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Director, Public Health Program at University of North Dakota, employment with University of North Dakota SMHS

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Remuneration and appointment
Position: associate/full professor depending on qualifications and experience
Compensation/Salary: $150,000+ depending on qualifications.
Benefits: Includes individual or family healthcare coverage (premiums paid by university), basic life insurance, EAP, pension plan, and tuition waiver. Optional benefits available: supplemental life insurance, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental pension plans.
This position is a 12-month, full-time, tenure-track or tenure-track position at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), Department of Health Population.
This is a tenure-track position with the possibility of tenure if the candidate meets all the criteria required for tenure.
Job Summary and Responsibilities
The mission of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the University of North Dakota is to promote health and well-being and develop a culturally sensitive public health workforce through approaches innovative and collaborative approaches to education, scholarship, and service within local communities, our region, and the world. MPH’s vision is to improve the health of people in North Dakota, the Northern Plains and beyond.
MPH is housed within the Department of Population Health at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and offers the Master of Public Health with three majors, dual degree options, and a certificate in public health. The program prepares students to meet 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, a 15 credit honors curriculum, and six credits for applied practice experience (internship) and culminating experience (college project). UND offers three MPH specializations: Health Management and Policy; Aboriginal health; and Population Health Research and Analysis.
The number of students enrolling in MPH is increasing every year and the scope of program activities is expanding. The UND SMHS Department of Population Health and MPH are seeking to recruit a Director to lead the program and teach several courses in both MPH programs. The nominated candidate will also serve as an academic advisor to several MPH students.
MPH courses are offered in both synchronous/distance and online/asynchronous formats. Courses to be taught may include:
a. Public Health and Healthcare Systems (Lead Instructor)
b. Public Health Seminar (Lead Instructor)
vs. Counseling to students and other courses, if applicable
This position will work closely with the Public Health Program Manager, faculty, and other staff to advance the MPH program. The initial effort percentage would be:
• 30% management
• 40% research
• 20% teaching/advisory
• 10% benefits
Essential functions
Administrative (30%):
• Supervise MPH students and serve as academic advisor.
• Responsible for MPH program content, including faculty recruitment and retention.
Research (40%):
• Collaborate with public health professors in the development of externally funded projects based on professional public health expertise.
• Work with graduate students and create research assistantship opportunities.
• Comply with promotion and tenure guidelines for research and scholarly activity as a teaching professor in the Department of Population Health.
Teaching and consulting (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 lead instructor for the MPH Core course:
• PH 510: Public Health and Health Care Systems This course introduces students to health care delivery systems, which provide the 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 explored. Ethical issues related to the provision of health care are discussed. 2-credit course—synchronous and asynchronous
• PH 590: Public health seminar
The MPH Leadership and Advocacy Seminar is a component of the MPH Culminating Experience. The course aims to develop skills that will help students effectively put their public health knowledge into practice in organizations and communities. Through the development of leadership and advocacy skills, students also synthesize and apply knowledge gained from prior coursework and other public health learning experiences. 1 credited course – synchronous and asynchronous
• Advice to students and other courses, if necessary
Benefit (10%):
• Service includes contribution to the institution/school/department (e.g. committees), the profession (e.g. professional organizations) and the community (e.g. councils, etc.) .
• Service expectations are commensurate with FTE percentage and consistent with promotion guidelines.
This position is expected to generate 30% of salary from external sources for research and creative activity by the end of the first year.
Minimum requirements:
• Terminal degree in public health, medicine, health systems, health administration or related field.
• Demonstrated previous leadership experience gained in an academic environment, preferably in a CEPH-accredited public health program.
• Proven distinguished record of teaching at the graduate level.
• One year of experience and proficiency in the use of remote technologies for communications (webinars, online or televideo modules, etc.).
• Demonstrated track record of acquiring and managing research grants.
• Successful completion of a criminal record check.
In accordance with federal law, all hires will be required to verify their identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
Preferred requirements:
• MPH diploma in addition to the terminal diploma.
• Expertise in a UND MPH specialization, including Indigenous health, population health research and analysis, and/or health management and policy.
• Publications in peer-reviewed journals.
• Extensive understanding of public health opportunities and challenges in the rural health care setting.
• Ability to recruit and retain exceptional faculty.
• Understanding of current and emerging public health issues in education, research and service and their potential impact on the mission and goals of SMHS and UND.
To apply:
Must apply online and the application must include the following documents:
1. Letter of Interest
2. Current Curriculum Vitae
3. Contact details of three references
Review of applications will begin in January 2022. Position is open 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 leading scientific research university , classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. . UND was recently ranked among the Top 100 Public Universities and the 25 Most Innovative Universities in the Nation by US News and World Report and is widely considered one of the top universities in the America’s Northern Plains region. Currently, the University has more than 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 has high quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, reputable public and private schools, and annual events throughout the year. Ranked among the top 5 small college towns and the best hockey town in America, Grand Forks offers a stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.
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