Prerequisites

Before beginning the bachelor’s degree program you must complete the prerequisite courses (listed below) and have a minimum of 54 transferable credits. However, students attending institutions that do not offer equivalents of PUBHLTH 200 and STATS 250 will be given full consideration for admission. If admitted the student will have the opportunity to take these courses in their first semester at Michigan Public Health. External transfer students can learn more about how credits transfer here.

Applicants who complete all required coursework before application review begins (February of each year) will be most competitive for admission. All applications will be reviewed and considered for admission, even if the applicant is currently enrolled in or has not yet completed the prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

The following coursework is required for admission to the undergraduate program. The prerequisites must be fulfilled by courses taken for college credit (no AP courses) and students must earn a C- or better to fulfill the requirement (no pass/fail)*. Prerequisite courses are listed below, click the + sign for a description and list of approved courses. 

This course is intended to serve as an introduction to the major issues of public health with a focus on the United States, although global health issues are considered as well. The course examines what those issues are, what determines them, and how they can be altered. As a survey of the entire field of public health, the course provides a broad overview for students wishing no more than an introduction to the field, as well as good grounding for students who wish to pursue additional coursework in public health.

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Applications from students attending institutions that do not offer an equivalent of PUBHLTH 200 will be given full consideration. If admitted the student will have the opportunity to take these courses in their first semester at Michigan Public Health. Visit the transfer credit page for more information. 

A one term course in applied statistical methodology from an analysis-of-data viewpoint: Frequency distributions; measures of location; mean, median, mode; measures of dispersion; variance; graphic presentation; elementary probability; populations and samples; sampling distributions; one sample univariate inference problems, and two sample problems; categorical data; regression and correlation; and analysis of variance. Use of computers in data analysis.

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Applications from students attending institutions that do not offer an equivalent of STATS 250 will be given full consideration. If admitted the student will have the opportunity to take these courses in their first semester at Michigan Public Health. Visit the transfer credit page for more information. 

The goal of the First-Year Writing Requirement is to prepare students to write in diverse academic contexts. As a broad preparation for the range of writing tasks students will encounter at the University of Michigan and beyond, FYWR courses emphasize evidenced, academic writing in a variety of genres and rhetorical situations. This course is foundational for students to master the kind of analysis and argumentation found in sophisticated academic writing.

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Students not currently attending U-M Ann Arbor can see a list of approved and not-approved courses for the FYWR here

Social Science courses focus on the study of the social behavior of individuals, groups, societies, nations, and states. Social scientists often use qualitative methods, such as ethnography, oral history, and descriptive analysis of archival materials and artifacts. They also use quantitative tools grounded in the scientific method to collect and analyze data, and form testable hypotheses about social phenomena.

Current U-M Ann Arbor students should refer to the LSA course guide for a list of approved courses. 

Students attending a school or college other than U-M Ann Arbor should complete three credits in one of the following subjects: anthropology, communications, economics, history, international studies, political science, psychology, sociology, and women's studies.

For questions about acceptable courses please email sph.inquiries@umich.edu.

Creative Expression (CE) courses entail hands-on activities that allow students to express their creativity through a wide range of arts. This differs from courses in the Humanities (HU) that are taught at a more theoretical or abstract level. For example, HU music courses focus on theory without making sounds or practicing music. CE courses teach students how to apply the theory not only on paper but through playing an instrument, creating sound, composing music, or arranging music. CE courses may address many different mediums, including the performing arts, fine arts, plastic and visual arts architecture, ceramics, metalworking, paper and textiles, woodworking, and glass.

Humanities (HU) courses focus on the human condition as expressed, for example, in literature, religion, philosophy, and the visual and performing arts. Its methods are analytical, critical, and speculative, and can often be contrasted with the quantitative and qualitative methods employed in the social sciences.

Current U-M Ann Arbor students should refer to the LSA course guide for a list of approved courses. 

Students attending a school or college other than U-M Ann Arbor should complete three credits in humanities or creative expression, see below for a list of example subjects. 

  • Creative Expression subjects: Art and Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Ensemble, Musical Theatre, and Theatre and Drama.
  • Humanities subjects: American culture, Classical Civilization, Comparative Literature, Cultural or Ethnic studies, English (this cannot double count with the FYWR), Film Television and Media, History of Art, Philosophy, Religion, and Theatre and Drama.

For questions about acceptable courses please email sph.inquiries@umich.edu.

A list of accepted Life Sciences courses offered at U-M Ann Arbor can be found here

Students taking a Life Sciences course at another U.S. college or university should look for courses that focus on the study of life and organisms. Recommended accepted courses include those in anatomy, anthropology, biology (cellular, developmental, evolutionary and molecular), ecology, histology, immunology, and physiology. Courses in chemistry and physics will not be accepted.

For questions about acceptable courses please email sph.inquiries@umich.edu.

*Courses taken outside the University of Michigan will only transfer if a grade of C or better was earned. Therefore, external transfer students must earn a C or better in the prerequisite courses. 

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