Master’s of Public Health Program
The M.P.H. degree program promotes a broad focus on the myriad factors that influence population health. These factors include medical care, socioeconomic conditions, cultural beliefs and practices, behavioral risk factors, and environmental exposures. The curriculum provides training and skills in the management of public health programs and initiatives, and the analysis of public health policies. This degree is appropriate for those who want to manage health programs that deliver preventive healthcare and other public health services in a wide range of institutions, public and private, both in the U.S. and internationally. The degree also prepares students for public- and private-sector careers in public health policy, planning, and advocacy.
All residential master degrees (except for the dual degree programs) require 60 credits spread over two years with a required internship in the summer between the first and second year.
We have designed our curriculum around a set of core competencies that define professional excellence in health management and policy. The competency base defines professional skills that students should have when they complete the program. The competencies are found in our Competency Model, which is updated periodically and based on research, the knowledge base for these fields, and ongoing feedback from professionals in the field.
All students working toward the 60-credit-hour M.P.H. or M.H.S.A. degree take a set of courses designed to provide an in-depth education in the issues, skills, and competencies necessary for leaders in the field of health management and policy. The core curriculum comprises 60 credits, including electives.
M.P.H. Core Curriculum
|TOTAL Core (not including electives)||40|
|Health Services Systems||HMP 600 and 601||6|
|Professional Development||HMP 620||1|
|Healthcare Accounting||HMP 608||2|
|Heath Policy||HMP 615||3|
|Law or Political Science||HMP 652 or 653 (Law), or HMP 684 or685 (PoliSci)||3|
|Organizational Theory / Management||HMP 603 or 604||3|
|Economics of HMP I||HMP 600||3|
|Economics of HMP II||HMP 674||3|
|Biostatistics||BIO 501 or BIO 551 or other||4|
|Quantitative Methods||BIO 502, BIO 522 or HMP 654||3|
|Principles of Environmental Health Sciences||EHS 500||3|
|Integrative Capstone Course||HMP 682||3|
In addition to the core curriculum, students must take one or two additional required courses depending upon their degree choice:
Students electing the M.H.S.A. must take Managerial Accounting (HMP 606, 3 credits) and Corporate Finance (HMP 607, 3 credits).
Students electing the M.P.H. must take either Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health (HMP 610, 3 credits) or Program Evaluation in Public Health (HMP 640, 3 credits).
In addition, students can tailor their elective course choices to their interests.
All HMP master’s students are required to do a 10–12 week internship between the first and second years of study. Students are placed in organizations and institutions based on their career interests, and are given assignments and projects of significant responsibility under the guidance and mentorship of a preceptor. This type of experiential learning is a critical component of our curriculum, as it gives students the opportunity to apply and more deeply understand what they are learning in the classroom and to enhance many professional skills. In addition, the internship experience leads to professional connections that will be helpful for years to come.
HMP students intern at a wide variety of organizations, including hospitals and health systems, health insurance plans, health departments, community health centers, advocacy organizations, professional associations, think tanks, foundations, state/federal government agencies, and global health initiatives. The majority of students are paid for their internship work. The department provides significant guidance and assistance in the internship process. In 2010, 94 percent of HMP students and 98 percent of preceptors reported a positive and satisfactory internship experience. Many internship experiences end with a job offer.
Where do HMP students do their internships? Everywhere! The department is sensitive to a student's location needs and works with our alumni network and faculty contacts to find internships in a wide variety of cities throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Admissions and Funding
We invite applications to the M.H.S.A., M.P.H., and M.S. programs from prospective students who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university. Since we are looking for students with varied backgrounds and interests, the department welcomes applicants from all undergraduate majors, and therefore no specific undergraduate courses are required. Suggested preparation for interested students may include course work in basic statistics, microeconomics, the behavioral and social sciences, and American government. Students interested in management are also encouraged to complete at least one college-level course in principles of accounting.
The faculty selection committee places greater emphasis on overall sound scholarship and promise of development than on the precise focus of the baccalaureate degree. We also encourage applications from individuals with work experience in the public health system or the healthcare industry, although no experience is required.
Qualified applicants will be invited to come, at their own expense, to the university for a visit. The Visit Day is not a campus tour (though one is included in the schedule), the visitation is an important step in our admissions process! It is important for an applicant to find a program that fits their needs and expectations. And it is just as important for a department to select students that will both diversify and enhance the program and the university community of scholars. Therefore, the Visit Day serves a pivotal role in assisting both applicant and department in this crucial decision. Applicants who have attended previous Visit Days were very enthusiastic about their experience and said it was a deciding factor in choosing Michigan. (Please note: Being invited to the Visit Day does not guarantee admission.)
Financial Aid and Funding Information
Financial aid is available to qualified students in a variety of forms from the university, the School of Public Health, and the Department of Health Management and Policy. HMP scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit. HMP tries to provide as many students as possible with monetary aid, with over 40 percent of our admitted receiving a departmental scholarship. Most of these awards are only partial tuition scholarships of 50 percent or less, with few awards of 75 to 100 percent.
Contact the HMP Admissions Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.