Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint Public Health (MPH) Program Apart?

FOCUS:
  • The UM-Flint Master of Public Health is grounded in the foundational partnerships we have in the city of Flint and the surrounding communities. UM-Flint’s MPH is “Public Health in the City.”
  • Choose from two concentrations: Health Education or Health Care Administration.
FLEXIBILITY:
  • The MPH requires a minimum of 42 credit hours and may be completed part-time or full-time.
  • Courses in the MPH program can be taken completely through the Flint campus, with a combination of online and on-campus courses, or the Flint campus courses can be taken in combination with the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Certificate in Foundations of Public Health (CFPH) program, which features all online courses.
RESOURCES:
  • You will have access to the extensive research resources at the multiple libraries through both the Flint and Ann Arbor campuses.
  • Small class sizes allow increased student/faculty interaction.
  • UM-Flint faculty work closely with you through your internship and capstone, allowing you to develop a portfolio product that addresses a current public health challenge.   
  • Students choosing to enroll in the Ann Arbor CFPH program are exposed to the faculty of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) School of Public Health, which is consistently ranked among the top 5 schools of public health nationwide. 
  • Online courses are offered through high-quality course management systems and are taught by the same expert faculty who teach on-campus courses.
RESULTS:
  • You will be prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop broad-based and collaborative strategies that contribute successful resolutions to public health challenges.
  • For students choosing to complete the Ann Arbor CFPH courses, you may earn both the University of Michigan-Flint Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Certificate in the Foundations of Public Health (CFPH).
In-Depth:

The UM-Flint MPH degree can be earned in one of two pathways:

  1. All required courses taken through the Flint Campus OR
  2. A combination of online courses taken from the Ann Arbor CFPH program and coursework through the Flint campus.

Both options lead to the same Master of Public Health Degree awarded by the University of Michigan-Flint.

Admission

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institutionwith sufficient preparation in algebra to succeed in Biostatistics
  • Minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of both prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in graduate courses. They may be taken at any accredited university.
    • BIO 104 or an equivalent course in anatomy and physiology
    • COM/THE 210 Introduction to Public Speaking, an equivalent course, or relevant experience

Note:  Applicants who have been admitted to UM-Ann Arbor’s Certificate in the Foundations of Public Health (CFPH) program qualify for automatic admission to the UM-Flint MPH program upon application and will have prerequisite course requirements waived.  Please note that the CFPH program requires:

  • Bachelor’s degree with sufficient preparation in algebra to succeed in the introductory Biostatistics course
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate study
  • Proficiency in basic computer skills

Applying

To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation* from individuals that can speak to your past academic performance and/or your potential for successfully completing the MPH program
  • Statement of Purpose* that addresses your understanding of and interest in public health and how you anticipate a Master of Public Health degree will help you in future professional settings
  • International students must submit additional documentation.  Visit the International Students page for details.

Note to CFPH applicants/students/graduates:  If you are applying to the CFPH program or have already started or completed the CFPH program through the Ann Arbor campus, consult this list of Frequently Asked Questions with answers to common questions about applying to the UM-Flint MPH program. 

*Letters of recommendation and a Statement of Purpose are not required for students admitted to or graduated from the Ann Arbor CFPH program.  If you have already completed CFPH coursework, your U-M transcript is sufficient to exempt you from these documents. If you have not completed coursework, a copy of your admission email from the School of Public Health is appropriate to exempt you from these requirements.

Application Deadlines

The program has rolling admissions and reviews completed applications each month.

Application deadlines are as follows:    

  • Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1
  • Winter – November 15
  • Spring – March 15

*You must apply by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester, September 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term.

Please note that students applying to UM-Ann Arbor’s CFPH program must adhere to the CFPH deadlines, which are different than those listed here.  Additional information is available at http://www.sph.umich.edu/distance.

Courses

Public Health (Master in Public Health)

The UM-Flint MPH degree can be earned in one of two pathways:

  1. All required courses taken through the Flint Campus OR
  2. A combination of online courses taken from the Ann Arbor CFPH program and coursework through the Flint Campus.

Both options lead to the same Master of Public Health Degree awarded by the University of Michigan-Flint.

100% FLINT
Requirements.   A minimum of 42 credits as follows.

  1. Core courses (22 credits).
    HCR 500 - Epidemiology. 
    HED 540 - Health Education Theory and Strategies. 
    HED 547 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals. 
    HED 562 - Cultural Competence in Health Care. 
    PHS 500 - Social Determinants of Health.  
    PHS 501 - Public Health Administration and Policy. 
    PHS 520 - Environmental Health. 
  2. Health Education or Health Administration Concentration (12 credits).
    Health Education Concentration
    HED 541 - Program Planning and Program Design.  
    HED 543 - Community Assessment.   
    HED 545 - Health Communications. 
    HED 546 - Evaluation of Health Education and Promotion Programs. 
    Health Administration Concentration
    HCR 577 - Financial Management in Health Care. 
    HCR 578 - Healthcare Quality Management. 
    HCR 587 - Legal Issues in Health Care. 
    PHS 567 - Health Information Management. 
  3. Elective (3 credits).  Chosen with the advisor.
  4. Capstone Experience (3 credits).
    PHS 595 - Public Health Capstone.  
  5. Practicum (3-6 credits).
    PHS 590 - Internship.  (May be waived for public health practitioners, who take additional electives to reach a total of 42 credits).

CFPH + FLINT
Requirements.   A minimum of 42 credits as follows.

  1. CEPH + UMF Core courses (22 credits).
    EPID 503 - Strategies and Uses of Epidemiology
    HBE/HED 600 - Psychological Factors in Health Related Behavior
    BIOSTAT 503 - Introduction to Biostatistics
    EHS 500 - Principles of Environmental Health Care
    HED 562 - Cultural Competence in Health Care. 
    PHS 500 - Social Determinants of Health.  
    PHS 501 - Public Health Administration and Policy. 
  2. Health Education or Health Administration Concentration (12 credits).
    Health Education Concentration
    HED 541 - Program Planning and Program Design.  
    HED 543 - Community Assessment.   
    HED 545 - Health Communications. 
    HED 546 - Evaluation of Health Education and Promotion Programs. 
    Health Administration Concentration
    HCR 577 - Financial Management in Health Care. 
    HCR 578 - Healthcare Quality Management. 
    HCR 587 - Legal Issues in Health Care. 
    PHS 567 - Health Information Management. 
  3. CFPH Elective (3 credits).
    HMP 602 - Survey of the U.S. Health Care System 
  4. Capstone experience (3 credits).
    PHS 595 - Public Health Capstone.  
  5. Practicum (3-6 credits).
    PHS 590 - Internship.  (May be waived for public health practitioners, who take additional electives to reach a total of 42 credits).

 

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