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Location: Grand Forks, ND
Employer: University of North Dakota
Position: Director MPH Program


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Posted: 4/9/2018
EpiMonitor ID: 2018-2547

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The University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences is accepting applications and nominations
for the position of Director of the Master of Public Health Program.

THE UNIVERSITY:  With nearly 15,000 students and more than 225 areas of study, the University of North Dakota (UND) is the state’s oldest and largest University.  Located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, UND helps create a vibrant college town of nearly 60,000 people on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota.  Founded in 1883, six years before North Dakota statehood, UND has a rich history. The University of North Dakota has a reputation for research and scholarship in health sciences, entrepreneurship, energy and the environment, and is the state’s flagship research university.  UND is also one of the top 100 doctoral research universities in the United States and is one of only 47 public universities in the nation with both accredited graduate schools of law and medicine. 

THE SCHOOL:  The University of North Dakota School of Medicine was founded in 1905 as a two-year school of basic science located in UND's Science Hall.  In 1996, the School's name changed to the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) to reflect the diversity of educational and research activities that occur at the School, which had grown to include not only physicians-in-training, but professional programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical laboratory science, physician assistant studies, athletic training/sports medicine, public health, and master and doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences and clinical-translational science.  The state-of-the-art School of Medicine and Health Sciences building, which opened in July 2016, was designed to foster collaborative learning and interprofessional education. It features a live animal vivarium, gross anatomy laboratory, eight learning communities (where students from all disciplines intermingle to foster interdisciplinary learning within the health system), and the state's largest Simulation Center.

THE PROGRAM:  The MPH Program prepares students to respond to the growing demand for public health professionals who can understand the underlying causes of illness and obtain and transform data into information for decision-making. The size of health data is growing exponentially, and the skills to understand causation as it relates to relevant health care 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 not only analytics but also real-world solutions.


·        The University of North Dakota seeks a visionary leader and builder able to communicate the strategic direction of the Master of Public Health program and boldly advance it into the future. 

·        The successful candidate will come ready to implement ideas that will directly impact the citizens of North Dakota and the region.

·        The Director of the Master of Public Health Program is the senior academic and operations administrator of the program and reports directly to the Chairperson of the Department of Population Health, where his/her faculty appointment also resides.  

·        The Director will provide strategic vision and operational leadership for the program, creating an environment and community that supports the program’s faculty, research agenda, and students. 

·        He or she has responsibility for the leadership and direction of the core curriculum and specialization tracks taught by UND faculty. 

·        The Director will establish, maintain and foster important relationships within SMHS and with other academic units within UND, as well as with external schools, colleges, institutes and centers, including the SMHS clinical campuses.



  • A Master’s Degree in Public Health, or in a related discipline. Additionally, a PhD/MD/DO, or equivalent is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in public health.
  • Scholarly activity and educational achievement commensurate for appointment to the rank of Associate Professor or Professor at the SMHS.
  • Prior leadership experience gained within an academic environment, preferably in a CEPH accredited public health program.
  • A distinguished record of teaching at the graduate level.

NOMINATIONS and APPLICATIONS:  EFL Associates (, an executive search firm, is assisting UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences with its search for this important position. All calls and inquiries should be made through the search firm. Nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence and candidates will remain confidential until the final stage of the search, at which time the finalist names can be released to the public.  In addition, no contact to references will be made without prior approval of the candidate

For more information about the Director, MPH Program role, please review the Position Profile.  If the direct link doesn’t work in this advertisement, please go to our website at and click on Open Positions and Higher Education. 


Applications should include:

  • A letter of introduction outlining the applicant’s background, and qualifications for the position. (This letter should specifically address the leadership attributes and professional competencies for this position.)
  • Curriculum vitae/résumé.
  • Contact information (e-mail addresses are required) for five professional references, at least one of which is a person who has reported directly to you, a second who is a colleague, and a third who is an individual to whom the applicant has reported directly.


Please note:


Confidential inquiries, questions and nominations may be directed to:

Steve Waldron, J.D.
Managing Director
Higher Education Practice, EFL Associates
Direct Line: 816-945-5423


Ms. Angela Lilje
Project Manager
Higher Education Practice, EFL Associates
Direct Line:  816-945-5410


The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity 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 are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status on the form found at  This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

This position is subject to a criminal history record check.

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.

North Dakota 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 (less than one-year-old) from the Veterans’ Administration.   Please upload the DD-214 and other veterans’ preference qualifying documentation through the form found at 




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