Admitted Online Students

Next Steps for Admitted Online Graduate Students

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Michigan School of Public Health! As an online master's student, you will have slightly different procedures and dates in the matriculation process than our residential students. Explore the Admitted Student Checklist and additional resources provided on this page to get started. We encourage you to connect with your program manager with additional questions and pay attention to your inbox for more information on upcoming admitted student events.

Confirm Your Enrollment

To confirm your enrollment log into your Wolverine Access account and follow the steps outlined in your admissions letter. Please note that enrollment is not complete until your non-refundable enrollment deposit is also submitted. If you are not able to accept your admissions offer at this time, you may also indicate your decision via Wolverine Access.

Review the Post-Admission Timeline

After you have been admitted to the program, there are some key dates to keep in mind. The following timeline will help you better understand when you can expect information from program staff, as well as when we'll need to hear from you.

Event Date


Admissions Decisions Go Out Mid - late March

Admissions decisions will continue to be sent to applicants in the order applications were received until all those submitted by the 5/15 deadline have been reviewed.

Scholarship Review Begins Mid- March Scholarship review will continue through the admissions season as long as funds are still available. Visit the Tuition and Financial Aid page for more information. 
Admitted Student Day #1 Late March A virtual welcome gathering where students can meet with program staff and peers. Ask questions, connect with our community, and get support in making your enrollment decision. (For early cycle admits)
Admitted Student Decision Deadline April 15 Students who have been admitted previously will need to make a decision to matriculate or withdraw. (Students who received their admissions offer around or after this date will have a later decision deadline.)
Onboarding Course Begins Early June The “Onboarding and Advising Course” on Coursera begins. This course introduces new students to the program tools, resources, and structure; it is the central orientation experience for online students.
Admitted Student Day #2 Early July A virtual welcome gathering where students can meet with program staff and peers. Ask questions, connect with our community, and get support in making your enrollment decision. (For late cycle admits)
Final Admitted Student Decision Deadline July 15 Students who have been admitted will need to confirm their decision to enroll or withdraw. 
Classes Begin! End of August Enrolled students begin courses online.

Be on the lookout for Our Admitted Student Newsletter 

The Vector: Admitted Student Edition is a newsletter sent to graduate students who have been admitted to the University of Michigan School of Public Health. We know that there is a lot to think about as you consider graduate school. You can expect to receive this newsletter every couple of weeks, and we hope it serves as your one-stop shop for helpful resources, important dates, and reminders.

If you have been admitted for Fall 2021 and are not receiving this newsletter, please email

Population and Health Sciences Admitted Student Welcome

The Population and Health Sciences Admitted Student Welcome session is an opportunity for enrolled students to begin to be further oriented with their program and build personal connections with staff, faculty, and peers before the start of classes. 

The Admitted Student Welcome will typically be held in early April. Admitted students will receive event registration information via email ahead of the event. More information will be provided on this page closer to the event.

Previous speakers have included:

  • Sharon Kardia, Associate Dean for Education, Population and Health Sciences Faculty Lead
  • Mary Beth Carroll, Assistant Director of Student Life
  • Lisa Garber, Population and Health Sciences Program Manager
  • A panel of current students - Real students will join us to answer your questions, from what a typical day looks like, to their favorite projects and courses, to the tips and tricks they think you should know coming into your graduate studies.

RECAP: 2021 Admitted Student Welcome Session 

Students can review a recording of the Population and Health Sciences Admitted Student Welcome session that was held on April 1, 2021. In this session faculty, staff, and current students led newly admitted students through the Population and Health Sciences degree programs and the graduate experience they will embark on in the coming fall. If you attended the subsequent Admitted Student Welcome session on June 29, 2021, the information in the recording below is the same. For additional questions, email your Program Manager.

Orientation Information for Online Master's Students

Coursera Onboarding and Advising Course

Our Population and Health Sciences students are primarily oriented through a specially designed Onboarding and Advising course which begins an online student's journey on the Coursera platform. The Onboarding course consists of a series of self-paced modules that guide students in preparation for the start of classes. This course offers guidance and resources to help students navigate the university, school, and program, as well as the platforms and technologies we use. 

All incoming online master’s students will receive an email from Coursera to join the Onboarding & Advising site.

The Onboarding course is now open for all matriculated students. If you are a matriculated student who has not received information on the onboarding course, please be sure to contact the Population and Health Sciences Program Manager Lisa Garber.

While online students are not required to attend any in-person orientation session, our incoming students are always welcome to plan a visit to our campus. For more information on visiting the School of Public Health as well as COVID-19 safety policies and procedures, visit the school's main orientation page.

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