Degree Options

Choosing The Right Degree

The University of Michigan School of Public Health offers an online Master of Science (MS) degree as well as a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Population and Health Sciences. Both degrees provide students with a foundational public health education that will allow them to address complex challenges and pursue innovative, lasting solutions to improve the health of communities. While the curriculum across the two degrees will be similar, students interested in population health should consider the following in deciding which degree path is the right fit for them:

MPH

This degree is for students who have an interest in the complex interplay of social, environmental, economic, political, technological, and social justice forces that shape human health globally and locally. Michigan's program emphasizes application of research methods and foundational public health principles to improve population health outcomes.

We welcome learners from varied backgrounds in health professions, health industries, government, and non-government organizations who are looking to advance their career.

**At this time, the online MPH is only open to admitted United States citizens and residents.

MS

Ideal for individuals interested in learning the science underlying key population health issues, using data to discover root causes, and testing new solutions to big public health problems. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in academia, industry, or research settings. The curriculum emphasizes multidisciplinary training in the public health sciences organized around the importance of critical thinking and its application to major health problems of the 21st century. This research-oriented program is an ideal fit for students interested in later completing a doctoral degree.

Learning Outcomes of the Population and Health Sciences program:

  •  Utilize evidence-based approach to public health through the application of epidemiological methods, data collection and data analysis.
  • Address the social determinants that contribute to health disparities and health inequities in communities.

  • Analyze the structure and function of the public health, health care, and regulatory systems that influence population health.

  • Build skills in effective and clear written, verbal, and non-verbal communications for a variety of settings and with cultural competency.

  • Learn what it takes to design and implement effective public health programs and policies.

  • Become effective evaluators, advocates and coalition-builders within policy-making.

  • Gain an understanding of the profession of public health, including its history, philosophy,and values

  • Qualitative and quantitative methods to describe and assess population health to advance evidence-based knowledge.

  • Synthesize skills and competencies learned throughout the program through the completion of a cumulative capstone project.