Graduate Degree - Master of Public Health in Public Health

Master of Public Health in Public Health
Program Code:
2837 Public Health
Program Level:
Award Type:
Master of Public Health
Start Term:
College of Human Medicine
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College of Human Medicine

Master of Public Health in Public Health

The Master of Public Health Degree in Public Health engages students in course work and practical training to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform as a public health professional.  Public health is a discipline that is distinct from clinical medicine.  Public health focuses on the health status of communities and populations and emphasizes disease prevention and health promotion over treatment.   Three major functions of public health include assessment, policy development and assurance. Core disciplines contributing to public health include biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy and management, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health sciences.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the University and of the College of Human Medicine, students must meet the requirements specified below.


To be considered for admission to the Master of Public Health in Public Health, an applicant must:

  1. have earned a bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited educational institution;
  2. submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores;
  3. present evidence of competency in English, assessed with Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) scores, if English is not the first language;
  4. submit three letters of recommendation;
  5. submit an essay describing interest in public health, including professional career goals, and past experience with and understanding of the public health profession;
  6. submit official transcripts;
  7. submit a resume or curriculum vitae.

The Admission Committee integrates the academic information, letters of recommendation, and information regarding the public health profession to make the final admissions decision based on the following considerations:

  1. Academic:  including attributes such as grades, trend in grades, degrees earned, rigors of the degree programs, graduate study placement scores, research experience, and cognitive skills;
  2. Personal Motivation:  including attributes such as public health experience and insights about public health competencies, health care reform, and other ethical, social, legal, political, and economic aspects of health;
  3. Social Awareness:  including attributes such as community service, experience with persons or groups unlike themselves, leadership, and mentoring experiences, as well as effective communication skills and sensitivity to community concerns.

Students may be invited to participate in on-site or telephone interviews as part of the admission process.

Requirements for the Master of Public Health in Public Health

The Master of Public Health in Public Health is available under Plan B (non-thesis). Students must complete 43 credits as specified below.

1. Complete all of the following courses (25 credits):
HM 801 Introduction to Public Health 3
HM 802 Biostatistics for Public Health 3
HM 803 Epidemiology for Public Health 3
HM 804 Public Health Policy and Administration 3
HM 805 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health 3
HM 806 Environmental Factors of Health 3
HM 827 Principles of Public Health Leadership 1
HM 828 Community Engagement in Public Health Practice 3
HM 854 Health Equity Framework for Public Health Practice 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
HM 807 Practical Application and Critical Thinking in Public Health 3
HM 853 Public Health Program/Intervention Evaluation 3
HM 880 Study Design and Research Methods for Public Health Practice 3
3. All of the following courses (6 credits):
HM 892 Public Health Applied Practice Experience 3
HM 893 Public Health Integrative Learning Experience 3
4. Complete 9 credits of elective course work from a list of approved courses available through the student’s academic advisor.
5. Successfully complete a capstone professional paper.