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Master of Public Health

University of Michigan

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.

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.


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.

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  • Provider: University of Michigan
  • Cost: $24,000 USD
  • Effort: 9 - 16 hours per week
  • Duration: 20 - 22 months
  • Language: English


  • 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