Why Michigan Public Health?

Our undergraduate program emphasizes multidisciplinary training, with a focus on 21st-century public health problems such as antimicrobial resistance, emerging infectious diseases, bioterrorism, obesity, unequal access to care, rapid technological changes in the health care system, environmental toxins, shortage of clean water, tobacco use, climate impacts on food supply, and dozens of other topics.

Why should I study Public Health?

  • Public Health encompasses many fields of study, including infectious & chronic disease, nutrition, environmental hazards, public policy, global health issues, and more.
  • Public Health students acquire skills that are applicable to numerous disciplines and careers.
  • Education in public health facilitates the ability of undergraduate students to actively engage in the process of building healthy societies. Consequently, a public health education draws from many disciplines ranging from urban planning and engineering to medicine, policy, sociology, business administration and data science, to achieve its goals.

What will I learn as a Public Health major?

  • The curriculum features interdisciplinary coursework that emphasizes social justice, engaged learning, cultural humility, and is designed to foster leadership and create responsible citizens. Read more about our liberal education approach
  • Courses focus on the foundations of public health, including the field's history and values, health determinants, health policy and communications, and the public health and health care system.
  • Students will learn how data can be collected, analyzed, and employed to better address population level health challenges, as well as how to plan, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve public health problems. Read more about learning domains covered in the undergraduate curriculum. 

What careers can I pursue in Public Health?

  • The BA and BS in Public Health will prepare students for early career, entry-level positions in the public health workforce, or in other health-related public or private organizations and institutions.
  • These degrees can prepare students for entry into graduate training programs in public health and other health sciences including medicine, dentistry, nursing, kinesiology, pharmacy, and social work by acquiring the necessary prerequisite coursework.

What is Public Health?