Centers & Programs

Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP)

The Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) is a CDC funded program, designed to encourage underrepresented college students to consider careers in public health. The program is a 10-week residential summer program that begins in late May and runs through early August.

Michigan Public Health Training Center

MPHTC provides continuing education to those who promote and protect the health and quality of life in our communities by offering face-to-face and online instruction to students drawn from state and local health departments, community-based organizations, health delivery systems, and health plans, as well as those studying public health.

Practice Plunge

The Practice Plunge is an opportunity for incoming and second year SPH students to step outside the classroom and into public health practice. Held during New Student Orientation, students participating in the Practice Plunge visit a local public health department and participate in a public health project with a community-based organization.

Practice Summit

The Office of Public Health Practice has held an Academic-Practice Summit to explore linkages between Governmental Public Health and Academia since 2006. Summit events include a welcome by the Dean of the School of Public Health and a keynote address by a leader in the field of public health. Summit sessions highlight new SPH initiatives and focus on academic-practice collaborations. Invitees include SPH faculty and students, Health Officers and Medical Directors from all 45 local health departments in Michigan, designated leadership of the Michigan Department of Community Health, and other public health practice partners.

Public Health Action Support Team (PHAST)

PHAST is a student-driven group with a faculty advisor whose mission is to make public health practice opportunities more accessible to students. The main objective is to actively assist local and state health departments in meeting the demands of certain public health events, disasters and investigations.

Flint Initiatives

The Flint Initiatives Program, funded by the UM SPH dean, serves as a bridge between the Flint community and UM SPH expertise and resources to collaboratively support the ongoing water crisis response. The work includes coordinating the UM SPH Flint Task Force, connecting SPH faculty and students to Flint service projects, and serving as a liaison for SPH-Flint partnership exploration and facilitation, especially for public health practice projects.

For more information, please contact Mona Munroe-Younis, Program Manager, Flint Initiatives in the U-M SPH Office of Student Engagement and Practice. She can be reached at and (734) 764-3404.