The Master of Public Health (MPH) program is designed to address the needs of individuals who aim to promote and protect the health and well-being of human populations as public health professionals. Master’s degrees in public health are intended to prepare public health professionals for a broad range of positions within public health practice. There is currently increased demand throughout the world as the need and expectation for high quality public health services continues to grow. The UM-Flint MPH program is designed to enable students to excel in their chosen careers in the medical profession as both participants and leaders in the field. The program provides graduates the knowledge and skills necessary to develop broad-based and collaborative strategies to contribute to successfully resolving the public health challenges of not only today, but tomorrow as well.

Admission Information

Information for new PHHS graduate students

2015-2016 MPH Handbook


We are "Public Health in the Community." We expand the capacity of our faculty, students and communities through collaboration to eliminate health inequities.


Achieving health equity in Flint and beyond


Diversity, Inclusion & Equity

Assurance of Social Justice

Ethical Practice


Community and Partnerships 

Local-Global Synergy

The power of knowledge through teaching, research and service


Cultivate and sustain a high quality, diverse educational program and environment.

Conduct and disseminate research to advance knowledge and address health inequities.

Engage faculty and students in public health service.

Improve the health of Flint and beyond through community engagement.

Monitor and improve organizational development to support a high quality program.

MPH Core Competencies

  1. Analyze appropriate data sets for a specific public health issue.
  2. Apply statistical reasoning and methods in addressing, analyzing and solving problems in public health.
  3. Conduct descriptive and inferential techniques to describe patterns of disease and injury in human populations.
  4. Critique and evaluate the strengths and biases of health reports.
  5. Identify the social and behavioral determinants that affect health of individuals and populations.
  6. Evaluate how behavioral, social, and cultural factors relate to individual and population health and health disparities.
  7. Apply appropriate theoretical constructs in the development of intervention strategies specific to health issues.
  8. Assess federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities that control environmental health issues.
  9. Develop specific recommendations/solutions to the negative human impact of environmental risks or toxins. 
  10. Apply management theory to identify, analyze and resolve problems in public health organizations.
  11. Demonstrate ethical choices, values and professional practices implicit in public health decisions when working on a team in a public health setting.
  12. Demonstrate cultural appropriateness through interaction with diverse individuals.
  13. Engage appropriately and effectively with diverse communities. 
  14. Demonstrate appropriate communication through delivery of health information to various audiences.

MPH Health Administration Track Competencies

Health Information Management: Describe the major content areas of the health record, including administrative and demographic data, clinical data, and specialized content.

Financial Management: Analyze the principles of budgeting, management, and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.

Healthcare Quality Management: Understand and apply the context and key principles associated with quality improvement in healthcare.

Legal Issues in Healthcare: Understand current legal implications of health policy and the impact the law has on those policies.

MPH Health Education Track Competencies

Program Planning and Implementation: Plan, implement, and manage health education programs.

Community Assessment: Develop and plan for community assessment.

Health Communication: Develop a strategic plan for a focused communication strategy that will be implemented within the local community and/or present information to different audiences in-person, through information technologies, or through media channels; and strategically design the information and knowledge exchange process to achieve specific objectives.

Health Education & Promotion Program Evaluation: Write a grant proposal that presents the objectives, logic model, and methodology of an evaluation.


A.      MPH Entrance Survey

B.      Core Courses (23 credits)

          All of the following:

          HCR 500 – Epidemiology (F)

          HED 540 – Health Education Theory & Strategies (F/W)

          HED 547 – Biostatistics for Health Professionals (W)

          HED 562 – Cultural Competence in Health Care (F/W/SP)

          PHS 500 – Social Determinants of Health (F/W)

          PHS 501 – Public Health Administration & Policy (SP/F)

          PHS 520 – Environmental Health (W)

C.      Health Education or Health Administration track (12 credits):

          Health Education Track

          HED 541 – Program Planning & Design (W)

          HED 543 – Community Assessment (SP)

          HED 545 – Health Communication (W)

          HED 546 – Eval of Health Education & Promotion Programs (F)


          Health Administration Track

          HCR 577 – Financial Management (F/W/SP)

          HCR 578 – Healthcare Quality Management (F/W/SU)

          HCR 587 – Legal & Ethical Public Health Issues (all terms)

          PHS 567 – Information Management Systems (SU/FA)

D.      Required Elective (3 credits)

  Selected with advisor

E.      Practicum (3-6 credits)

          PHS 590 – PH Internship (all terms with faculty approval)

F.       Capstone Experience (3credits):

          PHS 595 – Capstone (all terms-with approval)

G.       MPH Exit Survey

For more course information, please visit the catalog here.