Frequently Asked Questions

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How long is the program?

The program is designed to be completed in 20 months with an expectation of ~15 hours per week spent on coursework. View a sample course schedule.

How much does the program cost?

Online MPH tuition rates are anticipated to be $960/credit hour for Michigan residents, and $1060/credit hour for non-Michigan residents. These anticipated rates are subject to approval by the Regents of the University of Michigan in June 2019. Please be sure you join our mailing list to receive updates. 

Do you offer financial aid?

Like applicants to residential programs at the University of Michigan, we encourage applicants to our online program to submit their FAFSA as soon as possible. Submitting your FAFSA and designating the University of Michigan as a college of choice will allow our Office of Financial Aid to calculate a financial package if you are admitted. All need-based financial aid is coordinated through the Office of Financial Aid.

What are the requirements to apply for the online Master of Public Health program?

The requirements include the following:

  • SOPHAS application
  • Transcripts: 4-year bachelor's degree conferred from regionally accredited US institution or equivalent (WES ICAP verification for international)
  • Statement of purpose/objectives (1,500 words)
  • Reflective essay (500 words)
  • Resume/CV
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Test Scores: GRE or MCAT
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, please refer to our Language Proficiency Requirements. This will provide minimum TOEFL score requirements and information on other English Proficiency Exams accepted.

For more detailed information, please view our application requirements page.

Who is this degree for?

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.

The program is designed to be completed in 20 months, with an expecation of 10-15 hours per week spent on coursework, making it feasible for working professionals to earn this degree.

When can I apply?

The application for Fall 2020 will open in November 2019. The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed.

When will the program start?

Our first cohort will begin the online program in Fall 2019. 

What type of support will I receive once I enroll?

The Office of Student Engagement and Practice (OSEP) is dedicated to student success. The Population and Health Sciences MPH program manager, faculty director, and OSEP team will help you to succeed academically and to develop your professional skills along the way. From your initial course selection and elective exploration through resume building and networking -- we're here for you!

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