Master’s of Public Health Program

The MPH degree: Focuses on socioeconomic conditions, cultural beliefs and practices, behavioral risk factors, and environmental exposures that influence population health. Preparation for leadership roles in public and private sector careers in public health policy, planning, and advocacy. 

All students working toward the 60-credit-hour MPH 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. 

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 we expect our students to have when they leave the program. The competencies are found in our HMP Competency Model, which is updated periodically and is based on research, the knowledge base for these fields, and ongoing feedback from professionals in the field.

All students in HMP must complete the SPH CORE curriculum, including the Foundations of Public Health Practice module, which addresses the 12 foundational learning objectives of public health and is part of the curricular requirements for master’s and doctoral students.

The Michigan Public Health Core Curriculum addresses foundational competencies and learning objectives required of all MPH students and includes a series of eight courses, collectively taught by our six academic departments. The Core introduces the knowledge and skills needed by professionals to demonstrate excellence in the practice of public health. Students will learn key public health concepts, such as the use of evidence-based approaches to public health, an introduction to the public health sciences, and the ways in which the public health and health care systems influence health outcomes. Coursework also contributes to skills in public health policy and programming, leadership, and communication. Lastly, the Core supports students in working with those in other professions and taking a systems-based approach to solutions, both of which are critical to effective public health practice.

Questions?

Contact the HMP Admissions Team at hmp.admissions@umich.edu.