Address real-world public health challenges as you earn your Master of Public Health from a top-ranked program.
The online Master of Public Health in Population and Health Sciences degree from the University of Michigan provides internationally relevant, multidisciplinary education for those who want to create a healthier world through research, education, and practice. To prepare for career success, MPH students build expertise in core public health concepts and customize their learning with advanced skill development in areas like precision nutrition, health communications, data analysis, environmental epidemiology and more.
The comprehensive MPH curriculum will equip learners to tackle complex health challenges such as chronic and infectious diseases, obesity and food insecurity, health care quality and costs, climate change and environmental health determinants, and the health impact of socioeconomic inequalities. Each student will also gain real-world experience through applied practice experiences with professionals working in public health.
The MPH in Population and Health Sciences program prepares students to become public health leaders. Students develop skills in data collection and analysis, intervention strategy, and communication methods, preparing them to succeed in a wide variety of roles and organizations. Graduates of Michigan Public Health are found in key positions as leaders at non-profit organizations, hospitals, insurance companies, universities, consulting and research firms, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and local and national government organizations.
What makes this degree unique?
- World-Renowned: The University of Michigan School of Public Health is one of the oldest and most respected U.S. schools of public health. The University of Michigan is ranked #1 Public Research University in the U.S. by the National Science Foundation.
- Customizable: While other top MPH programs require students to specialize in a single area, the Michigan MPH emphasizes students’ mastery of core concepts and provides them the flexibility to gain expertise in one of several sub-fields.
- Transformative: The School of Public Health has a 94 percent graduate career placement rate, and its alumni network is more than 16,000 strong. The University of Michigan’s overall alumni network comprises over more than 500,000 graduates, which ranks as one of the largest in the world.
- Fully Online: The Michigan MPH offers true flexibility, in contrast with other top online MPH programs that require residential study. Online students are welcome to visit and study on campus, but this is never required by the program.
- Faculty Access: Students collaborate with peers regularly, and have regular access to faculty through live office hours and email.
- Support for Success: Michigan MPH students are full members of the Michigan community, with access to a wide range of student services, including career counseling and free Michigan Online course certificate programs across learning disciplines.
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Who is this degree for:
Whether you want to do extensive academic research, work in the field in remote parts of the world, or lead health policy at the WHO, or the CDC, this degree is designed to shape the public health leaders of the future. Strong applicants don’t come from one set background, but individuals with professional experience in a health-related field or industry with strong verbal and analytical skills are encouraged.
In 2019, the University of Michigan's Master of Public Health in Population and Health Sciences will only be offered to admitted United States citizens and residents. A network of vetted partners is essential for this degree and the university is building its network globally with the intention of opening this degree to non-U.S. students in the near future. In the meantime, sign up to learn more so that you're the first to know when this online degree becomes available in your country.
Online MPH tuition rates are anticipated to be $960/credit hour for Michigan residents, and $1060/credit hour for non-Michigan residents. These anticipated rates are subject to approval by the Regents of the University of Michigan in June 2019.
At a Glance
- 20-22 months
- 42 credits
- Completely online with a capstone project
The Population and Health Sciences curriculum includes a foundational set of core courses developed around competency domains of evidence-based approaches to public health, public health and health care systems, planning and management to promote health, policy in public health, leadership, communication, interprofessional practice, and systems thinking. Elective areas that build on the core curriculum permit students to gain depth of skills in biostatistics, epidemiology, health management and policy, health behavior and health education, nutritional sciences, and environmental health sciences. The elective component of the curriculum can be customized to address the topical content that best prepares the learner for their individual public health career goals. Required applied practice and capstone courses will ensure learners engage in practice experiences and synthesize their competency attainment through a final product.
The online MPH student is expected to complete 42 credit hours in their two years in the program. All classes will have weekly synchronous, as well as asynchronous, components in order to provide a high-quality learner experience and to ensure that students are mastering the course content.
- 42 credits
- 20-22 months
Some of the projects you’ll do...
Analyze data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Study (MEPS) of U.S. households
Develop public health communications for local departments of health and community agencies
Compare and evaluate community health needs assessments and implementation plans
Play a professional role in a real time simulation of the opioid epidemic in a local community
The degree experience is...
The same kind of courses you’ll find on campus, with the flexibility to learn when and where you want.
Collaborate with a global network of classmates, instructors, and alumni.
Innovative courses with lectures from some of the world’s best instructors and hands-on projects.
Practical courses designed to help you master skills that you can start applying to your career right away.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Students earn a Master of Public Health.
No, students cannot switch from an online to a residential program.
The school year is broken into four terms: fall, winter, spring, and summer. Some foundational courses will run on a monthly basis, but classes will generally run every term. Students will be able to choose the order in which they take their classes.
Most students will complete the program in two years. There is a requirement to complete the program within five years.
This multidisciplinary degree will prepare you for a broad range of careers in public health, including in biostatistics, epidemiology, community health, leadership roles in the health management field, or public health policy professions. In this program, you’ll have the opportunity to choose your path and dive deeper into focus areas that interest you.
Students will get frequent access to faculty and Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) through live office hours and email.
Students will collaborate with peers regularly.
Yes, your instructors are the same ones who teach on campus in Michigan.
To increase access to this high-quality degree program, learners will be able to pursue their MPH degree through a 100 percent online format. Online students are welcome to visit and study on campus, but this is never required during any part of the program.
No, instead there will be a capstone project involving applied practice through a network of field placement sites. Students will have an opportunity to address issues in the areas they live.
No. Instead, with the support of a network of field placement sites, each student will complete a capstone project that includes field research in their own community.
At this time, there isn’t a performance-based admissions track — but stay tuned; there may be in the future.
Yes, it is a base SOPHAS fee of $135, and an additional UMSPH supplemental fee of $75, for a total of $210. Fee waivers are available for eligible applicants. Learn more.
Yes, you can apply to both programs through SOPHAS. However, if accepted to both, you will need to choose one prior to enrollment.
Like applicants to residential programs at the University of Michigan, we encourage applicants to our online program to submit their FAFSA as soon as possible. Submitting your FAFSA and designating the University of Michigan as a college of choice will allow our Office of Financial Aid to calculate a financial package if you are admitted. All need-based financial aid is coordinated through the Office of Financial Aid.
Yes. All online students will have access to internal job boards and career fairs, as well as access to 1:1 engagement through the alumni mentor network and corporate partner network. MPH students are members of the Michigan community and get access to a wide range of student services, including career counseling and free Michigan Online course certificate programs across learning disciplines.
Applicants should have a Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution. There is no requirement for work experience.
- Transcripts: 4-year bachelor's degree conferred from regionally accredited US institution or equivalent (WES ICAP verification for international)
- Statement of purpose/objectives (1,500 words)
- Reflective essay (500 words)
- Letters of recommendation (3)
- Test Scores: GRE or MCAT
- For applicants whose native language is not English, please refer to our Language Proficiency Requirements. This will provide minimum TOEFL score requirements and information on other English Proficiency Exams accepted.
Applications for the Fall 2020 cohort will open on November 1, 2019.
Online MPH tuition rates are $960/credit hour for Michigan residents, and $1060/credit hour for non-Michigan residents. We offer competitive rates for both in-state and out-of-state students. Because U-M is partially state-funded, Michigan residents pay a lower rate.
Rates are subject to change and approval by the Regents of the University of Michigan.
You won’t be billed upfront for the whole degree. Instead, you’ll pay as you go: each time you take a course, you’ll pay the tuition just for that course. If you need to take a term off you won’t be charged until you restart your courses.
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