Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

When can I apply?

The application for Fall 2020 will open in November 2019. The SOPHAS application for the Michigan Public Health online MPH program will have a priority deadline of February 15 with the final deadline being May 1, 2020.

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed.

How long is the program?

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

Do graduates of the online program earn the same degree as graduates of the on-campus program?

Yes, students earn a Masters of Public Health degree certified and conferred by the University of Michigan. Online students are offered the same resources and credentials as in residence students of the School of Public Health. 

Do the same faculty teach online and on-campus courses?

Yes, your instructors are the same ones who teach on campus in Michigan.

What does the academic calendar look like? 

The school year is broken into three terms: fall, winter, spring/summer. Some foundational courses will run on a monthly basis, but classes will generally run every term. Students will be able to choose the order in which they take their classes. 

How much does the program cost?

The tuition rate for Michigan residents is $1,145 for the first credit hour and $960 per additional hour. The rate for non-residents is $1,245 for the first credit hour and $1,060 per additional hour. The Office of the Registrar maintains the master publication of these rates. The first hour amount includes the Infrastructure Maintenance Fee; our students are currently exempt from the Health Services Fee.

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.

*Applicants who meet certain criteria are eligible to have the GRE requirement waived.

**At this time, the University of Michigan's Master of Public Health in Population and Health Sciences will only be offered to admitted United States citizens and residents.

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

When do class sessions take place?

Each course will include both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. While you can watch the recorded lectures at any time of day, you will also participate in a regular live Zoom session with the instructor and your peers. Most of these will occur weekly on a weekday at 7pm ET.

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!

  • Students will get frequent access to faculty and Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) through live office hours and email. 
  • Students are always able to connect with student services staff and program advisors via the many channels built into the program such as Slack team messaging, Zoom video conferencing, and more.
  • Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate and network with like-minded peers in the field from across the country, across industries, and at varying points in their careers. 
  • All online students will have access to internal job boards and career fairs, as well as access to 1:1 engagement through the alumni mentor network and corporate partner network. MPH students are members of the Michigan community and get access to a wide range of student services, including career counseling and free Michigan Online course certificate programs across learning disciplines.

What equipment do I need?

While some content can be accessed from a mobile device, some (e.g. proctored exam, live Zoom session) requires specific equipment. The following recommendations will support proper functioning of the platforms used in this degree program:

  • PC Users: Windows 10
  • Mac Users: OSX 10.13 High Sierra
  • Webcam: 1080p (preferred) or 720p
  • Internet Speed: 3.0 Mbps
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Microphone (some webcams have this built in)
  • Headphones
  • Compatible browser: Google Chrome (preferred), Mozilla, Firefox, or Safari
  • Adobe Flash

Tools and Software used in this program

Instructors will generally utilize the following tools in their courses, students may want to familiarize themselves with the uses and functions of these tools prior to beginning courses. We’ll also offer some tips and instructions in the Onboarding course for the program, and you’ll always be able to rely on your faculty, student services staff, provider staff, and peers for support throughout your learning experience. Additional information can be found on each platform's website: 

Coursera | ProctorU | Zoom | Slack

Why is the Office of Financial Aid asking for identity verification forms?

When you will not be physically present on campus while attaining you credential, the federal government requires that you verify your identity and confirm the Statement of Educational Purpose. OFA handles this process for the entire University of Michigan. You only need to complete this step if you are accepting your offer of admission.

Can international students apply?

At this time, the University of Michigan's Master of Public Health in Population and Health Sciences will only be offered to admitted United States citizens and residents. Due to the requirements of the APEx component, we are not able to open the online program to international learners at this time. A network of vetted partners is essential for this degree and the university is building its network globally with the intention of opening this degree to non-U.S. students in the near future. 


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