teaching a 3-credit course in both synchronous and asynchronous formats counts as 20% FTE. This position will serve as the Primary Instructor for MPH Core course:




  • PH 510: Public Health & Health Care Systems
    This course introduces students to health care delivery systems, which provide diagnosis and treatment of health problems in societies. Topics include the organization, financing, and performance of health care delivery systems. Differences between rural and urban health systems, as well as international differences, are studied. Ethical issues related to the delivery of health care are discussed. 2 credit course—synchronous and asynchronous PH 590: Public Health Seminar

The MPH Seminar in Leadership and Advocacy is one component of the MPH Culminating Experience. The course is intended to build skills that will help students effectively put their public health knowledge into practice in organizations and communities. Through development of leadership and advocacy skills, students also synthesize and apply knowledge acquired through previous coursework and other public health learning experiences. 1 credit course—synchronous and asynchronous


  • Student Advising and other courses as appropriate





Service (10%):


  • Service includes contribution to the institution/school/department (e.g. committees), to the profession (e.g. professional organizations), and to the community (e.g. boards, etc.).
  • Service expectations are commensurate with percent FTE and consistent with promotion guidelines.



It is expected that this position will generate 30% of salary from external sources for research and creative activity by the end of the first year.



Minimum Requirements: 


  • Terminal degree in a public health, medicine, health systems, health administration, or related field.
  • Demonstrated prior leadership experience gained within an academic environment, preferably in a CEPH accredited public health program. Proven distinguished record of teaching at the graduate level. One-year experience and proficiency in using distance technologies for communications (webinars, online modules, or televideo, etc.).  Demonstrated track record of research grant acquisition and management. Successful completion of a criminal history record check.




In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire


Preferred Requirements:


  • MPH degree in addition to terminal degree. Expertise in a UND MPH specialization, including Indigenous Health, Population Health Research & Analytics and/or Health Management & Policy. Publications in peer-reviewed journals. Broad understanding of opportunities and challenges in public health within the rural healthcare environment. Ability to recruit and retain outstanding faculty. Understanding of the current and emerging issues in public health in education, research and service and how they potentially will impact the mission and goals of SMHS and UND.



To Apply:

Must apply online and application must include the following materials:


  1. Letter of interest
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Contact information for three references


Review of applications will begin January, 2022. Position is opened until filled






The University of North Dakota (UND) is a public research University established as a Land Grant University in 1883. Founded with a strong liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university, classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. UND was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region. Currently, the University boasts 200+ fields of study with nearly 15,000 students.


UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 50,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. Grand Forks boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, and annual events throughout the year. Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.


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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.


Confidentiality of Application Materials
Note: Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement
UND is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.  Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status, and disability status during the application process.  This information will remain confidential and separate from your application. 

Veteran’s Preference
Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.
Clery Statement
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.  The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus.  As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report.  The report and statistical data can be found online at  You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND 58202.


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