Value of a U-M School of Public Health Degree

What can you do with a public health degree from U-M SPH? Just about anything.

Your U-M degree tells employers that you've had rigorous training with top faculty in your field, and are prepared to make significant contributions to any organization from day one. Within six months of graduation, 94% of U-M SPH graduates are employed, finishing fellowships or internships, or pursuing advanced degree or postdoctoral work..

  • 86%of U-M SPH graduates are satisfied or very satisfied with their career

Making an Impact

Our alumni network of more than 14,000 graduates is making a big impact. When you look at the faculty roster of any top school, you'll find many U-M alumni — including the deans of the Harvard, Emory, and University of North Carolina schools of public health. Fourteen of the past presidents of the American Public Health Association are graduates of U-M SPH. Our alumni are also well represented in government and industry, including at the Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, the CDC, Google, the Clinton Foundation, and many others.

Anand Parekh

Anand Parekh, MD, MPH '02

While at U-M, Parekh studied across an array of disciplines — political science, public health and medicine. Thanks to his training, he is now able to create systems-level change in his current role as the deputy assistant secretary of health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Your U-M SPH education will prepare you not only to make a difference, but to blaze new trails and lead change.

Our students come from myriad undergraduate degree programs, and from careers in the health professions and business. They range in age from 21 to 71, averaging about 26. If you have a strong interest in the human condition, human health, health disparities, human interaction with the environment, health policy, the business of health and health systems, or any field that impacts the health and longevity of your fellow humans, you should consider pursuing a degree in public health.

A Variety of Opportunities

U-M SPH alumni go on to successful and fulfilling careers in:

  • Hospitals
  • Health systems
  • Universities
  • Research firms
  • Advocacy groups
  • Government agencies
  • NGOs
  • Community-based organizations
  • Business leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Health professions, such as nursing, PA, PT, and medicine
  • Hundreds of individual specialties