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.
Through the Master of Public Health in Population and Health Sciences program, you will:
- Develop an understanding of an evidence-based approach to public health through the application of epidemiological methods, data collection and data analysis.
- Learn to address the social determinants that contribute to health disparities and health inequities in communities.
- Develop an understanding of the structure and function of the public health, health care, and regulatory systems that influence population health.
- Gain training in effective and clear written, verbal, and non-verbal communications.
- Acquire planning and management skills to design and implement effective public health programs and policies.
- Examine the multi-dimensions of the policy-making process to become effective evaluators, advocates and coalition-builders.
- Discover the importance of cultural competence and gain skills to become effective communicators and leaders in decision-making in a multitude of settings.
- Gain an understanding of the profession of public health, including its history and values, as well as the role of 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 an integrative experience and applied practice.