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. 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.

Program Information


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
  • Professionalism
  • 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.


1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice.

2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context.

3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate.

4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice.

5. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings.

6. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels.

7. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health.

8. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs.

9. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention.

10. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management.

11. Select methods to evaluate public health programs

12. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence.

13. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes.

14. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations.

15. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity.

16. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making.

17. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges.

18. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors.

19. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation.

20. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content.

21. Perform effectively on interprofessional teams.

22. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue.



1. Synthesize and evaluate principles of accounting and financial management. 

2. Create and evaluate quality improvement principles. 

3. Evaluate all elements of the electronic medical record including administrative, demographic, and clinical data. 

4. Create, analyze and advocate for effective healthcare policies.

5. Apply and evaluate ethical choices in all public health decision making.



1.  Apply theoretical constructs in the development of intervention strategies specific to health issues.

2.  Apply data collection methods and strategies through an ecological framework to assess community needs, assets, and capacity.

3.  Develop and deliver a variety of health communication strategies, methods and techniques to promote behavior change.

4.  Develop logic models to guide evaluation process.

5.  Utilize planning modes to develop health education and health promotion programs.




The Department of Public Health & Health Sciences is pursuing accreditation for its public health programs (MPH & BS) through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) . This extensive process is enhanced through input from our many stakeholders. See below for opportunities to participate in this process.

Serve in an advisory capacity on one of the following committees:

Admissions, Recruitment and Retention



Public Health Advisory Committee

Research & Community Engagement

Review select sections of the self-study document and data

Complete surveys as needed on various aspects of the program, such as:

Academic advising surveys (current students)

Alumni perceptions of program effectiveness

Course evaluations (current students)

Input on workforce development ideas and effectiveness

Staff services

If you are interested in any aspect of this process please email Dr. Michelle Sahli your contact information at:

Criterion for the accreditation process is below:

2016 CEPH Criteria for Schools and Programs