2018 New Graduate Student Orientation

The Week of Monday, August 27 – Friday, August 31, 2018 

All incoming students (MPH, MHSA, MS, and PhD) are required to attend the School of Public Health Orientation. Incoming MPH and MHSA International Students must attend International Student Check-In. If you are not sponsored by the University of Michigan on a F1 or J1 visa you do not need to attend.

Each registrant will receive a customized agenda via email by Wednesday August 22nd

Note: Incoming Public Health Undergraduate students are invited to attend the Wednesday morning portion - you will receive an email with more detailed information about your schedule of events, and a link to register.


Friday, August 24 – Incoming International MPH and  MHSA students only

  • Information presentation by the International Center (9:00am-12:00pm)
  • Current student discussion panel (12:00pm-1:00pm) Lunch will be provided
  • All MS/PhD International students will check-in via Rackham Graduate School and the International Center.
  • If you are checking in at the Public Health on August 24th, complete this form by August 10th so your MCard will be ready when you arrive.

Monday, August 27

Date & Time Activity Location
9:00am-10:00am School-wide Welcome session - students will have an opportunity to hear from the school's leadership  
10:00am-12:00pm Change It Up! bystander intervention activity M1020 SPH II and 1690 SPH I
11:00am-1:00pm MCard pick-up SPH I lobby
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch at MoJo's Across the street at Mosher-Jordan

Exemption Exams for Incoming Students

  • All students are able to take the Algebra exam if they would like to be eligible for Biostatistics core course tutoring in the fall.
  • Only students who earned a 49% or below GRE Quantitative score will be required to take the Algebra exam. Those students will be notified separately.
  • Other exemption exams will be available at this time - Students can sign-up for all exams in the orientation registration form.

Certificate Information Session-Optional

  • Certificate in Global Health with Chinyere Neale
  • Certificate in Injury Science with Sarah Stoddard
  • Certificate in Public Health Genetics with Scott Roberts
  • Certificate in Risk Science and Human Health with Rick Neitzel
  • Certificate in Health Care Infection Prevention and Control with Betsy Foxman (pre-recorded video)
  • Certificates of Interest
  • General Q&A
 1755 SPH I

Tuesday, August 28

Date & Time Activity Location
9:00am-1:00pm Practice Plunge Challenge MPH and MHSA students are required to participate in the Practice Plunge Challenge. The Practice Plunge Challenge is optional for all MS and Ph.D. students. The Challenge is an exciting way for students to learn about a key foundational public health learning objective - the 10 essential public health services. In teams, students will race around the University of Michigan campus solving clues, answering questions and performing activities related to the essential services. The first team to arrive back at SPH will be rewarded. On the day of the Practice Plunge Challenge, students should come prepared for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
1:00-3:00pm Buffet Lunch  

Wednesday, August 29

Date & Time Activity Location
8:00am-9:00am Continental breakfast Ingalls Mall
9:00am-10:00am SPH Presentations  Rackham Auditorium
10:00am-10:30am CEPH Training for MPH/MHSA Students  Rackham Auditorium
10:00am-11:30am UM-Resource Fair: Students are invited to learn about various University offices and departments. A second fair featuring SPH-specific resources and student organizations will be held at the beginning of the term Ingalls Mall
10:00am-1:00pm PhD Orientation and Luncheon 3755 SPH I
10:00am-12:30pm Undergraduate Orientation 1690 SPH I
12:00pm-4:00pm HBHE/NS - Racial Equity Event M1020 SPH II
12:30pm-1:30pm Undergraduate Lunch 1680 SPH I
1:00-4:00 Biostatistics department activities 1655 SPH I
2:00-4:00 Undergraduate Orientation (continued) 1690 SPH I

Thursday, August 30

Date & Time Activity Location
9:00am-6:00pm Department Day- Your admitting department will develop sessions and activities to highlight their programs and get you involved with the departmental community. You will receive more information about that day's events in your personalized schedule. Lunch will be provided.  
9:00am-12:00pm Undergraduate Practice Plunge  
2:00pm-4:00pm Undergraduate Practice Plunge Debriefing 1690 SPH I

Friday, August 31  

Date & Time Activity Location
10:00am-12:00pm Exemption exam make-ups - Optional  

Additional Info:

  • Lunch will be provided to participants on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
  • Please bring your reusable water bottle for lunch, water coolers will be stationed in each building

MCard:   Photo Submission link! 

If you upload your photo before August 19th, your MCard will be available for pick-up at orientation on Monday, August 28. If you submit a photo through SPH you can only pick it up at SPH orientation. If you would like your MCard before orientation, please DO NOT submit a photo to the above links and visit an MCard Issuing Station instead. If you submit a photo through Rackham, then your M-Card will only be available at Rackham's orientation.

Questions about Orientation? Connect with Admissions Coordinator Kristen McCarthy, kmcca@umich.edu